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Finning is FINished in NY!

Published 07/26/13

Thrilling news in the fight against shark finning! New York governor Andrew Cuomo signed A.1769b/S.1711b, a bill that will finally make the possession and sale of shark fins illegal in the state. We applaud the New York legislature for taking strong action to end to it.

Link: Humane Society

How The World Is Saving The Shark

Published 07/17/13

Stopping the killing of sharks is part of a broader movement to stop the killing of wild animals and the trafficking of wildlife products around the world -- products that come from poaching elephants, tigers and rhinos, in addition to killing marine life --- and why Born Free USA works on such issues.

Link: CNN


White rhino 'Charlie' euthanized at Greater Vancouver Zoo

Published 07/11/13

Born Free USA weighs in on the death of Charlie, The Greater Vancouver Zoo's 46-year-old southern white rhinoceros who was euthanized, by mourning a life spent in captivity and hopes another rhino is not condemned to take his place behind bars.

Link: CBC News


Putting Life Back In The Wild

Published 07/01/13

"The Hindu" interviews our CEO, Will Travers, about the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) conference and the Species Survival Network (SSN), a coalition of nearly 100 organizations committed to the strict enforcement of the CITES resolutions, of which Born Free USA is a member.

Link: The Hindu


Africa on the Edge

Published 07/01/13

Born Free USA's CEO Will Travers reports on the brutal events unfolding in Africa regarding the wildlife trade, specifically in ivory. He's discovered an undeniable truth: that human-related and animal-related aspects of the crisis are directly connected. The facilitation of poaching operations by the corruption in Central African countries' governments and as well as the region's engagement in civil war, have a detrimental effect on the elephant population.

Link: Huffington Post


Footloose Montana Deserves Credit for Work on Trapping Issue

Published 06/30/13

Born Free USA thanks Footloose Montana for its hard work on the 2013 ballot initiative to prohibit trapping on public lands and the state of Montana.

Link: Billings Gazette


Bloom’s Assembly Bill Calls for Action on Bobcats

Published 06/27/13

Born Free USA highlights the importance of passing AB 1213, the Bobcat Protection Act and urges all Californians to speak up.

Link: Topanga Messenger

Montanans must voice support for initiative to ban trapping on public lands

Published 06/24/13

Getting this anti-trapping measure on the ballot in Montana would be an important step toward ending the cruelty associated with cruel and indiscriminate traps - saving both wildlife and dogs and cats.

Link: Missoulian

Chimp Attack Victim Denied $150 Million Lawsuit Against State

Published 06/19/13

Charla Nash has unfortunately not prevailed in her attempt to hold the State of Connecticut accountable for the mauling she sustained at the hands of a privately held chimpanzee. Born Free USA’s Adam Roberts advised the Nash legal team in the case.

Link: CNN


Listen: New York Bar Association

Published 06/19/13

Audio recording of the roundtable discussion on the elephant and rhino poaching crisis, sponsored by the New York Bar Association. The panelists included a reporter for National Geographic, representative from INTERPOL, NY state wildlife law enforcement officer and Born Free USA's EVP Adam Roberts.

Listen: New York Bar Association


Outlawing Shark Finning Is Important

Published 06/17/13

Born Free USA points out that if state and federal legislation works together, sharks will have the best chance of escaping suffering and death.

Link: Marianas Variety


Few Owners Register Exotic Animals

Published 06/11/13

In Ohio, 142 private owners registered a total of 360 dangerous wild animals during a two-month registration period last year, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. But that number, some experts say, doesn't begin to capture the number of exotic animals that are being kept by private owners throughout the state.

Link: Dayton Daily News


Avoid Encounters of the Wild Kind During Outdoor Activities

Published 06/11/13

Learning how to respect and respond to wildlife in your backyard — and while camping, picnicking, and hiking — can mean the difference between co-existing peacefully and being in serious danger. Remember "fed wildlife is dead wildlife."

Link: Living Green Magazine


Avoid Wildlife Encounters this Summer

Published 06/11/13

With Summer here, so is the prime time for spotting wildlife and in case you encounter a wild animal during your outdoor activities, Born Free USA has some tips for you. One being to remember that you are on their turf.

Link: Pet News and Views


Let's Keep Moving in the Right Direction

Published 06/11/13

Born Free USA urges the ban of cruel, indiscriminate traps to save dogs, cats and wildlife and supports Senator Sanderson and SB 689.

Link: Star News Online


Op-Ed: Tracy Coppola and Adam Roberts: House Bill Protects People and Big Cats

Published 06/10/13
Source: The Fresno Bee

Keeping big cats as pets, in private zoo exhibits or for photo opportunities with any unwitting member of the community is a serious problem that must stop. Born Free USA commends Reps. McKeon and Sanchez for spearheading the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act (H.R. 1998) to prohibit the breeding and private possession of big cats and requiring current "owners" to register their big cats with the USDA.

