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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

CEO Will Travers Blogs from Geneva

Published 07/16/08

Our CEO Will Travers is in Geneva attending the 57th Standing Committee to CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) as a representative for the animals. Be sure to check his blogs as he gives us the latest developments on changing the rules of the ivory trade:

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TV report on Ringling lawsuit

Published 07/09/08

In-depth investigative piece focuses on the Animal Protection Institute’s coalition lawsuit against Ringling Bros. for substandard care of endangered Asian elephants.

Ringling Brothers Responds to a Pending Lawsuit
KLAS-TV Las Vegas

Monkeys are not surrogate children

Published 07/01/08

The July 1, 2008, episode of ABC News Primetime focuses on people who have purchased monkeys as surrogate children. Born Free USA united with API has more than 500 primates at its sanctuary, many formerly kept as pets, and our staff worked closely with Primetime producers to develop this story, including allowing them the use of footage from our investigation into exotic animals kept as “pets.”

Families Adopt Monkeys as Surrogate Children
ABC News Primetime

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