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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

Christian the Lion Lived In My Garden

Published 03/13/09

Christian the Lion’s amazing story took place a long time ago. In the early 1970s it was possible, in the UK, to buy a lion from a department store; it was possible to keep that lion in a furniture shop; to exercise him in a church graveyard; to take him to the beach and to have him come to live in my family’s garden in the country.

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The risks of primate "pets"

Published 03/04/09

Carlie and Bob, independent animal rescue workers who have been together 21 years, have a difference of opinion about a 7-year-old Hamadryas baboon named Higgins, who spends a good part of most evenings watching HDTV in his heated monkey house, often holding hands with Bob. Carlie thinks that it is time to ship Higgins to a baboon preserve, and Bob wants to keep him at home.

Born Free USA maintains a database of attacks by captive exotic animals.

My Monkey, My Self
Joyce Wadler
The New York Times

Local governments confront dangerous "pets"

Published 03/03/09

Cities and states are updating their animal control laws after a spate of violent and bizarre animal incidents, including Michael Vick's dogfighting ring in 2007 and last week's attack by Travis the chimpanzee in Connecticut.

Born Free USA maintains a database of attacks by captive exotic animals.

Local gov'ts confront dangerous pets
Oren Dorell, Greg Latshaw, and Donna Leinwand
USA TODAY


Captive Primate Safety Act hits the blogosphere

Published 02/25/09

Just a week after a savage attack in Connecticut involving a chimpanzee, the House today overwhelmingly passed legislation aimed at curbing the keeping of primates as pets. The Captive Primate Safety Act (H.R. 80) passed on a vote of 323-95. Sponsored by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), the bill would amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to add primates to the list of animals that cannot be transported across state lines by individuals.

"The primate trade involves enormous animal suffering and threats to human safety," says Adam Roberts, senior vice president of Born Free USA. "Wildlife belongs in the wild."

Following Brutal Chimp Attack, House Overwhelmingly Passes Primate Pet Ban
Scott Nance
On the Hill (blog)

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