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When Animals and Humans Collide

Published 09/09/10

Born Free USA's senior program associate, Monica Engebretson, recently was interviewed by Shannon Devereaux Sanford of WTBQ radio in New York. They talked about urban and suburban conflicts between animals and humans. Listen to the 11-minute, 30-second interview.

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Bear Attack Highlights Ohio's Lax Laws on Exotic Animals

Published 09/08/10

The bear that recently killed a caretaker in a Cleveland suburb was the latest example of animal violence in a state that has some of the nation's weakest restrictions on exotic pets and among the highest number of injuries and deaths caused by them.

Link: Associated Press/The Washington Examiner

Born Free Foundation® Rescues 2 Dolphins in Turkey

Published 09/07/10

Following a dramatic 48 hours of negotiations, the Born Free Foundation® has secured the release of two dolphins, Tom and Misha. Their plight has made international news since they were placed in a small concrete swimming pool in the Turkish town of Hisaronu, from where local campaign group, the Dolphin Angels, arranged a massive Facebook protest and an ongoing street presence, calling for their release.

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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

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