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Animal Attraction: Baby Blankets for Primates

Published 11/04/13

The Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary is holding a “Baby Blankets for Primates” drive! Donated blankets will provide warmth, enrichment, and security for our residents, many of whom suffered brutal circumstances before arriving at the Sanctuary.

Link: KHOU.COM


Pet Snakes Are Constricting Our Public Safety

Published 10/31/13

With a sharp increase in incidents involving escaped "pet" snakes harming communities and damaging ecosystems, it's clear why Will Travers, CEO of Born Free USA, opposes the keeping of snakes as pets.

Link: Huffington Post


Baby Blankets for Primates

Published 10/31/13

Keep a primate warm this winter by donating a blanket to the "Baby Blankets for Primates" drive at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary! Tim Ajax, Director of the Sanctuary, says that "blankets can provide comfort to residents who have once been involved and suffered in the exotic pet trade."

Link: One Green Planet

Why Congress Won't Let 60 Chimps Retire

Published 10/30/13

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has designated that 60 chimpanzees, who have spent their entire lives in research facilities, are now eligible for retirement. But, due to budgetary limitations, the chimpanzees are still waiting to be moved to a sanctuary.

Link: ABC News

Shark fin soup losing its favor in China

Published 10/28/13

Great news for endangered shark species: the demand for shark fin soup is finally on the decline in China! Once a sign of social status, consumption of shark fin soup in China has plummeted by 50 to 70 percent in the past two years alone.

Link: Boston Globe

Born Free USA Receives Two Exciting Awards

Published 10/28/13

We're proud to announce that Born Free has just received two exciting awards: a lifetime achievement award for Founder Virginia McKenna at the New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival and a 2013 World Tourism Award. McKenna and her son Will Travers, CEO of Born Free USA, accepted the World Tourism Award at a high profile ceremony at the World Travel Market in London.

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Conservationists warn of decline in lion numbers in Uganda

Published 10/28/13

In Uganda's national parks, lion populations are disappearing at alarming rates, largely due to poisoning by local cattle herders. Such sharp declines could damage the local ecosystem and harm Ugandan tourism.

Link: UPI

'Blackfish': A chilling doc on captive killer whales

Published 10/28/13

"Blackfish," the hit documentary from the Sundance Film Festival, makes its television premiere on Thursday, October 24, at 9:00pm ET on CNN. The film explores the contentious practice of keeping orcas in captivity, centering on the infamous 2010 story of SeaWorld trainer, Dawn Brancheau, who was killed in front of park-goers by a whale named Tilikum.

Link: CNN

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