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Born Free USA Grades States on Trapping Laws

Published 11/15/10

Find out how your state rates in terms of trapping regulations by checking out Born Free USA’s unprecedented State Trapping Report Card, which assigns an academic letter grade to each state based on how its trapping regulations impact animal welfare, wildlife conservation and public safety. “We were actually generous in our grading system,” says Senior Program Associate Monica Engebretson. "Many states would receive an even lower grade if we took into account accurate monitoring of wildlife populations.”

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Bigger Isn't Always Better for Wildlife Reserves

Published 11/12/10
By Lynne Peeples, for LiveScience.com

While setting aside massive swaths of land would seem to provide powerful strongholds for biodiversity, a new study finds that such reserves often don't reach their full conservation potential because of poor placement — they are put in areas that are convenient for people to avoid, but not for threatened species to thrive.

Link: LiveScience.com

Georgia County Won't Let Elephants Off the Hook

Published 11/04/10
By Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fulton County Commissioner Tom Lowe argued Nov. 3 that nobody loves animals more than him — he cries when he puts his dogs down — but he said there is a place for cattle prods and bullhooks. The commission went along with Lowe, voting 4-3 against a proposed ban on the use of bullhooks by circus elephant trainers.

Link: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fur-Free Compassion Is Always in Fashion!

Published 11/02/10

Born Free USA, which for two years has promoted fur-free fashion with its fffashion design contest, last month co-hosted a celebrity-infused fashion show in the swanky Stone Rose Lounge in Los Angeles. Check out our photo gallery from the exciting inaugural event, which spotlighted guilt-free, no-animal-was-harmed dresses and other attire. Who says doing the right thing can’t be fun?

3 Poachers, 5 Elephants Killed in Kenya

Published 11/01/10
By CNN

Two suspected ivory poachers were in custody and three others were killed by Kenyan authorities in the past week in a pair of incidents, the Kenya Wildlife Service said Nov. 1. Five elephants also were killed in the incidents.

Link: CNN (Warning: The link includes a mildly graphic picture of confiscated elephant tusks.)

China Tells Zoos To Do Better Amid Abuse Concerns

Published 10/28/10
By Associated Press

BEIJING – China has urged zoos to stop serving wild animal products and holding wildlife performances in an attempt to improve the treatment of tigers, bears and other animals amid concerns over widespread abuse in zoos and wildlife parks.

Link: Associated Press/Yahoo News!


fffashion Winner Mayen — An Exclusive Interview

Published 10/25/10

Valerie Mayen is a recent winner of Born Free USA’s fashion challenge. Tommy Garrett of Canyon News recently interviewed Mayen and posted the Q&A.

Link: Canyon News

Journalist Blasts Circuses' Exploitation of Elephants

Published 10/21/10
By Hugh S. Bailey, assistant editorial page editor

Suppose everything the circus people say is true. The elephants they use in their shows are not harmed, and the training is humane. The animals are healthy and happy. Even if all that is right, it doesn't change the bigger picture. Performing elephants should have long since gone the way of the circus freak show. It's something future generations will look back on in embarrassment.

Link: Connecticut Post

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