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Our lawsuit against trapping wins in Minnesota

Published 04/02/08

Trapping and snaring in the "core" habitat of the Canada lynx in Minnesota violated the Endangered Species Act, a federal judge said in a ruling published Monday. U.S. District Judge Michael Davis ordered the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to "promptly take all action necessary to [ensure] no further taking of threatened Canada lynx." Davis said the DNR must apply by the end of April for a special permit regulating incidental takings of Canada lynx. The ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed in 2006 by the Animal Protection Institute (now called Born Free USA) and the Center for Biological Diversity. According to the plaintiffs, trappers injured or killed at least 13 Canada lynx from 2002 to 2005.

DNR is told to put a stop to trapping Canada lynx
Dan Browning
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Our Staff Sounds Off

Published 04/02/08

Be sure to check out our new blog, where members of the Born Free USA team and animal experts talk about issues that make them tick — or just plain tick them off! Whether it’s a topic that infuriates, delights, or challenges, the Born Free USA blog is yet another way for us to connect and share stories about the work that inspires us all. Be sure to sign up to receive RSS feeds straight to your inbox!

Troubled zoo could lose animals on loan from accredited zoos

Published 04/01/08

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore could lose its national accreditation unless the aging facility fixes a litany of expensive problems stemming from years of financial struggles. Born Free USA united with API charts incidents at AZA-accredited facilities involving animal escapes and other dangerous occurrences.

Zoo accreditation in jeopardy
Doug Donovan
Baltimore Sun

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

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