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Animal Campaigners Fight to Protect African Lions

Published 03/02/11

A coalition of wildlife campaigners are seeking to have the African lion placed on the US endangered status list for animals. They argue that the battle to save lions from extinction in their homeland should begin in the United States.

Link: Yahoo! News

Tigers, Burmese Pythons Rescued in Manila Fire

Published 03/01/11

Firefighters in the Philippines were shocked to find tigers, pythons and other wild animals when they responded to a recent house fire. Officials say five tigers, three Indian star tortoises, two Burmese pythons and several cats and dogs were rescued unhurt. The house was gutted.

Link: Yahoo! News

Born Free USA Teams Up in Bid to List Lion as Endangered

Published 03/01/11

The African lion is in crisis. Experts agree that fewer than 40,000 remain in the wild. The species faces imminent danger of extinction throughout significant portions of its range due to several unabated threats, including over-exploitation by recreational trophy hunting and commercial trade, loss of habitat and prey species, retaliatory killings, disease and other human-caused and natural factors. On March 1, Born Free USA and a coalition of wildlife conservation groups submitted a formal petition to the U.S. Department of the Interior to list the African lion as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Approval could take more than two years, but the process has begun. Stay tuned and we’ll tell you how you can help save the African lion!

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Baby Dolphin Deaths in Gulf Get Feds’ Attention

Published 02/24/11
By Karen Nelson, Sun Herald

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will give high priority to an investigation into the large numbers of baby dolphin deaths along the Mississippi and Alabama coasts, an official told the Sun Herald on Feb. 23. Since the first of the year, 24 stillborn or infant calves have washed ashore in the two states. The BP oil spill might prove to be a factor.

Link: Sun Herald (Biloxi, Miss.)

107 Whales Found Dead on New Zealand Beach

Published 02/23/11

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — All members of a pod of 107 pilot whales that stranded on a remote New Zealand beach have died, including 48 that were euthanized, the government's conservation department said Feb. 21. The stranded whales were discovered by hikers Sunday near Cavalier Creek on Stewart Island, off the southern tip of New Zealand's South Island.

Link: Yahoo News!

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

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