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10-Year-Old Girl Is Latest Victim of Exotic Pet Attack

Published 05/27/09

A 10-year-old girl is listed in good condition at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh after being bitten by a mountain lion in Columbiana County. It didn't happen at any zoo, or out in the wild — but at home near Lisbon, as a hobby, a family keeps several full-sized lions and mountain lions caged up in their yard.

Born Free USA maintains a database of exotic animal incidents, which occur so frequently as to make laws prohibiting private possession of exotic animals a necessity. Ohio has no laws addressing the private ownership of exotic animals.

Pet Mountain Lion Bites Girl
wtov9.com (Ohio)


Segment on The Today Show Features Our Lawsuit Against Ringling

Published 05/20/09

After almost nine years of claims and counterclaims, a ruling is finally expected soon in a lawsuit accusing Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus of abusing endangered Asian elephants. (Circus elephants in the legal spotlight)

This Today Show segment featuring our lawsuit against Ringling touched briefly on the evidence. For all the facts, check out the exhibits and other evidence revealed at the trial which paint a clear and detailed picture of the daily systematic abuse endured by the elephants.

Natalie Morales, Jennie Thompson, and Alex Johnson
"Today Investigates"
The Today Show (NBC)


Owning exotics -- even if they're kept as pets for years -- only increases the risk of attack.

Published 04/28/09

In February, a frenzied chimpanzee attacked a woman in Connecticut. The victim is being treated for devastating, and near-fatal injuries at the Cleveland Clinic. So NewsChannel5 investigated and found there's not a single law in the state of Ohio that prevents your neighbor from putting a chimp, or even a 500-pound tiger, right in the back yard. Born Free U.S.A. said exotic animals can be deadly. Nicole Paquette of Born Free U.S.A. said, "Exotic animals have attacked and actually killed children and other individuals."

Hundreds Come To Ohio For Exotic Pet Auctions
newsnet5.com (Cleveland, Akron)


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


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

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