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7-year-old's shoe is caught in Conibear trap

Published 08/22/08

“When Mark Wells and his family get together at his dad’s home ... the adults like to relax on the patio while the kids go running off to the nearby pond to hunt for frogs. But last Sunday ... Wells was flabbergasted to see his niece carrying a metal muskrat trap with her blue Croc shoe lodged firmly inside. The 7-year-old told the family she had stepped on the trap on the pond’s shore. ‘It took three adults to get the shoe out of the trap,’ Wells said. ‘I don’t know how it didn’t hurt her.’”

This is just the latest in a long list of incidents where people and animals were caught in traps meant for other species. See the list of non-target incidents compiled by Born Free USA united with API.

Muskrat traps posing danger in Sugar Grove
Elisabeth Kilpatrick
The Beacon News (Aurora, IL)

Challenge is to make lions' lives worth living

Published 08/19/08

Breeding and keeping lions in captivity may be fun for zoo visitors, but it’s not real conservation. Real conservation is aimed at addressing the persecution and threats facing lions in the wild. Lion habitat and prey are declining, hundreds of lions are killed each year for sport by western hunters and still others are killed for meat and body parts. In the last three decades alone, the continent-wide population of lions across Africa has declined by an alarming 70 percent. It is up to us to make sure that lions are protected in the wild as our top priority. How sad it would be to someday realize that lions are gone from Kenya, but are alive and caged in South Carolina.

Challenge is to make lions' lives worth living
Adam Robert
Senior Vice President for Born Free USA united with API
Letter to the Editor
The Times and Democrat (Orangeburg, SC)

Obama opposes Bush endangered species proposal

Published 08/15/08

"A Bush administration proposal that would eliminate the input of independent government scientists in some endangered species reviews would be tossed out if Democrat Barack Obama wins the White House, his campaign says. ... [A] proposal by the Interior and Commerce departments ... would change how the 1973 law is implemented, allowing federal agencies to decide for themselves — without seeking the opinions of government wildlife experts — whether dams, highways and other projects have the potential to harm endangered species and habitats."

The protection of endangered species is of great concern to Born Free USA united with API, and we support attitudes that shield them from threats to their survival.

Obama opposes Bush endangered species proposal
Dina Cappiello
Associated Press

Don't trap the "sacred center" of the land

Published 08/11/08

I was concerned to read that the city of Vacaville opted to use body-crushing Conibear traps to address conflicts with beavers. These traps are notoriously indiscriminate and pose a serious hazard to nontarget species, including cats and dogs. In fact, research has shown that for every target animal captured at least two other nontarget animals are caught, maimed, or killed.

Great engineers can co-exist
Monica Engebretson
Senior Program Associate for Born Free USA united with API
Letter to the Editor
The Reporter (Vacaville, CA)

Born Free Gives Obama a Tear

Published 08/07/08

"I think I may have teared up at the end [of Born Free] when they release [the lioness] Elsa. I couldn't have been more than 4 or 5 ..."

Barack Obama: My Pop-Culture Favorites
Benjamin Svetkey
Entertainment Weekly

Another tiger attack

Published 08/06/08

Three tigers attacked a worker at an exotic animal park in southwestern Missouri on Monday — the state's second tiger attack in as many days. Born Free USA united with API has long decried the dangers of keeping exotic animals in captivity.

Missouri sees second tiger attack in as many days
Betsy Taylor
Associated Press

Elephants Pushed to the Limit

Published 07/29/08

Born Free USA provided behind-the-scenes expertise and footage for this incredible piece on ABC News 20/20 which focuses on captive and wild elephants and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Elephants Never Forget
20/20 In Touch
ABC News

Protesters Greet Ringling in Los Angeles

Published 07/17/08

"Hard to tell which will put on the bigger show -- the 138th edition of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, opening at Staples Center tonight, or animal rights groups, including PETA, taking aim at one of their prime targets. Last Chance for Animals is also getting into the act, as is Born Free [USA united with API]..."

The circus -- and the protesters -- come to town tonight
Veronique de Turenne
Los Angeles Times

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