Born Free USA is excited to announce our inaugural Keep Wildlife in the Wild Week June 1 through June 7, 2009. Each day, we’ll highlight a species in peril, an animal in need, or an issue facing wildlife as well as providing educational information, easy-to-complete challenges, important things to do and not to do, and more.
Two of the compassionate corporate partners joining our efforts this week are CHANCEtoGIVE, a cutting edge iPhone application that allows users a convenient new way to make donations to their favorite charities including Born Free USA; and GG2G, an innovative Connecticut-based accessory company that makes bags from recycled materials, including highway billboards.
Legislation that would end the ownership of certain wild animals in Oregon passed the Senate today. S.B. 391 will prohibit future possession of alligators, monkeys, lions, tigers, bears, alligators, crocodiles and caimans. The Humane Society of the United States, Born Free USA and the Oregon Humane Society say they applaud the Oregon House Environment and Water Committee for passing S.B. 391 to "prohibit dangerous wild animals as pets."
Senate Bill Would Remove Oregonians' Right to Own Exotic Pets
A 10-year-old girl is listed in good condition at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh after being bitten by a mountain lion in Columbiana County. It didn't happen at any zoo, or out in the wild — but at home near Lisbon, as a hobby, a family keeps several full-sized lions and mountain lions caged up in their yard.
Born Free USA maintains a database of exotic animal incidents, which occur so frequently as to make laws prohibiting private possession of exotic animals a necessity. Ohio has no laws addressing the private ownership of exotic animals.
Pet Mountain Lion Bites Girl
After almost nine years of claims and counterclaims, a ruling is finally expected soon in a lawsuit accusing Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus of abusing endangered Asian elephants. (Circus elephants in the legal spotlight)
This Today Show segment featuring our lawsuit against Ringling touched briefly on the evidence. For all the facts, check out the exhibits and other evidence revealed at the trial which paint a clear and detailed picture of the daily systematic abuse endured by the elephants.
Natalie Morales, Jennie Thompson, and Alex Johnson
The Today Show (NBC)
In February, a frenzied chimpanzee attacked a woman in Connecticut. The victim is being treated for devastating, and near-fatal injuries at the Cleveland Clinic. So NewsChannel5 investigated and found there's not a single law in the state of Ohio that prevents your neighbor from putting a chimp, or even a 500-pound tiger, right in the back yard. Born Free U.S.A. said exotic animals can be deadly. Nicole Paquette of Born Free U.S.A. said, "Exotic animals have attacked and actually killed children and other individuals."
Hundreds Come To Ohio For Exotic Pet Auctions
newsnet5.com (Cleveland, Akron)
The April 20 article highlights the pressing need for Oregon to pass SB 391, legislation banning the private possession of primates and other exotic animals commonly kept as "pets." Born Free USA operates a sanctuary that is home to more than 500 primates, many of whom are unwanted dangerous "pets." Our sanctuary and others around the country are full to the brim. We urge the Oregon House of Representatives to pass this legislation before more people — and animals — are harmed.
Recent incident involving monkey shows need for legislation
Nicole G. Paquette, Born Free USA
The handler of a wolf that attacked a child Saturday during a show at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Lodge in Utica has been in trouble a number of times with federal authorities in connection with his handling of animals.
Exhibiting exotic animals is always dangerous, and Born Free USA maintains a list of incidents involving exhibited animals.
WOLF ATTACK: Animal's handler has troubled history
The Times (Ottawa, IL)
A growing number of pet owners spooked by February's chimp attack are looking to give up their great apes but are finding it difficult to do so. The Primate Rescue Center in Nicholasville, KY, reports a 50% increase in calls from chimpanzee owners seeking homes for their animals since the mauling in February in Connecticut.
People who own chimps rethink choice of pet