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So Much Wrong with Having Exotic "Pets"

Published 11/03/08

Exotic pets cause big headaches for law enforcement and humane society officers who routinely respond to reports of unusual animals roaming the streets or attacking other animals or humans, something experts say is inevitable when dealing with animals ill-suited to captivity. "There's a reason why these animals are wild," said Adam Roberts, senior vice president for Born Free USA, a nonprofit animal protection organization. "They don't belong with people."

The Allure of Exotic Pets Bring Risks to Owners, Animals
Sarah Netter
ABC News

Voices for Animals of Western Pennsylvania will protest Ringling

Published 10/28/08

When Ringling Bros. brings its circus to Pittsburgh on October 30 through November 2, volunteers from Voices for Animals of Western Pennsylvania will be present at each show, educating onlookers on the mistreatment suffered by animals in the circus.

The main protest is scheduled for Saturday evening, November 1.

Born Free USA united with API organized protests when Ringling brought the circus to the Sacramento CA area. We are delighted to offer this information to any activists or would-be activists local to the Pittsburgh area who wish to participate. Contact the organization at VoicesForAnimals@gmail.com.

Suit against Ringling begins Monday

Published 10/21/08

Benjamin, a 4-year-old Asian Ringling Bros. elephant, was swimming in a pond in 1999 when his trainer instructed him to get out of the water. When he disobeyed, the trainer came at him with a bull hook — a club with a sharp metal point at the end — and the young elephant had a heart attack and died. ... Four nonprofit national animal rights groups ... in 2000 sued Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. ... The suit ... claims the defendants inhumanely and illegally mistreat their Asian elephants and have done so for decades. On Monday, Federal Court Judge Emmet Sullivan will begin hearing testimony in the case. The anticipated three-week, non-jury trial takes place in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

You can help Born Free USA united with API defray our massive legal expenses. Go to www.bornfreeusa.org/edf.

Lawsuit alleges elephant abuse
Natalie Neysa Alund
Bradenton Herald

"Earthlings" documentary gets an upgrade

Published 10/14/08

Originally released in 2003 and narrated by actor Joaquin Phoenix, the documentary Earthlings covers the suffering of animals used for food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. And now, it’s getting a special-edition re-release with even more footage.

Born Free USA united with API knows that when people accept the truth about how animals are treated, they will change their behavior.

Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Earthlings’ Gets Special-Edition Release
Michael
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Ringling deflecting public attention

Published 10/07/08

A Ringling “news” video shows Ringling elephants “choosing the next president.”

Will Travers, CEO of Born Free USA united with API, responds, “Captive elephants (carefully marshaled by employees wielding sharp, steel-tipped bullhooks) ‘choosing the next President’ may seem like typical piece of election season ‘fluff’, but not even this latest gimmick from Ringling can deflect public attention away from the real Headline News — that in less than 2 weeks the most famous Circus in the world will stand before Washington DC Court to answer allegations of cruelty and abuse of endangered Asian elephants.”

Better animal protection laws needed

Published 10/06/08

The "contemptible" practice of keeping elephants in captivity and the breeding programs that force elephants to live an unnatural life for their entire existence ... might explain the bizarre behavior exhibited by Rose-Tu toward her newborn. But there may be another reason: The abuse she suffered eight years ago at the hands of one of her Oregon Zoo handlers may have compromised her ability to interact normally with her calf.

Born Free USA united with API knows that elephants don't belong in the zoo.

The lesson of Rose-Tu and her calf
Guest Opinion
Pamela Frasch
The Oregonian

Who do? Yudu!

Published 10/03/08


Born Free USA united with API is thrilled to have been chosen as the fourth quarter beneficiary of Yudu clothing. Yudu doesn’t just talk the eco talk, they walk the walk, producing quality pieces that are made from 100% certified organic, sustainably farmed, eco-friendly, and recycled materials. Yudu uses green processes and practices, and they believe in fair trade, fair labor, and a fair price. Seems fair to us! Get a jump on your holiday shopping by visiting Yudu today at www.yudulife.com. Shop October through December 31 and Born Free USA united with API gets a percentage of all sales.

Another victory in the courts for wolves

Published 10/02/08

In a victory for environmentalists, a federal judge has returned the gray wolf in the Upper Midwest to federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. The four environmental groups that filed the lawsuit included the Humane Society of the United States, Help Our Wolves Live, the Animal Protection Institute, and the Friends of Animals and Their Environment.

Gray wolf gets back on the protected list
Tom Meersman
Star Tribune

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