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Our Annual Bird Photo Contest Takes Flight!

Published 01/28/13

Time is running out to enter our second annual Free Bird Photo Contest! E-mail a picture you have taken of a bird in the wild by the end of the day on Thursday, Jan. 31 and you will be eligible for the top prize: a bag of goodies from our online store worth more than $100. You'll also receive prominent mention on our website. Find contest rules here. Click here or on the image at right — a photograph of a great gray owl entered last year by Sherrie Duris of Oregon, OH — to see results from our inaugural contest.

You Can Help the African Lion!

Published 01/11/13

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declared that our joint petition to list the African lion as "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act may be warranted. From now until 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, Jan. 28, the FWS is seeking scientific, commercial and other data in support of classifying the lion as endangered. Please consider adding your voice to this most worthy cause! Also, if you have not done so already, check out Born Free USA's lions page and read about our recent year-long, undercover investigation into the lion meat trade.

Happy National Bird Day!

Published 01/04/13

Today (Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013) is National Bird Day! Please join us in our annual celebration by taking a few moments to check out this year's happenings, including National Bird Day e-cards, the second annual Free Bird Photo Contest, special community events, and new tips on bird care. The best way to honor National Bird Day is to see them in action! Take a walk if it's nice outside or check out the wintry scene through a window and you'll be sure to witness birds of various sizes and colors. Perhaps you will agree with us that they are worthy of celebrating every day of the year.

Happy New Year!

Published 01/01/13

At Born Free USA, we enter the new year as determined as ever to promote and make happen our core mission: to end the suffering of wild animals in captivity, rescue individual animals in need, protect wildlife — including highly endangered species — in their natural habitats, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. Thank you for your support and for all you do to help animals. Have a happy, compassion-filled new year!

Help Us Make 2013 a 'Lucky 13' for Animals!

Published 12/28/12

Because of compassionate people such as you, one hundred eight monkeys we rescued this summer have settled into the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. Lions are one step closer to gaining protection in the United States under the Endangered Species Act. Five cheetah cubs we rescued in Ethiopia suddenly have a bright future. We have accomplished all that, and so much more, in 2012. As we look ahead to 2013, much vital work remains to be done. Will you please consider giving $13 (tax-deductible) today to make next year a "Lucky 13" for animals? Thank you for your support, and have a very happy new year.

The Sad Case of the ‘Ikea Monkey’

A Statement from Born Free USA

Published 12/26/12

Born Free USA has been following the case of the so-called “Ikea Monkey” named Darwin. This baby Japanese macaque, dressed in a faux-shearling, fitted coat, was found alone in the vastness of an Ikea store parking lot, in Toronto, during the Christmas shopping rush. Folks took photos that subsequently went viral on the Internet, and were featured in news stories around the world. Toronto, like many Canadian cities, has a law against keeping certain species of exotic animals as pets. Darwin’s owner was fined, and she signed little Darwin over to the city, from where he was moved to a primate sanctuary, north of the city.

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In 2012, We've Accomplished a Lot Together

Published 12/20/12

The year began with our 10th anniversary version of National Bird Day, the most vibrant yet, and is concluding with a flurry of activity that has seen our bid to have the African lion listed as "endangered" under the U.S. Endangered Species Act gaining steam. Find out more about those triumphs, and many of our other biggest accomplishments in 2012, on our 2012 successes webpage! And if you'd like to help us begin 2013 with a full head of steam — and give yourself a bit of a tax break, to boot — please consider making a donation today.

Born Free USA Goes on TV to Fight for Lions

Published 12/06/12

In late November our bid to have the African lion listed as "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act cleared a hurdle. From now through Jan. 28, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is soliciting comments (click here to add your two cents) on why the lion should receive this layer a protection — a much-needed development that would mean the United States no longer would be a "consumer" of lions (import them for trophy-room display, restaurant use, etc.) On Dec. 6, 2012, our executive vice president, Adam Roberts, spoke on Canadian TV about this issue. Watch this CTV News segment now!

