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fffashion Winner Mayen — An Exclusive Interview

Published 10/25/10

Valerie Mayen is a recent winner of Born Free USA’s fashion challenge. Tommy Garrett of Canyon News recently interviewed Mayen and posted the Q&A.

Link: Canyon News

Journalist Blasts Circuses' Exploitation of Elephants

Published 10/21/10
By Hugh S. Bailey, assistant editorial page editor

Suppose everything the circus people say is true. The elephants they use in their shows are not harmed, and the training is humane. The animals are healthy and happy. Even if all that is right, it doesn't change the bigger picture. Performing elephants should have long since gone the way of the circus freak show. It's something future generations will look back on in embarrassment.

Link: Connecticut Post

Key Tiger Habitats in Russia At Risk

Published 10/20/10
By Agence France-Presse

MOSCOW – Key tiger habitats in Russia's Far East are slated for logging in what would be a new blow to the dwindling population of the highly endangered Amur tiger, the World Wildlife Federation reported Oct. 20. Within a week, the local government in Primorsky region is planning to auction off some 28,000 cubic metres (990,000 cubic feet) of forest that includes cedar and oak forest inhabited by the Amur tiger, said the WWF's Denis Smirnov.

Link: AFP/Yahoo News!

Coyotes, Not Hunters, Proposed for Valley Forge

Published 10/18/10
By The Associated Press

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — An animal-rights group that opposes the use of hunters to cut the deer population in Valley Forge National Historical Park wants officials to consider using coyotes instead. Friends of Animals opposes a plan to use sharpshooters to eliminate more than 80 percent of the Pennsylvania park's deer in the next four years. Last year, it filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the hunts.

Link: The Associated Press/Yahoo News!

Dolphin Hunt Held at 'The Cove' Site Despite Protests

Published 10/12/10
By Reuters

Fishermen at the Japanese town made famous by the controversial Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove" shrugged off protests by animal rights activists on Tuesday to carry out their grisly annual dolphin hunt.

Link: Reuters

Rescued Dolphins Get a Larger Sea Pen

Born Free Needs Your Help To Ensure Their Rehabilitation to the Wild

Published 10/12/10

Tom and Misha, the two bottlenose dolphins Born Free rescued this summer from a filthy pool in Hisaronu, Turkey, are starting to feel at home in their temporary sea pen. The picture shows a moment of joy for Tom as he leaps up into the air. Our project partners are building a bigger sea pen with the aim of introducing the dolphins to their official rehabilitation facility in a few weeks. Tom and Misha were captured off the Turkish coast five years ago. Now a dedicated team, including colleagues from the United States, are preparing them for a life back in the wild, where they belong.

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D.C. Council Tentatively OKs Bill on Animal- and Pest-Control Firms

Published 10/07/10
By Tim Craig, Washington Post

Furry critters across the District of Columbia — with the exception of rats and mice — soon could be getting a reprieve from animal-control specialists who rid homes and properties of wild animals. The D.C. Council gave tentative approval Oct. 5 to a bill to impose some of the nation's strictest standards for how animal- and pest-control companies can remove raccoons, opossums, foxes, snakes and other nuisance animals from lawns, attics and basements.

Link: The Washington Post

Protection Denied for California Fish

Published 10/06/10
By Matthew Daly, Associated Press

The Sacramento splittail fish does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Oct. 5. The decision puts the Obama administration on the same side as a former Bush administration official who was accused of improper political interference in dozens of endangered species cases, including a 2003 decision to remove the Sacramento splittail from the threatened species list.

Link: Associated Press/Yahoo! News

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