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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!

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/

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