Bid to List African Lion as Endangered Clears Hurdle (UPDATED)

Published 11/26/12

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declared that our joint petition to list the African lion as "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act may be warranted. From now through late January is a 60-day comment period during which the FWS will seek scientific, commercial and other data in support of classifying the lion as endangered. Please consider adding your voice to this most worthy cause! Also, if you have not done so already, check out Born Free USA's lions page and read about our recent year-long, undercover investigation into the lion meat trade.

Our Newest Corporate Partner's a Classic!

Published 11/19/12

Classic Hardware, a vintage-inspired, cutting-edge jewelry and accessories company, is donating a portion of retail sales of its Endangered Creatures Collection to Born Free USA. Classic Hardware is best known for its image-based jewelry and eye-catching vanity cases, and for this collection it collaborated with artists to emphasize the animal conservation message. Classic Hardware's designs have been worn by top celebrities (including Emily Blunt, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Chris Isaak) and featured in popular TV shows. Items range in price from $20 to $61.

Stars Come Out to Help Tigers, Born Free

Published 11/13/12

Born Free USA and Peace 4 Animals joined Saturday night (Nov. 10) in Hollywood to raise more than $10,000 for tiger conservation in India through the Satpuda Tiger Landscape Programme, one of our global field projects. About 150 people attended the event, hosted by Alison Eastwood. Check out pictures of Eastwood (shown here, on the right, with Katie Cleary) and other celebrities who were there, and also enjoy video interviews of some of the attendees. And if you would like to help tiger conservation efforts through the Satpuda project, please consider making a donation.

Nearly 50 Years Later, 'Born Free' Re-Recorded

Published 11/05/12

The Oscar-winning song "Born Free" has been re-recorded by legendary Queen guitarist Brian May and West End and Broadway singer Kerry Ellis. (Watch a video of the song now!) Their interpretation of the classic song is being sold in aid the Born Free Foundation and also supports Born Free USA's submission of a formal petition to the U.S. Department of the Interior to list the African lion as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. Find out more about that ongoing effort on our lions page.

He's an Adoptable One, Our Grinch!

Published 11/01/12

Our Grinch never stole Christmas! And you can help him have a merrier one by "adopting" (for $52 a year, the equivalent of $1 a week!) the male bonnet macaque. He's one of five monkeys up for adoption at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Texas. By participating in the adoption program, you will receive a photograph of your monkey along with some other goodies.

Grinch came to us from a university laboratory in the summer of 2006 after being "retired." Born in 1997, Grinch is in the prime of his life. Read more about him today!

Owls and Friends Is Born Free's Buddy!

Published 10/09/12

Searching for the perfect holiday gift for a fellow bird lover? Or how about something for the cat or dog lover in your life? For that matter, how about something for you? Owls and Friends offers our supporters a wonderful selection of animal-themed products, from jewelry and apparel to whimsical household items, publications and more. And here's some really exciting news: For the entire month of October, Owls and Friends is donating 20 percent of all company sales to Born Free USA. As always, there's free shipping on orders above $25. Check out Owls and Friends' website today, and make sure you place your order before Nov. 1.

One Year Since Zanesville

Published 10/08/12

It is hard to believe that it has been one year since the tragedy near Zanesville, Ohio when Terry Thompson released more than fifty animals from his private zoo and then took his own life. Lions, bears, primates roamed the streets aimlessly, literally lost, before being shot by authorities, ill-equipped to handle such an insane situation. Since then, Ohio has strengthened its legislation but other states lag woefully behind. Still other exotic animal exhibitors perform with tigers or let patrons swim with them. Born Free USA is working tirelessly to ensure that we Keep Wildlife in the Wild!

Sanctuary's Profiled on Syndicated TV Show!

Published 10/05/12

Who says there's nothing good on television? Not us — especially now that we've heard the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary will be featured on the nationally syndicated program "Wild About Animals," hosted by Mariette Hartley. Because the show airs across the country at various times in each market, you'll have to check the listings to see when it airs in your area. (It's scheduled to air Saturday morning — Oct. 5 — on local TV stations in San Antonio and New York City, for example. Repeats of the episode are likely in the coming months.) "Wild About Animals," according to its press release, "travels the globe to bring viewers fascinating stories about wildlife and is known to offer the best in family-friendly, entertaining and educational programming. While the target audience is teenagers, the show provides quality viewing for all family members."

