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In Iceland, Hunters and Watchers Battle over Whales

Published 07/21/11
By Nina Larson, Agence France-Presse

A slick black head breaks the surface, drawing delighted shrieks from whale watchers in a growing, and lucrative, activity that some say should replace Iceland's controversial whale hunt. Since their meager beginning in the 1990s, whale safaris in this island state have grown to attract tens of thousands of visitors each summer. But its proponents tensed up when Iceland reintroduced commercial whaling in 2006, and the two sides remain uneasy bedfellows.

Link: Agence France-Press/Yahoo! News

Ivory Burned to Make Point about Elephants

Published 07/20/11
By MSNBC

MANYANI, Kenya — Record prices for ivory are fueling a sharp increase in poachers killing elephants, even those in protected areas, conservation groups warned July 20 — the same day that Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki burned five tons of confiscated ivory to highlight the problem.

Link: MSNBC

(VIDE0) Born Free Rescues Chained Lion in Ethiopia

Published 07/19/11

Born Free rescued Dolo the lion – chained by his neck at a restaurant in Ethiopia – and brought him to Ensessakotteh, our Ethiopian Wildlife Rescue, Conservation and Education Center, where he can have the space and privacy he deserves as well as grass under his paws for the first time. George Logan, multi-award-winning photographer and Born Free friend, took some fantastic photos capturing the whole trip.

Conservationists Sound Alarm over Long-Tailed Macaque

Published 07/18/11
By Agence France-Presse

The long-tailed macaque is being threatened with extinction by a huge surge in international trade and the destruction of its habitat in Southeast Asia, conservationists said on July 15. Species Survival Network (SSN), an international coalition of more than 80 charities, says trade in the species had more than doubled in the second half of the last decade.

Link: Agence France-Presse/The Independent (U.K.)


Adam Roberts Appears on 'Pet Talk' (second visit)

Published 07/16/11

Born Free USA's executive vice president, Adam Roberts, makes a return appearance on "Pet Talk," a program hosted on News 12 Connecticut by meteorologist Lauren Collier. Click here or on the image to watch the program. (Note: Adam is interviewed during the opening minutes of the program.)

German Police Nab Two Runaway Circus Elephants

Published 07/15/11
By Eric Kelsey, Reuters

BERLIN - Two runaway circus elephants in Germany surprised passers-by and police by showing up at a bus stop during a brief bid for freedom, officials in Hanover said on July 12. Dunia, a 40-year-old Indian elephant, and her counterpart Daela, a 25-year-old African elephant, were apprehended by police near the western city of Hanover over the weekend nonchalantly munching on tree leaves and looking for all the world as if they were waiting for the bus.

Link: Reuters/Yahoo! News


BFUSA's Roberts Pushes for Primate Safety

Published 07/13/11
By David Moran, Canton (Conn.) Patch

The Captive Primate Safety act, introduced by U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., David Vitter, R-La., and Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal, aims to eliminate the interstate sale of monkeys, apes and other non-human primates in the exotic pet trade.

“The captive primate trade involves enormous suffering and threats to human safety,” said Adam Roberts, executive vice president of Born Free USA. “These innocent animals are often confined in small cages and have their teeth extracted. We can’t allow animals to be mutilated in the name of companionship. There is simply no excuse for keeping nonhuman primates as pets. Wildlife belongs in the wild.”

Link: Canton (Conn.) Patch


Texas monkeys try to keep cool (VIDEO)

Published 07/11/11
By Jim Spencer. KXAN.com

As our heat wave continues to intensify, the over 500 monkeys at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary down in Dilley, Texas are going about their monkey business to stay cool. The "splish splashes" of monkeys doing cannonball jumps into the water and drenching themselves with water hoses can be heard in enclosures across the sanctuary's 186 acres.

Link: KXAN.com (Texas)

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