Link: The Fresno Bee


Bear euthanized after it attacks woman

Published 05/31/13
Source: News Times Connecticut

A black bear was euthanized after chasing a pet dog and injuring a woman Wednesday morning, a state spokesman confirmed. Born Free USA reminds people that it's best to avoid a conflict from the start.

Link: News Times Connecticut

Prince Charles Calls for War on Animal Poachers

Published 05/23/13
By Fiona Harvey, The Guardian (U.K.)

Prince Charles has warned that criminal gangs are turning to animal poaching, an unprecedented slaughter of species that can only be stopped by waging war on the perpetrators, in the latest of a series of increasingly outspoken speeches about the environment.

Link: Guardian.co.uk


National Geographic Embraces Our Database

Published 05/21/13

National Geographic used our Exotic Animal Incidents database to compile this creative online graphic earlier this year.

Link: NationalGeographic.com


California Japanese Restaurant Skewered for Serving Lion Meat

Published 05/20/13
By Aaron Kinney, San Mateo County Times

A Japanese restaurant that offers exotic meats may have bitten off more than it can chew. Mokutanya charcoal grill recently added African lion to the menu as a promotional item, and news accounts have generated a swiftly developing backlash on Facebook and other social media sites. Meanwhile, an animal rights advocate, who has investigated how lion meat is produced, said consumers should be wary.

Link: MercuryNews.com

Wildlife Agency Looking into Croc’s Death in Keys

Published 05/16/13
By CBS Miami

Wildlife officials are looking for answers after a crocodile was found dead in Florida Bay. The croc’s body was found floating in the water near Islamorada on Sunday (May 12), according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Link: Miami.CBSLocal.com

Colorado Wildlife Ranger Fined for Poaching Mule Deer

Published 05/15/13
By Channel 7 (ABC), Denver

A Colorado Parks and Wildlife ranger has been fined and demoted, but not fired, for using artificial light while poaching a trophy mule deer after legal hunting hours last October.

Link: TheDenverChannel.com

Montana Looks to Expand Hunting of Wolves Despite Criticism

Published 05/14/13
By Laura Zuckerman, Reuters

Conservationists are criticizing a plan by wildlife managers in Montana that would nearly double the number of wolves a person is allowed to kill each year, lengthen the hunting season and sanction shooting of wolves near baited traps.

Link: Yahoo! News

South Dakota Wildlife Officers Kill Three Mountain Lions

Published 05/13/13
By Kevin Woster, Rapid City (SD) Journal

Life is more relaxed in Keystone these days, following the shooting of three mountain lions that had confronted dogs, strolled through yards and killed deer on city streets. State Game, Fish & Parks Department officers killed an adult female lion and two 40-pound kittens in Keystone on the nights of May 5 and May 6 after a string of cat sightings in town over several weeks.

Link: RapidCityJournal.com

Tiger, Mountain Lions Seized from Kansas Property

Published 05/08/13
By Heather Hollingsworth, Associated Press

A tiger and two mountain lions were among a menagerie of wild cats seized from private farmland in rural northeast Kansas, where they lived in inadequate chain-link enclosures and weren't properly fed or watered, authorities said Monday (May 6).

Link: Yahoo! News

Wildlife Officials Want Help in Bear Poaching Case in Snowmass Village

Published 05/07/13
By CBS 4, Denver

One of the first poaching cases of the spring has Colorado wildlife officials very worried. They found a bear next to a shed full of dumpsters in Snowmass Village.

Link: Denver.CBSlocal.com

Bear vs. Monkey Bicycle Race Ends Horribly at Shanghai Wild Animal Park

Published 05/06/13
By Andy Campbell, The Huffington Post

A bicycle race between a bear and two monkeys quickly turned from road rage to road kill, after the bear crashed and savagely mauled the simian. We don't know much about this video past the fact that it begins in glory and ends in horror. Live Leak released it on Sunday, claiming that the bear vs. monkey bicycle race is a stunt put on by the Shanghai Wild Animal Park.

Link: Huffington Post

Expert: Rhinoceroses Extinct in Mozambique

Published 05/02/13
By Michelle Faul, Associated Press

Mozambique's rhinoceros population was wiped out more than a century ago by big game hunters. Reconstituted several years ago, it has again been driven to extinction, or to the brink of extinction, by poachers seeking their horns for sale in Asia. A leading rhino expert told The Associated Press that the last rhino in the southern African nation has been killed.