Texas Rangers, Legendary Pitcher Boost Born Free

Published 10/04/12

About four years ago, baseball pitching legend and Texas Rangers co-owner Nolan Ryan spoke with reporters about having once been an "ambassador" for the snow monkeys who were living in what is now the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. While everything at the sanctuary has changed for the better since Ryan's visit, his dry recitation of what happened back in the 1990s became a viral hit online, attracting so much attention that the Rangers' July 1 home game this season was declared "Nolan Ryan Snow Monkey Day" at the ballpark. Last week, as the regular season wound down, Born Free USA's executive vice president, Adam Roberts, flew out to the Rangers' ballpark to accept a $5,000 donation from Ryan himself — a most-welcome gift to our Primate Sanctuary, which has just completed its largest rescue ever. Thank you, Texas Rangers, and go get 'em in the playoffs!

All 108 WAO Primates Are Now Home!

Published 09/27/12

We are thrilled to report that all 107 macaques and one baboon rescued from the Wild Animal Orphanage have arrived safely at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary! This rescue, by far our largest ever, has been in the works for a long time. Following many months of negotiations and planning, early this year we began building enclosures and recreation structures for what we call The WAO Group. We began accepting the monkeys, transported in stages by air-conditioned truck from nearby San Antonio, in late July. The last delivery was yesterday.

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Urgent Action Needed to Help Polar Bears

Published 09/20/12

We've received word that the Senate could vote on the reprehensible "Sportsmen's Act of 2012" (S. 3525) this week. The bill absurdly grants trophy hunters the right to import the mounted heads and other pieces of polar bears they shot dead in the Arctic North. In April, we urged you to voice opposition to similar legislation in the House of Representatives. Today we implore you to do the same with S. 3525. We must do all we can to defeat this bill, which sets a dangerous precedent regarding the trophy hunting of imperiled species. Please write to your two U.S. senators today.

Trapping Bill Nears Success in California

Published 09/11/12

California's Senate Bill 1480, the Consumer and Wildlife Protection Act and a bill we helped initiate, has passed all hurdles in the state Senate and Assembly and now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature. If you live in California, please help make this bill become law by writing to Brown, who has until Sept. 30 to take action. For those of you interested in learning out more about this important animal protection issue, check out a three-minute video we prepared in support of SB 1480. (Please note the video contains images of trapped animals, so it might not be suitable viewing for everyone.)

Texas Team Triumphs in fffashion

Published 08/30/12
Source: http://bfusa.convio.net/site/MessageViewer?em_id=10741.0&dlv_id=13101

This spring, for the fourth year in a row, dozens of compassionate clothes designers from throughout the globe entered our Fur Free Fashion Competition, otherwise known as fffashion. This summer, our panel of celebrity judges (including Melissa Rivers, Kelly and Sharon Osbourne, and Victoria Principal) pored over the Top 10 and concluded that the winners are Fifile Nguyen and Michelle French of Austin, TX. They created "The Miller Dress," a black-and-white swing dress with elaborate sleeve pleating, a deep neckline and no closures. The victory comes with a $750 cash prize.

Our CEO Goes Toe to Toe With a Zoo Apologist

Published 08/23/12

Born Free USA's chief executive officer, Will Travers, went on CNN International to debate with a zoo representative about the appropriateness of having wild animals held in captivity. Some people, including Will's debate opponent, Andrew Marshall of York University, claim zoos are educational and promote conservation of species. Will spoke for the rest of us in maintaining that most zoos represent a crass exploitation of animals, and abuse of them, for entertainment and profit. Watch the debate and see what you think. Be sure to keep with it until the end, when Marshall makes a statement that prompted Will, who was not allowed time to respond on the air, to write a blog.

Nearly 50 Rescued Monkeys and Counting!

