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Polar Bears Ill from Accumulated Environmental Toxins

Published 10/13/11
By Science Daily

Industrial chemicals are being transported from the industrialized world to the Arctic via air and sea currents. Here, the cocktail of environmental toxins is absorbed by the sea's food chains, of which the polar bear is the top predator.

Link: ScienceDaily.com

Aging and Ill Animals Increasingly Bring Tough Choices to Zoos

Published 10/11/11
By Wynne Parry, LiveScience.com

Maggie retired from the petting zoo at the Brevard Zoo shortly after her 16th birthday. A fallow deer with familiar white dapples on her back, Maggie had lived at the Florida zoo since 1994, where staff and guests alike knew her for her calm, sweet nature and attraction to men wearing strong cologne.

Link: LiveScience.com/Yahoo! News


'Elsa' Wins Prestigious Award at Film Festival

Published 10/07/11
By Born Free Foundation

"Elsa: The Lioness That Changed the World" (Brian Leith Productions/BBC/WNET) captured the prestigious Conservation Hero prize at the 11th Jackson Hole (WY)Wildlife Film Festival Awards this week. In the competitive world of documentaries, the work and legacy of pioneering conservationists George and Joy Adamson won plaudits from judges and the public.

Link: Born Free Foundation

Exotic Pets Turn Invasive, Threatening Florida

Published 10/06/11
By Wynne Parry, LiveScience.Com

Florida is now officially the world capital for invasive and potentially invasive reptiles and amphibians, according to a 20-year study verifying that 56 non-native species of these animals have become established in the sunshine state.

Link: LiveScience.com/Yahoo! News

fffashion L.A.: A Smashin' Success for Compassion! (VIDEO)

Published 09/30/11

In Hollywood last week, Born Free USA held its second annual fur free fashion show: fffashion L.A. Hundreds of fashion enthusiasts saw firsthand that compassion is the future of fashion. Our show featured 10 of the best and most innovative fur free and eco-friendly designers today, including the emerging compassionate designers who placed in Born Free USA's Fur Free Fashion Competition. See for yourself by visiting our fffashion L.A. webpage, our photo gallery and a fun 4-minute video!

And remember: Compassion is always in fashion!

Nevada's Bear Hunt Made Permanent

Published 09/26/11
By Associated Press

Nevada's controversial bear hunting season has just become permanent. State wildlife commissions voted 8-0 at a meeting in Reno on Sept. 24 to continue Nevada's first ever bear hunt again next year and every year after that from Aug. 20 to Dec. 31. The commission will review the season annually and could alter the number of bears that can be shot in a given year. The current limit is 20 bears, only six of which can be females.

Link: AP/San Jose Mercury News

Zimbabwe Poachers Turn To Poisoning Water Holes

Published 09/19/11
By Associated Press

Zimbabwe's wildlife authority says poachers have begun poisoning watering holes, killing nine elephants and at least five lions in recent weeks.

Link: AP/Huffington Post


Fur Free and Fabulous!

Published 09/19/11
By Starre Vartan, E Magazine

There may be fewer men and women sporting full-length sable coats today, but as the cold kicks in, plenty of people are still donning fur earmuffs and fur-trimmed hats and coats. Fur wearing has become more democratized, and now that fake furs look increasingly realistic, it’s hard to tell what comes from an animal and what comes from a machine. And recent controversies over real fur marked as fake prove that the situation isn’t getting any clearer. All of which makes the work of those who know the real cost of fur and are working to end it that much tougher.

Link: E magazine

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