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Victory for Wolves!

Published 08/06/10

A federal judge in Montana has stopped the killing of wolves in Montana and Idaho by ordering the wolves put back on the federal threatened list.

Judge Molloy ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had illegally stripped the northern Rockies gray wolf of its Endangered Species Act protections in 2009 by relying on political, rather than biological, reasoning.

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Pack up your pachyderms, B.C. tells American circus

Enviro officials cite lax safety under the big top

Published 08/06/10

While protecting the circus-going public is laudable (the risk is real) it’s clear to informed and compassionate people that circuses make play-things out of animals who are forced to perform silly stunts and degrading acts, and are far too often abused behind the scenes and kept in close confinement. The new law is a good step in the right direction by British Columbia, and three cheers for its prompt enforcement.

Link: http://www.theprovince.com

Join us for an evening of entertainment

Published 08/04/10

Suzanne Ciani

Born Free USA cordially invites you to a benefit concert, For the Love of Animals, featuring a brilliant solo performance by award-winning New Age pianist Suzanne Ciani.

The benefit concert will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 in the International House Auditorium on the University of California, Berkeley campus.

Learn more about the event and how to purchase tickets »

N.J. authorizes hunting of black bears

Published 08/04/10

Once again the overpopulation excuse is provided for allowing the hunt; this time for black bears in New Jersey. As we know, the biological truth is that animals regulate their own populations, based upon available food and habitat. In nature, unaltered by humans, there is no such thing as a "surplus" (or "game") animal. Feel free to let the Department of Environmental Protection commissioner Bob Martin, hear about your disappointment.

Link: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/07/21/NJ-authorizes-hunting-of-black-bears/UPI-65501279747811/

Lion-bone wine latest threat to survival of Africa's big cats

Published 08/04/10

With the recent stories of lion meat burgers being served in the states in "honor" of the recent World Cup it is a little less surprising – but still just as tragic – to hear about another totally unnecessary product threatening lions; tiger-bone wine. That's right, tiger bone wine. Can you believe that lion bones have become a cheap substitute for tiger bones?!

Link: http://blogs.nationalgeographic.com/blogs/news/chiefeditor/2010/07/lion-bone-wine-threatens-big-cats.html

Born Free USA applauds New Mexico Gov. Richardson for ordering temporary trapping ban to protect the Mexican Grey Wolf

Published 08/03/10

The Mexican wolf is one of the most endangered animals in North America. The decline in Mexican wolf population has numerous causes, including targeted killing, disease and genetic problems. By their very design traps are inherently cruel and indiscriminate and pose serious risk to wildlife including threatened and endangered species. This ban although temporary, will go far in protecting the Mexican Grey wolf and will hopefully lead to a permanent trapping ban in wolf territory.

Link: http://www.governor.state.nm.us/press.php?id=1661

West Virginia City Passes Ordinance Requiring a License for Exotic "Pets"

Published 07/14/10

Following the frightening incident involving escape of a 9-foot python, later found dead under a neighbor's home, the city of Ravenswood West Virginia passed an ordinance requiring owners of exotic pets to obtain a license and pay a fee to the city.

Link: http://dailymail.com/News/201007070923


Born Free CEO Will Travers goes global

Watch him on Riz Khan's One on One

Published 07/12/10

Will TraversWill Travers on Al-Jazeera

Born Free CEO Will Travers was recently interviewed on Riz Khan's One on One. Watch the full interview now »

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