Published 08/14/12

Another week brought another delivery of monkeys to the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary from the bankrupt Wild Animal Orphanage in nearby San Antonio. Two deliveries, in fact, of 29 hybrid macaques. Watch an immensely entertaining three-minute video of their homecoming with fun-filled footage of their settling in! Now nearly 50 of the more than 100 WAO macaques (and one baboon) for whom we proudly are assuming lifetime care have arrived safely at our sanctuary. Stay up-to-the-minute on our Facebook page, see more photographs of this and our other rescues, and find out more about The WAO Group in our rescues section.

Nine More Rescued Macaques Arrive Safely!

Published 08/01/12

Our biggest rescue, which began on July 25, resumed on Aug. 1 with the smooth delivery of nine more stump-tailed macaques. This summer, our Primate Sanctuary in south Texas is welcoming more than 100 monkeys (and one baboon) from the bankrupt Wild Animal Orphanage in nearby San Antonio. Watch a 10-minute video that shows what happened on that first day: The 10 stump-tailed macaques being placed carefully on the air-conditioned delivery truck, then their arrival at our sanctuary, which was highlighted by the new residents having their first meal of bananas and other goodies. In the coming days, please stay tuned to our sanctuary website and Facebook page for more updates!

Our Biggest Rescue Begins!

Published 07/25/12

Some exciting news from our Primate Sanctuary in south Texas! The first move of 10 stump-tailed macaques (out of the 107 we will welcome to our sanctuary in the coming weeks from the bankrupt Wild Animal Orphanage) went like clockwork and everyone came through in great shape. The WAO team did an excellent job and we're looking forward to releasing the monkeys out into a larger enclosure within the next several days. Here's a picture of one of the males checking out his new surroundings. Check our sanctuary's Facebook page and photo and video galleries in the coming days as we bring you more updates. Meanwhile, please consider supporting this and our other rescues.

Help Certify that Born Free USA Is CLASSY!

Published 07/19/12

The fourth annual CLASSY Awards, which honor philanthropic organizations, pits Born Free USA against four other finalists in the Animal Advocacy and Services category. Please help us triumph over our competitors for the top honor, which will be announced Sept. 22 in San Diego. Cast your vote for us (you'll need to scroll down a bit to reach our category, and you need not vote in any other category) by the end of the day Wednesday, July 25 — and be sure to ask your friends and family to do the same!

Introducing Born Free USA T-Shirts!

Published 07/05/12

Help animals and spread the good word about Born Free USA with our 100 percent organic cotton T-shirts! Your purchase goes toward our multifaceted work on behalf of animals, in the wild and otherwise. And by wearing this shirt in public, you are bound to engage others in conversation about Born Free USA and soon they, too, will adopt our mantra: "Keep Wildlife in the Wild®." Choose from among three sizes for women and four for men. Each shirt costs $19.95, including shipping and handling.

Happy July Fourth!

Published 07/03/12

As Americans mark their independence this week, animals worldwide continue to face profound and relentless challenges to their well-being. Please take a moment amid your celebrations to consider what our civilization is doing as a collective force to help animals, and perhaps come up with a few things you can do as an individual to improve their lot. The staff members at Born Free USA wish you a safe and compassionate holiday.

Born Free USA Makes the Big Leagues

Published 07/01/12

When the Texas Rangers hosted the Oakland Athletics on Sunday evening in Arlington, TX, we were there — making a Jumbotron-size video pitch for support in the Lone Star State! About four years ago, Rangers pitching legend and co-owner Nolan Ryan talked onstage about having once been an "ambassador" for the snow monkeys who were living in what is now the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. His dry recitation of what happened had the audience (or at least the two radio personalities who were interviewing Ryan) howling with laughter, and audio of the exchange attracted so much attention that Sunday's game was declared to be "Nolan Ryan Snow Monkey Day" at the ballpark.

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Monkeying Around at the Ballpark

Published 06/26/12

When the Texas Rangers host the Oakland Athletics on Sunday evening in Arlington, TX, we will be there — making a Jumbotron-size video pitch for support in the Lone Star State! About four years ago, Rangers pitching legend and co-owner Nolan Ryan talked onstage about having once been an "ambassador" for the snow monkeys who were living in what is now the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. His dry recitation of what happened had the audience (or at least the two radio personalities who were interviewing Ryan) howling with laughter, and audio of the exchange has attracted so much attention that Sunday's game has been declared "Nolan Ryan Snow Monkey Day" at the ballpark.

