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Published 08/25/09

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Two elephants surrendered to zoo

Published 08/24/09

A Texas man whose family has circus ties had to give up two Asian elephants, 40-year-old Jewel and 39-year-old Tina. Both were dangerously underweight. Davenport agreed to pay a $3,000 fine, in exchange for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dropping complaints against him for not having proper purchasing permits for the pair. The two elephants were being transported to an undisclosed zoo.

Born Free USA believes elephants have no place in zoos and that they would be better off released to an elephant sanctuary.

2 elephants seized from owner in Texas
Associated Press
Dallas Morning News


Opposition to Dolphin Import Noted

Published 08/13/09

Despite a complaint by animal rights groups, MGM Mirage has been given a permit to import two Atlantic bottlenose dolphins for public display and breeding purposes. The new dolphins, a male and a female, will be housed in Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden on the Strip. The permit was granted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service on August 4th. It was opposed by the organizations Born Free USA and The World Society for the Protection of Animals, which cited the previous deaths of two other dolphins at the habitat.

New Dolphins Approved For MGM Mirage
KXNT Newsradio 840


Mirage Casino to get 2 new dolphins

Published 08/12/09

A federal agency has granted MGM Mirage a permit to import two Atlantic bottlenose dolphins for public display in Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden on the Las Vegas Strip. Born Free USA and The World Society for the Protection of Animals filed a complaint against the Mirage's petition to import during a 30-day public comment period.

Feds permit MGM Mirage to import 2 dolphins
Mary Manning
Las Vegas Sun


Protecting U.S. Bears

Published 08/12/09

Adam Roberts, Born Free USA's Senior Vice President, is quoted in this story on the reintroduced Bear Protection Act.

U.S. Bear Gallbladders Sold on Black Market
Brian Handwerk
National Geographic News

This story was reprinted:
U.S. Bear Gallbladders Sold on Black Market
Brian Handwerk
Wild Singapore

Thirty bears in unimaginably awful conditions

Published 08/11/09

Bob Barker speaks out for bears in Cherokee, North Carolina, in this blog from Larry King Live. Some of these same facilities were part of our 2005 investigation showing bears kept in horrible conditions — North Carolina still has not taken steps to protect the welfare of these animals.

Cherokee’s Unbearable Bear Pits
Bob Barker
Larry King Live blog


Weighing in on the Federal Bear Poaching Bill

Published 08/11/09

... In a National Geographic article, Adam Roberts, vice president of the animal-advocacy nonprofit Born Free USA, notes that 34 states ban trade in bear gallbladders and bile - but there are five states that do not. ...

Proposed Bill Hopes to Protect North American Black Bears from Poaching for Asian Markets - Before It’s Too Late
Rhishja Larson
EcoWorldly


Speaking out against animal abuse in circuses

Published 08/10/09

... The verdict in a groundbreaking civil trial against Ringling Bros. is due any day. Evidence obtained by the plaintiffs, Born Free USA and the Animal Protection Institute, shows that Ringling elephants are kept virtually immobilized in chains for most of their lives. ...

Poole: Show circus animals compassion
Lyndon Poole
Austin American-Statesman

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