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"The circus is good, family fun." Not.

Published 06/08/09

As the circus chugs into town on its mile-long train, a federal lawsuit casts a shadow over the Greatest Show on Earth. ... "Elephants are mobile animals," said Nicole Paquette, senior vice president and general counsel for Born Free USA, a plaintiff in the trial. "They want to walk around and roam for food and water. In the circus, they're chained, one foot in the front and one in the back."

Details on our lawsuit are available at www.bornfreeusa.org/ringling.

Beloved by kids, circus arriving with trunk full of critics
Hailey MacArthur
The Gazette (Colorado Springs)

Another captive dolphin death

Published 06/05/09

MGM Mirage today reported the second death of a dolphin this year at The Mirage's dolphin habitat. Two-year-old Sgt. Pepper died Wednesday of complications from a lung infection. Sgt. Pepper is the 14th dolphin to die at the Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat since the attraction opened in 1990.

The death comes hard on the heels of a request by The Mirage hotel to import two bottlenose dolphins. Born Free USA responded to the request asking the permit be denied on the grounds of the hotel’s dismal animal care record, the lack of educational and conservation value of the display, animal welfare and transport concerns, and more. Born Free USA's letter can be viewed at www.bornfreeusa/miragedolphins.

Mirage dolphin dies from lung infection complications
Amanda Finnegan
Las Vegas Sun


Ringling Tours under Criticism

Published 06/03/09

The circus came to town yesterday in Trenton, New Jersey, but Born Free USA is asking Trenton residents to consider the shocking evidence against Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey (Ringling) before buying a ticket that essentially supports animal cruelty.

Circus cruelty: "The Saddest Show on Earth"
P. Elizabeth Anderson
Animal Advocacy Examiner
examiner.com

Keep Wildlife in the Wild Week

Published 06/01/09

Born Free USA is excited to announce our inaugural Keep Wildlife in the Wild Week June 1 through June 7, 2009. Each day, we’ll highlight a species in peril, an animal in need, or an issue facing wildlife as well as providing educational information, easy-to-complete challenges, important things to do and not to do, and more.

Two of the compassionate corporate partners joining our efforts this week are CHANCEtoGIVE, a cutting edge iPhone application that allows users a convenient new way to make donations to their favorite charities including Born Free USA; and GG2G, an innovative Connecticut-based accessory company that makes bags from recycled materials, including highway billboards.

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Oregon Bill to Restrict Private Possession of Exotic "Pets" Passes Senate

Published 05/27/09

Legislation that would end the ownership of certain wild animals in Oregon passed the Senate today. S.B. 391 will prohibit future possession of alligators, monkeys, lions, tigers, bears, alligators, crocodiles and caimans. The Humane Society of the United States, Born Free USA and the Oregon Humane Society say they applaud the Oregon House Environment and Water Committee for passing S.B. 391 to "prohibit dangerous wild animals as pets."

Senate Bill Would Remove Oregonians' Right to Own Exotic Pets
Tim King
Salem-News.com

10-Year-Old Girl Is Latest Victim of Exotic Pet Attack

Published 05/27/09

A 10-year-old girl is listed in good condition at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh after being bitten by a mountain lion in Columbiana County. It didn't happen at any zoo, or out in the wild — but at home near Lisbon, as a hobby, a family keeps several full-sized lions and mountain lions caged up in their yard.

Born Free USA maintains a database of exotic animal incidents, which occur so frequently as to make laws prohibiting private possession of exotic animals a necessity. Ohio has no laws addressing the private ownership of exotic animals.

Pet Mountain Lion Bites Girl
wtov9.com (Ohio)


Segment on The Today Show Features Our Lawsuit Against Ringling

Published 05/20/09

After almost nine years of claims and counterclaims, a ruling is finally expected soon in a lawsuit accusing Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus of abusing endangered Asian elephants. (Circus elephants in the legal spotlight)

This Today Show segment featuring our lawsuit against Ringling touched briefly on the evidence. For all the facts, check out the exhibits and other evidence revealed at the trial which paint a clear and detailed picture of the daily systematic abuse endured by the elephants.

Natalie Morales, Jennie Thompson, and Alex Johnson
"Today Investigates"
The Today Show (NBC)


Owning exotics -- even if they're kept as pets for years -- only increases the risk of attack.

Published 04/28/09

In February, a frenzied chimpanzee attacked a woman in Connecticut. The victim is being treated for devastating, and near-fatal injuries at the Cleveland Clinic. So NewsChannel5 investigated and found there's not a single law in the state of Ohio that prevents your neighbor from putting a chimp, or even a 500-pound tiger, right in the back yard. Born Free U.S.A. said exotic animals can be deadly. Nicole Paquette of Born Free U.S.A. said, "Exotic animals have attacked and actually killed children and other individuals."

Hundreds Come To Ohio For Exotic Pet Auctions
newsnet5.com (Cleveland, Akron)

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