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Snap to It, Wildlife Photographers!
(We're Talking to You, Nonprofessionals!)

Published 06/22/12

It's time for our second annual Keep Wildlife in the Wild Photo Contest! Submit a candid picture you take of any animal who lives in the wild and you could win our top prize, a Born Free USA merchandise gift basket. There's one key stipulation, however: You must take the picture sometime in June 2012! Give it your best "shot" and send us your best photograph — or two photographs, maximum. And keep in mind that all entries must be received by the end of the day on Monday, July 9, 2012. (See last year's winners here.)

Keep Wildlife in the Wild Month!

Published 05/31/12

There's so much to do on behalf of animals that we have expanded our Keep Wildlife in the Wild Week to Keep Wildlife in the Wild Month! Throughout June, we will be discussing our five major campaigns — Wildlife Trade, Trapping and Fur, Animals in Entertainment, Exotic "Pets" and our Primate Sanctuary — through a series of Action Alerts and videos. Watch our chief executive officer, Will Travers, as he introduces Keep Wildlife in the Wild Month, which will include a children's essay contest, our second annual Keep Wildlife in the Wild Photo Contest, and our annual summertime online auction that includes more than 50 unique items.

What's Your Favorite Pet Supply Store?

Published 05/29/12

Last summer's Compassionate Pet Supply Store of the Year contest was a great success, with more than 150 nominations. So we're doing it again! Nominate your favorite pet supply store before July 1. Use our online form to tell us what makes it so special. You know — the owner who knows you and your animal companion by name, or the salespeople who are so knowledgeable that they can take you straight to the right product, no matter how obscure. The contest's only criteria are that the store cannot sell live animals of any kind, including birds, reptiles or fish, and must be a brick-and-mortar store (not just an online shopping site).

An Artful Way to Boost Born Free USA

Published 05/23/12

Are you going to be in or near Los Angeles on Saturday, May 26? ThinkSpace Art Gallery in Culver City (map) invites you to the opening reception (5 to 8 p.m.) for "Wild at Heart: Keep Wildlife in the Wild," featuring works by more than 100 artists. The exhibition, which runs through June 9, will raise awareness about the precarious predicament of wild creatures around the world and aid efforts to protect them in their natural habitat. A whopping 20 percent of all artwork sales benefit Born Free USA, and we'll receive all proceeds from a silent auction of donated rare prints from Mark Ryden, Marion Peck and Audrey Kawasaki. After May 26, unsold works can be purchased online.

Sponsor an Animal!

Published 05/01/12

Born Free USA has launched an animal sponsorship program! Representing our core campaigns, the following animals can now be sponsored for you or a loved one: Parrot ($15 per year), representing National Bird Day; Fox ($25 per year), representing our trapping and fur free campaigns; Bear ($35 per year), representing our work against the gallbladder and bile trade; Tiger ($45 per year), representing our exotic "pets" campaign; Elephant ($75 per year), representing our animals in entertainment campaign; and Lion ($100 per year), representing our wildlife trade campaign. An animal gift sponsorship makes a great gift for a loved one — and for wildlife, too, because it helps with all our animal protection work!

We Take Aim at California's Anti-'Hounding' Bill

Published 04/24/12

Born Free USA was out in force on Tuesday, April 24, in support of California's anti-"hounding" measure, Senate Bill 1221 — legislation that would outlaw the insane practice of having dogs scare bears and bobcats up trees so that the terrified wildlife can be shot at point-blank range by humans. Hundreds of hunters showed up in opposition at the bill's hearing, in California's state Capitol, but so did scores of supporters, many of whom were there at the urging of Born Free USA. Stay tuned to learn how the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water voted and what happens next with SB 1221.

