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Two elephants surrendered to zoo

Published 08/24/09

A Texas man whose family has circus ties had to give up two Asian elephants, 40-year-old Jewel and 39-year-old Tina. Both were dangerously underweight. Davenport agreed to pay a $3,000 fine, in exchange for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dropping complaints against him for not having proper purchasing permits for the pair. The two elephants were being transported to an undisclosed zoo.

Born Free USA believes elephants have no place in zoos and that they would be better off released to an elephant sanctuary.

2 elephants seized from owner in Texas
Associated Press
Dallas Morning News


Mirage Casino to get 2 new dolphins

Published 08/12/09

A federal agency has granted MGM Mirage a permit to import two Atlantic bottlenose dolphins for public display in Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden on the Las Vegas Strip. Born Free USA and The World Society for the Protection of Animals filed a complaint against the Mirage's petition to import during a 30-day public comment period.

Feds permit MGM Mirage to import 2 dolphins
Mary Manning
Las Vegas Sun


Protecting U.S. Bears

Published 08/12/09

Adam Roberts, Born Free USA's Senior Vice President, is quoted in this story on the reintroduced Bear Protection Act.

U.S. Bear Gallbladders Sold on Black Market
Brian Handwerk
National Geographic News

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U.S. Bear Gallbladders Sold on Black Market
Brian Handwerk
Wild Singapore

Thirty bears in unimaginably awful conditions

Published 08/11/09

Bob Barker speaks out for bears in Cherokee, North Carolina, in this blog from Larry King Live. Some of these same facilities were part of our 2005 investigation showing bears kept in horrible conditions — North Carolina still has not taken steps to protect the welfare of these animals.

Cherokee’s Unbearable Bear Pits
Bob Barker
Larry King Live blog

New Documentary Shows Japan's Dolphin Slaughter

Published 08/04/09

Like many people in his generation, Louie Psihoyos grew up watching Flipper and Jacques Cousteau adventures on television. After National Geographic magazine hired him as a staff photographer, his admiration for the intelligence and beauty of dolphins, and for the oceans as an ecological system, grew as he learned how to dive and began to work underwater. But none of that quite prepared him for the experience of making The Cove, an award-winning documentary about the clandestine slaughter of dolphins in Japan.

In a Killing Cove, Siding With Dolphins
Larry Rohter
The New York Times

Changing the Zoo

Published 07/30/09

In zoo parlance, they’re known as charismatic megafauna. We’re talking lions, tigers, and other large creatures. They are the big-ticket beasts and the reason, historically anyway, why people have come to the zoo. Where there is megafauna, the thinking goes, there will be crowds.

That’s partly what made Ron Kagan’s decision so shocking. The executive director of the Detroit Zoo announced in 2004 that he was voluntarily sending his zoo’s two Asian elephants to a California sanctuary, where the land was plentiful, the weather temperate, and the elephants could roam. The reason, Kagan said, was simple. To paraphrase: The zoo, despite its best efforts, was essentially ruining the elephants’ lives.

Returning wildlife to the wild is part of Born Free USA's mission.

Goodbye, Jumbo: The identity crisis of the modern zoo
Keith O’Brien
The Boston Globe


Spreading the Story of Lucky

Published 07/27/09

In this 5-minute news video, Born Free USA's Monica Engebretson talks about her book, Lucky, about the true story of the lorikeet on whom the book is bades, the plight of captive birds, and Born Free USA's work in addressing that.

The Story of "Lucky"
Sacramento & Co.
news10.net

New Video Shows Ringling Elephant Abuse

Published 07/23/09

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals on Wednesday released what it says is a secretly recorded video showing handlers striking Ringling Bros. circus elephants backstage. PETA says someone affiliated with the group made the recording during a circus tour earlier this year. A Ringling spokeswoman denied PETA's abuse claims. "Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey loves its elephants," she said.

Born Free USA is currently waiting for a ruling on our lawsuit against Ringling for just such abuse.

PETA: Video shows Ringling Bros. abusing animals
Associated Press

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