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'Blackfish': A chilling doc on captive killer whales

Published 10/28/13

"Blackfish," the hit documentary from the Sundance Film Festival, makes its television premiere on Thursday, October 24, at 9:00pm ET on CNN. The film explores the contentious practice of keeping orcas in captivity, centering on the infamous 2010 story of SeaWorld trainer, Dawn Brancheau, who was killed in front of park-goers by a whale named Tilikum.

Link: CNN


Elephants arrive at wildlife sanctuary in California

Published 10/23/13

Three elephants from the Toronto Zoo have arrived safely at the Performing Animal Welfare Society's wildlife sanctuary in California, following a carefully monitored three-day trek. CTV News interviews Barry MacKay, Born Free USA's Senior Program Associate and Canadian Representative, about the importance of this move.

Link: CTV News


Primatologist uses gourds to help monkeys

Published 10/23/13

Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary's Alexandra Bowman speaks at the Pumpkins for Primates event in New Braunfels, Texas, where children learn about the hardships facing primates and decorate pumpkins (with non-toxic paint) to give to the primates at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. The event was presented by the local chapter of Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots organization.

Link: Herald Zeitung

Toronto Zoo elephants to be moved to U.S. today

Published 10/21/13

After years of debate between animal advocates and zoo staff, three elephants from the Toronto Zoo will journey to their new home at the Performing Animal Welfare Society’s (PAWS) wildlife sanctuary in California. Born Free USA applauds the move and wishes the elephants a safe journey and happy life at PAWS.

Link: CBC News, Toronto


International March for Elephants

Published 10/15/13

At the International March for Elephants, Born Free USA CEO Will Travers gives an impassioned speech about the cruel realities of the ivory trade. (You can also read a transcript of the speech here.)

Link: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01j9gjv


Mourning Dove Hunt

Published 10/11/13

Born Free USA's Canadian Representative, Barry McKay, speaks out against the recent decision to add the mourning dove to Ontario's list of species that can be hunted. Listen to his interview on CBC Toronto's radio show, Ontario Morning.

Link: CBCRADIO


Snakes alive! Countless reports of snakes turning up in weird places

Published 10/08/13

Born Free USA's Exotic Animal Incidents Database proves useful for tracking the recent rash of snake-related incidents, including those involving injuries and deaths to humans and other animals.

Link: SOTT.NET


Pet snakes becoming a danger to humans and wildlife in USA

Published 10/08/13

Born Free USA's Executive Vice President, Adam Roberts, speaks out about the dangers of owning deadly "pet" snakes.

Link: Wildlife Extra

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