The Eye of Compassion Is Upon You

Published 04/11/12

The neighborhood just got a bit more wild. Local painter and mural artist Alex “Cabron” Forster has completed a mural entitled “El Tigre” on a 17-foot-by-85-foot exterior wall at the office of Born Free USA on the corner of S and 12th streets in downtown Sacramento. The original, dramatic image of a tiger’s face looking between the bars of a cage was created by Cabron exclusively for Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Watch the artist and Born Free's creative director, Sharie Lesniak, interviewed on local Channel 31's "Good Day Sacramento" about the mural.

Wear Your Big Heart on Your Shirt!

Published 03/26/12

How would you like to speak out for animals killed for their fur without ever saying a word — and look and feel good doing so? Thanks to fffashion designer Yan Fong, you can by buying a shirt or bag adorned with one of her creative, non-graphic inkblot designs accompanied by the message, "Please don't wear any fur." Choose from among bear, bunny, raccoon and seal images in our CafePress store. You'll feel good because for every item purchased, Born Free USA receives $5. And you'll look good because this unique design was donated by a rising star in the fashion industry who cares passionately about wildlife.

'Menagerie' Sees Zoos from Animals' Perspective

Published 03/09/12

We are honored to have received permission to share with you "Menagerie," a powerful, non-graphic art film by Jonathan Hodgson. The nine-minute film's stark and haunting images take you on a journey through an all-too-common zoo. A place where wild animals are held captive in small cages so they can be on display for our entertainment. Get a glimpse into what it must be like for these magnificent animals day after day, after day, after day. All with the simple tool of a pencil and an artist's touch. Watch it now, and be sure to share the link with your friends and family.

Going Once, Going Twice — Our Auction Helps Animals!

Published 03/05/12

Born Free USA's online auction is under way! Bidding is open on more than 50 fantastic items. Check them out! We have gourmet treats for you or a doggie gift basket for your four-legged friend, a selection of animal-themed pottery and artwork, luxury cruelty-free cosmetics, and much more. A number of our items are one-of-a-kind, hand-made, artisan goods. You will find several very affordable items — hand-dyed women's and children's T-shirts, "Rio" and "Planet of the Apes" DVDs, handbags and jewelry — all with starting bids under $10. And best of all, every dollar raised helps Born Free USA in its multifaceted efforts to protect wildlife.

Elephants Need Your Help!

Published 02/28/12

Elephants have long been targeted for their ivory, but in the past half-century their numbers have been in especially steep decline. It's quickly reaching the point where the long-term survival of this magnificent species is in peril — especially in the wild. Recent events in Cameroon, where some 500 elephants have been poached in a national park so far this year, indicate there is much work to be done despite gains engineered by animal protection groups and a growing awareness of elephants' plight. The illegal trade in ivory must stop, and you can help. Visit our Elephants webpage for six actions you can take today.

Texan Wins Inaugural Free Bird Photo Contest!

Published 02/17/12

To celebrate National Bird Day and in collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and the DVD/Blu-ray release of its comedy about birding, "The Big Year," last month we hatched a Free Bird Photo Contest! The four-week competition was open to all and attracted some 200 entries. The winning photo of a Carolina Wren was taken by Kanokwalee Pusitanun of Cedar Park, TX. Kanokwalee will receive a pair of powerful binoculars, a bird feeder or house from the Born Free USA online store and a copy of "The Big Year." Check out the Top 20 photos from this inaugural competition — and stay tuned for details about the second annual Keep Wildlife in the Wild Photo Contest we have planned for late spring!

Our Sanctuary Welcomes a Rescued Macaque! (Video)

Published 01/26/12

The Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary has welcomed a macaque! He had been found living in horrendous conditions (see how bad by watching this
53-second video, and then compare it with this 13-second video of our Primate Sanctuary!) at a roadside zoo in Mississippi after an undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States revealed serious animal welfare issues there. The macaque, as yet unnamed, was taken from the zoo on Jan. 25 and on the next day arrived at our 186-acre sanctuary in south Texas. According to Sanctuary Director Tim Ajax:

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Put the Fur Industry Out of Its (and the Animals') Misery

Published 01/20/12

You would never force an animal to live in a cramped, barren cage suspended over her own waste. But hundreds of thousands of animals on “fur farms” are forced to endure such unconscionable misery while awaiting their grim fate. While many European countries have banned or severely restricted fur farming, the United States has largely turned a blind eye to this barbaric industry. You can help by signing our petition that asks upscale Barneys New York to stop selling fur and, if you live in one of the "dirty dozen" fur farm states, by contacting your elected officials. Born Free USA’s groundbreaking report “Cruelty Uncaged: A Review of Fur Farming in North America” revealed that, in addition to the inherently cruel conditions mink, fox and even bobcats suffer, the farms also place native wildlife at risk and are sources of environmental pollution.

