... The verdict in a groundbreaking civil trial against Ringling Bros. is due any day. Evidence obtained by the plaintiffs, Born Free USA and the Animal Protection Institute, shows that Ringling elephants are kept virtually immobilized in chains for most of their lives. ...
Poole: Show circus animals compassion
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The folks (and critters!) at Born Free USA
Like many people in his generation, Louie Psihoyos grew up watching Flipper and Jacques Cousteau adventures on television. After National Geographic magazine hired him as a staff photographer, his admiration for the intelligence and beauty of dolphins, and for the oceans as an ecological system, grew as he learned how to dive and began to work underwater. But none of that quite prepared him for the experience of making The Cove, an award-winning documentary about the clandestine slaughter of dolphins in Japan.
In a Killing Cove, Siding With Dolphins
The New York Times
... Even if it takes years of saving $20 per paycheck, it is possible to create a ‘dream travel’ fund to get you where you want to go. I recently saved up enough to take my dream trip to see the incredible wildlife of Kenya. Being that I work for Born Free USA, it was also exciting to think of seeing the land and animals that inspired the movie Born Free! But really, I just wanted to see elephants.
Taking the trip of a lifetime
... According to the Animal Protection Institute, a 2007 study by San Francisco State University found that temperatures inside a car with the windows cracked can rise almost 20 degrees in 10 minutes, 35 degrees in 30 minutes and as much as 50 degrees in one hour. "Hundreds of beloved canine companions are unintentionally killed or injured each year by being left in hot cars, even with windows cracked and only for a short time," the institute's Web site states. ...
Dogs in Ashland found trapped in hot cars
Ashland Daily Tidings
In zoo parlance, they’re known as charismatic megafauna. We’re talking lions, tigers, and other large creatures. They are the big-ticket beasts and the reason, historically anyway, why people have come to the zoo. Where there is megafauna, the thinking goes, there will be crowds.
That’s partly what made Ron Kagan’s decision so shocking. The executive director of the Detroit Zoo announced in 2004 that he was voluntarily sending his zoo’s two Asian elephants to a California sanctuary, where the land was plentiful, the weather temperate, and the elephants could roam. The reason, Kagan said, was simple. To paraphrase: The zoo, despite its best efforts, was essentially ruining the elephants’ lives.
Returning wildlife to the wild is part of Born Free USA's mission.
Goodbye, Jumbo: The identity crisis of the modern zoo
The Boston Globe
... In February, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus stood trial for six weeks in Washington, D.C., accused by animal-rights groups of violations of the Endangered Species Act. In a press release, Nicole Paquette of Born Free USA said the court considered testimony from former Ringling Bros. employees alleging that Ringling keeps elephants chained often for more than 26 hours at a time and as many as 100 hours straight, and that elephants suffer from bleeding wounds after being beaten with bull hooks. ...
The greatest sham on Earth
San Diego Citybeat
Born Free USA Senior Program Associate Monica Engebretson, in a "Sacramento & Co." interview on the ABC affiliate in Sacramento, talks about her book "Lucky," which tells the story of an exotic bird that was taken into captivity in order to spread awareness about what can happen when birds don't fly free.
Link: KTTA Channel 10