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"I just wanted to see elephants"

Published 08/03/09

... 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
Zibby Wilder
Memohotel Blog


API cited as a reliable source for information

Published 07/30/09

... 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
Hannah Guzik
Ashland Daily Tidings

Changing the Zoo

Published 07/30/09

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
Keith O’Brien
The Boston Globe


Reaching the tipping point on animal circuses

Published 07/28/09

... 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
D.A. Kolodenko
San Diego Citybeat


BFUSA's Engebretson Talks About Her 'Lucky' Book

Published 07/27/09

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


Spreading the Story of Lucky

Published 07/27/09

In this 5-minute news video, Born Free USA's Monica Engebretson talks about her book, Lucky, about the true story of the lorikeet on whom the book is bades, the plight of captive birds, and Born Free USA's work in addressing that.

The Story of "Lucky"
Sacramento & Co.
news10.net

This Book Is for the Birds!

Published 07/27/09

While traveling in Indonesia six years ago, Senior Program Associate Monica Engebretson aided in the release of a wild-caught parrot — a rainbow lorikeet — who had been chained to a perch for more than a year. He paced back and forth on that tiny perch, occasionally biting at the chain in defiance of its authority, and when he called out in vain to birds flying free over head, it was heartbreaking. He was just one bird out of millions who suffer the same fate as a result of the “pet” bird trade. But “Lucky,” as Monica and her associates called him, deserved to be free. He suffered. And their hearts went out to him.

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New Video Shows Ringling Elephant Abuse

Published 07/23/09

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals on Wednesday released what it says is a secretly recorded video showing handlers striking Ringling Bros. circus elephants backstage. PETA says someone affiliated with the group made the recording during a circus tour earlier this year. A Ringling spokeswoman denied PETA's abuse claims. "Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey loves its elephants," she said.

Born Free USA is currently waiting for a ruling on our lawsuit against Ringling for just such abuse.

PETA: Video shows Ringling Bros. abusing animals
Associated Press

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