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Owner Closes Wildlife "Sanctuary"

Published 03/31/08

After years of receiving citations and fines from state and federal wildlife officials, the owner of the Horseshoe Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, for big cats, bears, and other exotic animals has decided to close it. He expected the USDA to revoke his exhibitor's license in the next several days but chose to close the sanctuary's gates early. Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute aims to reduce the suffering of captive exotic animals. See our online report, "A Life Sentence."

Polk Wildlife Sanctuary Closes
Ray Reyes
The Tampa Tribune

Three Ringling zebras escape. Again.

Published 03/27/08

The zebras made a run for it. Spotting a door ajar, three striped members of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus broke out yesterday from their temporary home in Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena.

Three circus zebras escape
Nick Madigan
Baltimore Sun

Virginia "Zoo" closing after fraud

Published 03/26/08

A chiropractor who is also the owner and operator of Snowflake Farms, a zoo that features a wide array of animals including leopards, giraffes, zebras, monkeys and wildebeests, has been given 60 days to figure out what to do with his exotic animals before he goes to federal prison.

Scott County Chiropractor Sentenced for Fraud, Must Get Rid of Zoo Animals
Mac McLean
Bristol Herald Courier

Setting it straight for the Alaska Congressman

Published 03/24/08

The Bear Protection Act is pro-hunting, pro-bear, anti-poaching legislation. Alaska already prohibits commercialization of bear galls; this bill would support the state's efforts to manage its bear population successfully. The bill is supported by the humane and conservation community, numerous state game departments, law enforcement investigators and hunting organizations. Should it also be supported by Alaska's embattled congressman?

Young should realize that Bear Protection Act is pro-hunting
Adam M. Roberts, Senior Vice President, Born Free USA
Letters to the editor
Anchorage Daily News

Good and bad at the San Francisco Zoo

Published 03/21/08

The San Francisco Zoo is getting both praise and criticism for its handling of a Christmas Day tiger escape that left one person dead and two injured.

Zoo gets mixed grades on tiger escape
United Press International

Ringling draws protests in New York

Published 03/20/08

Animal rights groups protested outside Madison Square Garden Tuesday, saying conditions for circus animals are inhumane. The rally's organizers are calling on the City Council to pass a bill banning the use of "wild and exotic animals" for "public amusement." The legislation has 22 sponsors. "I think it's an entire misrepresentation of the truth," said the show's producer, Nicole Feld, whose family has owned the Ringling Bros. Circus for three generations. "Our animals are absolutely precious to us and are part of the Ringling Brothers/Barnum and Bailey family."

Elephants on 34th Street: Must Be Circus Time
Benjamin Sarlin
New York Sun

San Francisco Zoo to be rescue center?

Published 03/19/08

San Francisco's Animal Control and Welfare Commission on Tuesday unanimously agreed to send a proposal to the Board of Supervisors to convert the San Francisco Zoo to an animal rescue center. The commission, an advisory council to the board on animal-related issues, wants the supervisors to hold hearings on animal welfare at the zoo, including the idea of making the facility into a sanctuary for exotic species owned privately and kept in inhumane conditions.

Commission wants S.F. Zoo to be rescue center
Heather Knight
San Francisco Chronicle

Chimpanzees should not be dressed up as humans

Published 03/18/08

A leading scientific organization has been reprimanded by top conservation biologists for depicting chimpanzees as "frivolous subhuman." A recent promotional campaign by the American Association for the Advancement of Science used chimpanzees dressed in hats while reading the association's journal Science, one of the world's top research publications.

Chimp depiction angers famed scientist Goodall
Margaret Munro
Canada.com

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