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Will Aging Chimps Get to Retire, or Face Medical Research?

Published 09/07/10

Flo and the 185 other chimpanzees who live at the Alamogordo Primate Facility in New Mexico have not been research subjects for nearly a decade. Now, however, the National Institutes of Health decided to move the elderly chimps to Texas for more research. Animals rights advocates are outraged, including Born Free USA.

Link: The New York Times

Five Penguin Species Designated as ‘Threatened’

Published 09/02/10

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has updated the status of five penguin species as “threatened” effective today (Sept. 2), under the Endangered Species Act — meaning the species are likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future. The five penguin species in question are the yellow-eyed penguin, white-flippered penguin, Fiordland crested penguin, Humboldt penguin and erect-crested penguin. They will be added to the federal lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants.

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Exotic Animal Incidents Database Debuts

Published 09/01/10

When humans exploit wild creatures, bad things happen.

Born Free USA tracks such confrontations, and in the interest of raising awareness presents an interactive database of attacks on humans, attacks on other animals, and escapes by exotic animals.
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Famed Artist's Captive Monkey Attacks Hairdresser, Who Files Suit

Published 09/01/10

A Queens hairdresser is suing a famed artist and owner of a fancy upstate bed-and-breakfast after his pet capuchin monkey mauled her during a weekend visit.

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Alligator 'pets' on the loose in Chicago

Published 08/24/10
By By Tammy Webber, Associated Press

CHICAGO – Two gators in the Chicago River. One strolling down a Massachusetts street. Another in bustling New York City. And that's just in the past few weeks. From North Dakota to Indiana, alligators are showing up far from their traditional southern habitats.

Link: Yahoo! News

Man killed by bear owned by unlicensed 'exotic-pet showman'

Published 08/23/10

A 24-year-old Elyria, Ohio, man has died after being mauled Aug. 18 by a bear owned by Sam Mazzola, an exotic-pet showman who has battled with authorities over his animals for decades. In 2008, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported that Mazzola was permanently stripped of his federal license to exhibit exotic animals. He was fined $13,950 for exhibiting his bear-wrestling act without a license; refusing to allow an inspection of an exhibit; threatening, abusing and harassing federal officials; and illegally selling skunks at an Elyria store.

Link: The Plain Dealer

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The circus sends kids the wrong message about animals

Published 08/13/10

What are we teaching children when we take them to watch animals be exploited for a few minutes of "entertainment"? Teaching children to be kind and considerate of animals not only creates a sensitivity and respect for animals, but as they grow into adults, those feelings manifest themselves in respectful and considerate interaction with each other. Isn't that what we human beings should be striving for in our lives?

Link: San Jose Mercury News

Presenting the 2010 second annual fffashion design contest winners!

Published 08/12/10

Green Organic Cotton Gown by Tammy Apostol

Born Free USA and E Magazine are proud to announce the 2010 winners of the second annual fffashion — the fur-free fashion design competition promoting the ethical and environmental benefits of forgoing fur fashions. Winners were chosen by a celebrity panel of judges and, this year, a "Green Award" was added. Check out our winners, including the Top 10. Of course, the furbearing animals are the big winners as more people learn how fabulous and fun forgoing fur can be!

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