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Have Yourself a Monkey Little Christmas

Published 12/06/10

What a season-setter, our Grinch! He's one of six primates in our “Adopt a Primate” program, and with your $52 annual donation you can bring a lot of holiday cheer to Grinch and the hundreds of other rescued monkeys we care for at our Texas sanctuary. Adopt Grinch before year’s end and you will receive his photograph in a holiday ornament frame. As Dr. Jane Goodall says: "Caring for each primate that has been rescued — often from a life of misery — is very important. It is also costly. Born Free desperately needs support in order to provide these primates with the kind of lives they need — and deserve!"

Bile Trade: Cruel to Bears, Possibly Fatal to Humans

Published 12/06/10
By Simon Perry, China Daily

It's sold in small, expensive vials to tourists from Hong Kong and Asia as a health tonic to improve your liver function, your libido and your general health. But the bear bile sold to visitors in Vietnam is not only cruel and illegal but potentially deadly to those who use it.

Link: ChinaDaily.com

Oregon To End Exotic Pet Permits in 2011

Published 12/02/10
By Associated Press

Exotic pet permits are about to go extinct in Oregon. The state Department of Agriculture says that, beginning in January, the state will not issue any new permits while it phases out the old ones. The agency is acting at the direction of the 2009 Legislature, which ordered the change to protect the public against health and safety risks posed to the community by exotic animals.

Link: Associated Press/OregonLive.com

Will You Help Us Run for the Monkeys?

Published 11/29/10

Four of us here at Born Free USA are running our tails off training for the California International Marathon this coming Sunday (Dec. 5). We have made this commitment to raise awareness and funds to support little Mig and others at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. Our goal is to raise $2,500 — the cost of feeding the 500-plus monkeys for just one week! Will you help us run for the monkeys?


Monkeys Used for Research in South Texas (VIDEO)

Includes Comments From Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary Director Tim Ajax

Published 11/29/10
By KIIItv.com (Corpus Christi, Texas)

They are in the business of keeping you, me, all of us alive. But the work is highly controversial. You may not know that two of the largest breeders and importers of monkeys in the United States are right here in the Coastal Bend. They are in the business of medicine. And that means testing drugs on animals. Watch the video.

Link: KIIItv.com (Corpus Christi, Texas)


Born Free USA Offers Compassionate Holiday Shopping Tips

Published 11/29/10
By FidoFriendly.com

Compassion is in fashion now more than ever and ethical consumerism has become a priority for many shoppers. Born Free USA, a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, is encouraging consumers to be extra wise this holiday season and to make informed decisions when it comes to buying items considered “green” or “natural.”

Link: FidoFriendly.com


$6,000 Monkey Catches Attention

Published 11/29/10
By Utica (N.Y.) Observer-Dispatch

Remember the $6,000 capuchin monkey that caused waves when it was euthanized so it could be tested for rabies after it bit an Oneida Castle woman? Well, that monkey has caught some national attention. Earlier this week, Born Free USA learned of Jada’s story and sent out a news release calling on New York state to reconsider its rabies testing requirements. The group also took aim at those who keep exotic animals as pets.

Link: Utica (N.Y.) Observer-Dispatch


25 Gift Ideas That Give to Animals, Too

Published 11/29/10

Just because we've already seen taxidermied piglet banks, frogs in plastic cubes and reindeer steaks for sale, it doesn't mean we can't have a humane holiday season this year. Here are more than 25 ways to give without giving up on your love for animals.

Link: Change.org

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