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Sacramento group among plaintiffs in groundbreaking case

Published 02/03/09

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and its parent company, Feld Entertainment, Inc., will finally stand trial to face charges that the circus mistreats its Asian elephants in violation of the federal Endangered Species Act. The case is more than eight years in the making.

On Wednesday (Feb. 4), the plaintiffs, including Sacramento-based non-profit Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Animal Welfare Institute, the Fund for Animals, and former Ringling Bros. employee Tom Rider are scheduled to present their case in federal district court in Washington, D.C. Katherine Meyer of the public interest law firm Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal will serve as lead counsel for the plaintiffs.

Ringling Brothers Circus on trial for elephant abuse
Gary Bogue
"Pets and Wildlife"
Bay Area News Group

Lawsuit Challenges Iconic Image of Circus Elephants

Published 02/02/09

One of the most iconic images of American life, that of circus elephants joined trunk-to-tail as they lumber along to delight “children of all ages,” as the old saying goes, is about to be debated in a courtroom. Are the beasts docile because they are highly intelligent and respond well to training, reinforced with the promise of apples, carrots, water and kindness at day’s end? Or do they obey because their spirits have been broken and they fear getting hit by their trainers? These are among the questions that will be asked when a lawsuit by a coalition of animal rights’ groups [including Born Free USA united with API] against the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus and its parent company opens in federal court on Wednesday.

Suit Challenges Image of Circus Elephants as Willing Performers
David Stout
The New York Times

Ringling Trial Set to Begin

Published 01/28/09

"An animal abuse trial against Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, is set to begin next week in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C."

For more on Born Free USA united with API's involvement in this landmark case, which will be heard beginning February 3 before U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, click here.

Trial set on treatment of circus elephants
Natalie Neysa Alund
Bradenton Herald

Keeping wildlife in the wild and off dinner plates

Published 01/09/09

NY Assemblyman Greg Ball (R-Patterson) promised to introduce legislation in Albany to "combat bush meat" — entrees named for their origins, which is mostly the African forest, or bush. The legislation would aim to keep elephants, chimpanzees, gorillas, forest antelope and other African and Asian creatures off American plates, helping curtail what some say is a major threat to wildlife and ecosystems around the world. Bush meat also poses a health risk, said Adam Roberts of Born Free USA, an animal advocacy group. Bush-meat consumption has been linked to the transmission of HIV, Ebola and foot-and-mouth disease. Roberts is helping Ball formulate his legislation.

Assemblyman Ball aims to halt bush-meat sales
Michael Risinit
The Journal News

Suing over Pet Food Additives

Published 06/10/08

... Zibby Wilder, spokeswoman for Seattle-based Born Free USA, which published a report on pet food ingredients, said no one really knows what goes into a pet food using "meat byproducts" because the rendering plants are so secretive. ...

Animal Owners Seek Class Action Status in Suit Over Pet Food Additives

John Pacenti
Daily Business Review

Adam Roberts Appears on 'Good Morning America'

Published 12/28/07

Born Free USA's executive vice president, Adam Roberts, is interviewed on ABC's "Good Morning America" following the December 2007 Siberian tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo. He is pitted against Janna Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus (OH) Zoo. Click here or on the image to watch the segment.

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