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Private possession of primates and other exotic animals must be banned

Published 04/24/09

The April 20 article highlights the pressing need for Oregon to pass SB 391, legislation banning the private possession of primates and other exotic animals commonly kept as "pets." Born Free USA operates a sanctuary that is home to more than 500 primates, many of whom are unwanted dangerous "pets." Our sanctuary and others around the country are full to the brim. We urge the Oregon House of Representatives to pass this legislation before more people — and animals — are harmed.

Recent incident involving monkey shows need for legislation
Opinion
Nicole G. Paquette, Born Free USA
Statesman-Journal (Oregon)

Handler whose wolf attacked toddler has history of trouble

Published 04/13/09

The handler of a wolf that attacked a child Saturday during a show at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Lodge in Utica has been in trouble a number of times with federal authorities in connection with his handling of animals.

Exhibiting exotic animals is always dangerous, and Born Free USA maintains a list of incidents involving exhibited animals.

WOLF ATTACK: Animal's handler has troubled history
Dan Churney
The Times (Ottawa, IL)

Chimps as exotic "pets" lose appeal

Published 04/06/09

A growing number of pet owners spooked by February's chimp attack are looking to give up their great apes but are finding it difficult to do so. The Primate Rescue Center in Nicholasville, KY, reports a 50% increase in calls from chimpanzee owners seeking homes for their animals since the mauling in February in Connecticut.

People who own chimps rethink choice of pet
Monica Hortobagyi
USA TODAY

Another chimp attack

Published 04/03/09

A deputy was forced to shoot and kill a 9-year-old chimp that had become violent with the owners and then attacked him. Officers returned to the residence the next day and issued a search warrant regarding reports of alleged animal abuse and neglect, and arrested three people on charges of operating a puppy mill and keeping one chimpanzee and three other primates without a license.

Animal abuse case builds
Ray Scherer
St. Joseph News-Press

The Life in My Years available for a limited time

Published 03/20/09

For a limited time, Born Free USA is delighted to offer you the opportunity to acquire an autographed copy of Born Free star and founder Virginia McKenna’s new memoir, The Life in My Years. We have only a few copies available, so hurry!


Ringling Trial Hears Closing Arguments

Published 03/18/09

Are circus elephants abused? Or are the elephants under the big top healthy and thriving in a caring environment? That's the issue a federal judge must decide in a 9-year-old legal dispute pitting four animal rights groups against the nation's most famous circus, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. Closing arguments will be heard Wednesday in the case in which the circus is accused of mistreating its 54 Asian elephants, which are protected under the 1973 Endangered Species Act.

Closing arguments set for elephant abuse trial
Dick Uliano
CNN

Remembering Ken Guerrero

From Animal Issues, Volume 40 Number 1, Spring 2009

Published 03/16/09
By Susan Lock, Board of Directors

Ken Guerrero, who devoted most of his life to making the world a better place for animals, died on February 10, 2009. He was 84.

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Christian the Lion’s story featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, March 13, 2009

Published 03/13/09

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