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Japan, Under Pressure, Suspends Whale Hunt

Published 02/16/11
By MSNBC.com

Japan has temporarily suspended its annual Antarctic whaling after repeated aggression by a conservationist group, a government official said Feb. 16. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ships have been chasing the Japanese whaling fleet for weeks in the icy seas off Antarctica, trying to block Japan's annual whale hunt. Japan has halted the hunt since Feb. 10 after persistent "violent" disruptions by the anti-whaling protesters, said fisheries agency official Tatsuya Nakaoku.

Link: MSNBC.com

Let’s Be Sure To Stay In Touch!

Published 02/15/11

We are Born Free USA — our staff members on both coasts, our primate sanctuary workers in Texas, our Canadian representative in Ontario, our chief executive officer in England and, most importantly, you. With you, we can be everywhere in the United States speaking out for animals. Several times a month, we ask you to help us by getting in touch with legislators, signing petitions or in some other way promoting our various campaigns and causes. With legislation season ramping up, please make sure you hear about all we’re trying to accomplish by doing these three things:

Together, we are making a difference. Thanks, as always, for your support and partnership.

Still No Love for Lucy the Elephant

Published 02/14/11
By Dr. Joyce Pool, Edmonton Journal

For years now, the Valley Zoo and the City of Edmonton have failed to provide any consistent rational account of the condition and treatment of Lucy the elephant. Her health problems demand expert and fully transparent examination. Zoocheck Canada has offered to negotiate with the zoo to allow a panel of expert veterinarians to review Lucy's many health problems. There can be no possible excuse for refusing such an offer.

Link: Edmonton Journal

I Just E-Mailed to Say I Love You

Published 02/11/11

Are you looking for an offbeat and fun way to show your Valentine some of that yearnin’, burning’ love? Without breaking the budget? Well do we have a wacky idea for you! Just pop onto our website and order a Valentine’s Day eCard, which you can send immediately, with a personalized message, for free! Choose from among three colorful and cuddly designs, each of which depicts a pair of primates at our sanctuary: “Heart Felt Hug,” “I Pick You” and “Monkey Around.” What are you waiting for?!

Leaked Study: Serengeti Road Will Impede Migration

Published 02/10/11
By Jason Straziuso, Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya – An environmental impact study on a road Tanzania wants to build through the Serengeti found that it may affect the famed wildebeest migration and threaten endangered species, according to a copy of the leaked report. Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, though, says his government will continue with plans to build the 33.5-mile (54-kilometer) road through the park.

Link: Associated Press/Yahoo News!

Nevada's First Bear Hunt Approved

Published 02/08/11
By Keith Rogers, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Nevada wildlife commissioners defied a contingent of bear hunt opponents Feb. 4, voting 7-1 to hold a season this year for killing 20 black bears in Northern Nevada. The vote confirmed a Dec. 4 decision to establish the state's first regulated bear hunt. The dissenting vote came from Charles Howell of Las Vegas, who represents sportsmen on the nine-member panel. He said the 20-bear limit was "ridiculously low," considering that California hunters were permitted to take 1,900 black bears last year.

Link: Las Vegas Review-Journal

Oyster Habitats Disappearing

Published 02/04/11
By Agence France-Presse

A survey of oyster habitats around the world has found that the succulent mollusks are disappearing fast and 85 percent of their reefs have been lost due to disease and over-harvesting. Most of the remaining wild oysters in the world, or about 75 percent, can be found in five locations in North America, said the study published in BioScience, the journal of the American Institute of Biological Sciences.

Link: AFP/Yahoo! News

Dolphins Don’t Belong in the Desert!

Published 02/04/11

The sad fact that animals still are used as props by the entertainment industry, more than 10 years into the 21st century, is a stain on our civilization. At Born Free USA, we work tirelessly to bring all such exploitations to an end. Join us in calling upon The Mirage in Las Vegas to shut down its deadly dolphin exhibit that is part of Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. What The Mirage would like to keep secret is that its dolphin habitat has a nearly 75 percent death rate, one of the worst in an exploitative industry that keeps orcas and dolphins captive for entertainment. Tell top officials at The Mirage and its corporate owner, MGM Resorts, that it’s time to send the dolphins back to the wild and to then drain the pool — forever.

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