Paramedics rushed to an animal trainer who had been bitten on the neck by a 700-pound, 7-1/2-foot-tall grizzly bear. Stephan Miller, 39, died at the scene. Miller was killed by the 5-year-old bear during the making of a promotional video for Randy Miller's Predators in Action center. The bear's fate has not been decided. "It's still a wild animal," said a woman who works with wild animals. "Even though it may appear that the bear attacked for no reason, there was a reason. ... They're not cold-blooded killers." Born Free USA united with API has long warned of the dangers of using wild animals in entertainment and has documented dozens of deaths and attacks by wild animals at facilities using wild animals for amusement.
Grizzly bear attacks, kills his trainer
"Parks Canada has stated that cormorants are native to Middle Island and that they're a Carolinian species. They just don't want to have a vibrant native colonial nesting colony there and have spun a web of nonsense in an attempt to justify killing the birds. It is disappointing that two researchers would join Parks Canada in misrepresenting the facts," writes Barry Kent MacKay, Canadian Senior Program Associate for Born Free USA united with API and a birder of no small reputation. Barry authored the recent Action Alert on protecting Double-crested Cormorants on Middle Island in Point Pelee National Park.
Facts misrepresented by researchers
Barry Kent MacKay
Letter to the Editor
The Windsor Star
A coalition of conservation and animal protection groups (including the then–Animal Protection Institute, now Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute) on Monday sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to force it to extend federal protection to Canada lynx in New Mexico. The federal government lists the elusive, furry cats as threatened in 14 states — but not in New Mexico. Last August, the coaliion petitioned for protection for the cats, asking the agency to make a decision on the species' status in New Mexico. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., complains that Fish and Wildlife failed to make a finding on the petition within 90 days as required by the Endangered Species Act. The law gives the agency 90 days to determine whether the petition provides sufficient information for the agency to then determine whether a listing may be warranted.
Conservationists sue for lynx protection in New Mexico
Sue Major Holmes
Essayist Joel Schwartzberg takes his three children to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus performance and discovers — surprise! — protesters outside the venue and an "underwhelming" show inside. His own research leads him to Ringling's past AWA violations and the conclusion that "I'll probably steer myself and my family toward non-animal circuses in the future." Born Free USA united with API has long decried the abuses of circuses that use animals.
The Sadist Show on Earth?
How much is that doggy in the window? And does he come with a money-back guarantee? Yes, he does, according to California's so-called puppy lemon law, which allows a buyer to return a dog for the purchase price — just like for a pair of shoes at Nordstrom — if the animal gets sick because of an undisclosed illness or condition. If that sounds heartless, the law also allows the consumer to keep the sick puppy and still be compensated for some medical costs. "People are much more aware of the problems with puppy mills," said Barbara Schmitz, an attorney with the group Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute. "That's what got the law passed."
Puppy 'lemon law' gives buyers a choice
Los Angeles Times
"I read with great interest — and greater horror — that one component of TNT's new plan to expand the network's slate of original programming is an unscripted series set aboard the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus train that transports the performers and animals from show to show. That sound you're hearing may be the bottom of the barrel scraping — or it could be the moaning of an elephant being abused." "Talking Animals" radio show host Duncan Strauss sounds off on Ringling's latest publicity campaign, echoing Born Free USA united with API's own concerns.
TNT's Ringling Reality Series: Sickest Show On Earth?
The Huffington Post
A circus-elephant keeper was ordered to leave after the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services learned that, using different names and business aliases in Arizona and Texas, the man had a history of numerous Animal Welfare Act violations. New city rules for exotic animals prohibit an exotic-animal permit for any applicant who has violated the AWA within five years. Finding abuse of elephants in circuses to be rampant, Born Free USA united with API is working hard to stop their use. Elephants belong in the wild.
Circus-elephant keeper ordered out of L.A.
Los Angeles Daily News
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is facing serious challenges, to be sure: possible loss of industry accreditation and millions of dollars of needed repairs. Perhaps this is the perfect time for everyone involved to consider the very future of the zoo. I understand the allure of seeing magnificent wild animals up close, especially threatened or endangered species. But I also understand the costs — both financial and ethical.
Time for a decision on future of our zoo
Letter to the Editor
Senior Vice President, Born Free USA
The Baltimore Sun