National Bird Day Celebrates 10 Years!

Published 12/27/11

One decade after we hatched National Bird Day, our feathered friends are as worthy of celebration as ever before — and as deserving of their right to live freely and fully in the wild. As the 10th annual National Bird Day on Jan. 5 approaches, Born Free USA invites you to participate in a number of all-avian activities! All-new for 2012 are our inaugural NBD photo contest, our colorful posters (which can be downloaded for free or ordered from our online store for a $1 shipping and handling charge), our "10 Things You Can Do to Reduce Bird Window Collisions" and "More Ways You Can Help Protect Birds Around Your Home." Keep abreast of events set for NBD 2012, and please let us know if you have anything special planned.

Happy Holidays!

Published 12/23/11

All of us here at Born Free USA — our chief executive in England, our East Coast and Sacramento staff members, our representative in Canada and the people who make sure things run smoothly at our Primate Sanctuary in south Texas — wish you the best of holidays and a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. Thank you for your support and for sharing our desire to make this a better world for animals. We've accomplished a lot in 2011, and together we can do so much more in 2012. We can, we must, and we will!

Tigers for Sale? Yes — It's Legal and It's Easy

Published 12/22/11

Believe it or not, an "Inside Edition" investigation found it is easier in some states to purchase a tiger than it is to adopt a dog from a shelter. Producer Charlie Mclravy found it was as easy as responding to a listing in a catalog called the "Animal Finder's Guide." The ad said: "Tiger Cub, five month old female, well socialized." The seller, Cy Vierstra, sent Mclravy pictures of a rare white Bengal tiger. The price: $2,700.

Born Free USA works vigorously to prevent such exploitation of wildlife. Please consider helping us today.

Link: InsideEdition.com

Together, We've Accomplished a Lot in 2011

Published 12/13/11

For many months we have been developing strategies for 2012 — what campaigns we will emphasize, investigations we will undertake, legislation we will promote, fundraising opportunities we will explore, etc. However, before the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31, it's tempting to reflect on all that we have done in 2011. And by "we" I mean Born Free USA staff members, volunteers and, most importantly, supporters such as yourself. By signing our Action Alert letters, spreading the word about the work we do to Keep Wildlife in the Wild®, boosting us through donations, and treating all animals with compassion and respect, you are the heart and soul of Born Free USA and we cannot thank you enough.

Tiger Cubs in a Mall? What a Disgrace!

Published 11/30/11

Lisa Guerrero of "Inside Edition" ventured into a shopping mall in Cincinnati, OH, to investigate a display there of live tigers. For $55, patrons are allowed to play with tiger cubs and pose with them for pictures. As Guerrero points out to exhibit workers, some of the animals look ill; one cub has a patch of fur missing. It's a heartbreaking scene. Born Free USA's executive vice president, Adam Roberts, is interviewed during the segment and firmly states the obvious: There's no excuse for such cruel exploitation of a species who should instead be left alone in the wild. Watch the report!

Our Biggest Rescue Ever!

Published 11/21/11

We are thrilled to announce that the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley, Texas, soon will have 113 new residents! A bankruptcy court's ruling on Nov. 21 represents the last legal hurdle in our agreement to care for 112 macaques and one baboon from the Wild Animal Orphanage, which declared bankruptcy last year. But there is one more major hurdle for us to overcome, namely our ability to provide shelter, food and caregivers for these rescued monkeys. Please consider helping us out by making a generous donation today to our Primate Sanctuary Rescue & Rehabilitation Fund.

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