Link: Yahoo! News


Montana Company Faces Fines in Fatal Bear Mauling

Published 04/30/13
By Matthew Brown, Associated Press

The death of a Montana animal trainer mauled by a pair of 500-pound captive brown bears could have been prevented if standard safety practices had been followed, federal authorities said Tuesday (April 30), as state officials revealed that the private menagerie where the death occurred has seen numerous animal escapes.

Link: Yahoo! News

EU Seal Products Import Ban Upheld by General Court

Published 04/29/13
By Associated Press

A court says the European Union's ban on importing products from seal hunts can stand, despite a challenge by manufacturers and traders. EU law authorizes the marketing of seal products resulting only from hunts traditionally conducted by Inuit communities for subsistence.

Link: Huffington Post

Humans Passing Drug Resistance to Wildlife in Protected Areas in Africa

Published 04/24/13
By Science Daily

A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered that humans are passing antibiotic resistance to wildlife, especially in protected areas where numbers of humans are limited.

Link: ScienceDaily.com

Kansas Woman Meets Circus Tiger in Bathroom

Published 04/23/13
By KVVU-TV, Las Vegas

A central Kansas woman likely won't remember her first circus for the clowns or performances — it'll be the tiger in the bathroom. The big cat had escaped briefly after its turn in the ring Saturday at the Isis Shrine Circus in Salina. Staff members blocked off the concourses at the Bicentennial Center as the tiger wandered into the bathroom, where one of the doors was blockaded.

Link: Fox5Vegas.com

Wildlife Groups: Chemical Killing Seabirds in Southwest England

Published 04/23/13

Hundreds of seabirds have been killed on the Dorset coast in southwest England by a chemical released by ships, wildlife groups say. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds said in a statement it has joined two other groups in a letter to Stephen Hammond, a member of Parliament and official in the Transportation Ministry, urging him to lead an effort to ban polyisobutene or PIB. The chemical coats birds' plumage and prevents them from feeding, causing them to starve.

Link: UPI.com

Bear Bile Industry Gets Bitten by Legal Action

Published 04/18/13
By China Daily

Chinese wildlife activists have resorted to legal action for the first time to try to end the bear bile industry, which has aroused concern due to the alleged ill treatment of bears. Animal rights activists, led by Beijing Fengtai YTAHZ Environmental Institute, a Beijing-based NGO promoting environmental protection, brought a lawsuit against the wildlife authority of Fujian province on April 11, requesting that it revoke the certificate issued to a medicine manufacturer that legally allows it to extract bile from live bears.

Link: ChinaDaily.com

Demand for Lion Bones Offers South African Breeders a Lucrative Return

Published 04/17/13
By Sebastien Hervieu, Guardian Weekly

Koos Hermanus would rather not give names to the lions he breeds. So here, behind a 2.4-metre high electric fence, is 1R, a three-and-a-half-year-old male, who consumes 5 kilograms of meat a day and weighs almost 200 kilograms. It will only leave its enclosure once it has been "booked"' by a hunter, most of whom are from the United States.

Link: Guardian.co.uk

Pangolin Meat from China Found after Boat Crashes into Coral Reef

Published 04/16/13
By Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press

A Chinese vessel that ran into a protected coral reef in the southwestern Philippines held evidence of even more environmental destruction inside: more than 10,000 kilograms (22,000 pounds) of meat from a protected species, the pangolin or scaly anteater.

Link: Huffington Post

Furs Fly as Chinese Consumers Drive Boom in U.S. Mink Farming

Published 04/15/13
By P.J. Huffstutter, Reuters

Battered by the economic downturn and years of animal rights activism in their own backyard, American mink farmers are now in a different sort of quandary: scrambling to keep up with China's demand for all things fur.

Link: Reuters.com

Kaziranga Remains a Success Story, Despite Rising Poaching

Published 04/12/13
By Hari Kumar, New York Times

One challenge facing any visitor to one of India’s tiger parks is actually seeing a tiger. Often, people leave without ever catching a glimpse. For many years, the same problem existed for visitors who came to see the rhinoceroses at the Kaziranga National Park in the northeastern state of Assam. At the low point a century ago, there were only a dozen rhinos in the entire park.

Link: NYTimes.com

Beaver Kills Man in Belarus

Published 04/11/13
By MSN

A man on a fishing trip to Lake Shestakov in Belarus spotted a beaver by the side of the road and wanted to take a picture of it. Beavers are so cute, he probably thought. Unfortunately, beaver cuteness is only skin-deep. It pounced on the man when he approached and bit him in the thigh. The bite severed a main artery and the man bled to death.

Link: MSN.com

Deadly Bat Fungus Detected in Alabama Cave Crucial to Rare Species

Published 04/09/13
By Laura Zuckerman, Reuters

A fungus tied to a disease devastating hibernating bats in the United States has been found in an Alabama cave system critical to the survival of endangered gray bats, government scientists said on Monday (April 8). Detection of the fungus that causes the bat disease, white-nose syndrome, in the Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama "could be pretty catastrophic" for the up to 1.6 million protected gray bats that hibernate there, said Paul McKenzie, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service endangered species coordinator.

Link: Yahoo! News


Illinois Bill Aims to Outlaw Lion Meat

Published 04/08/13
By Conan Milner, Epoch Times

In 1916, poet Carl Sandburg memorialized Chicago as “hog butcher to the world.” Now, one Illinois lawmaker wants to stop the city from earning a new reputation as lion butcher to the country. State Rep. Luis Arroyo (D) is behind the proposed legislation — the first in the nation to outlaw lion meat. Under Arroyo’s plan, anyone caught selling or slaughtering African lion (Panthera leo leo) would serve a year in jail and/or pay a $25,000 fine.

Link: TheEpochTimes.com


Bill Would Ban Sale of Live Animals at California Swap Meets

Published 04/03/13
By Marianne Russ, Capital Public Radio

Live animals could no longer be sold at flea markets and swap meets in California under a (Born Free USA-sponsored) bill making its way through the state Legislature. The bill cleared its first hurdle today. In an unusual show of bipartisan support, the Assembly Public Safety Committee approved the legislation unanimously. Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson said the ban is needed to protect animals and consumers.

Link: KPBS.org

Northeast Drilling Boom Threatens Forest Wildlife

Published 04/02/13
By Kevin Begos, Associated Press

Like a once-quiet neighborhood cut up by an expressway and laced with off-ramps, Northeastern forests are changing because of the pipelines crisscrossing them amid the region's gas drilling boom, experts say.

Link: Yahoo! News


Foreign Animals on Feds' Radar

Published 04/01/13
By Chad Gillis, News-Press (Fort Myers, FL)

While many Floridians are well-versed in animal protection and guarding against invasive species — such as the Burmese python — not everyone in Southwest Florida is pleased with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's foreign push and what it might mean for local animals.

Link: News-Press.com


Sen. Hatch Leads Effort to Strip Gray Wolves of Endangered Status

Published 03/27/13
By Ben Lockhart, Deseret News

Led by Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, 72 senators and representatives formally asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Monday (March 25) to delist the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act.

Link: DeseretNews.com

12 Arrests Follow Lion Killing in Kenya

Published 03/26/13
By Ponciano Odongo, Business Daily Africa

Kenya Wildlife Service wardens Tuesday (March 26) arrested 12 residents of Oldonye Sampu, Kajiado County over the killing of a lion in retaliation to an attack on three cattle. Two people were wounded when a pride of lions attacked the livestock and are recuperating at the Athi River Shalom community hospital in the latest incident of human-wildlife conflict.

Link: BusinessDailyAfrica.com


Dianna Hanson Lion Mauling: Born Free USA Urges Stricter Safety Standards

Published 03/25/13
By Chandrashekar Srinivasan, International Business Times

The tragic death of Dianna Hanson at the Cat Haven wildlife sanctuary in California should focus attention on the dangers of working in captive animal facilities, according to one of the world's foremost animal advocacy organizations.

Link: IBTimes.co.uk

South African Official Pushes for Legal Trade in Rhino Horn

Published 03/22/13
By Julian Rademeyer, Mail & Guardian

South African Environmental Affairs ­Minister Edna Molewa has thrown her weight behind controversial calls for the legalisation of trade in rhinoceros horn. Molewa said for the first time in an interview that she believes it "is the right direction" to take and could be the key to saving South Africa's increasingly threatened rhino population from extinction.

Link: MG.co.za

Poachers Kills Dozens of Elephants, Including Calves, in Chad

Published 03/21/13
By Reuters

Poachers killed at least 86 elephants in Chad last week, including 33 pregnant females and 15 calves, conservation groups said on Tuesday, warning that elephants in Central Africa risked being wiped out by such slaughters.

Link: Yahoo! News

Born Free's 'Adopted' Elephant Gives Birth!

Published 03/18/13

Emily Kate, Born Free’s young adopted elephant in Kenya, has just given birth to her very first calf — a male. Emily Kate’s mother was Echo, a remarkable "matriarch" elephant who died of old age in 2009. Fortunately Emily Kate has a large family to help her at this important time, including older sisters who are experienced mothers. Learn more about Emily Kate here (PDF). Find out more about Born Free's role at Kenya's Amboseli National Park here.

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