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African Lions Near Protection

Published 11/29/12
By Anastasia Thrift, Cat Channel

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will consider protecting the African lion under the Endangered Species Act. The groups Born Free USA, Born Free Foundation, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, Defenders of Wildlife and the Fund for Animals filed the petition for protective status in a joint effort, and thanked the USFWS for its preliminary positive 90-day finding.

Link: CatChannel.com

Hope for African Lions

Published 11/29/12
By Michele C. Hollow, Pet News and Views

African lions may soon be protected under the Endangered Species Act thanks to petitions filed by Born Free USA, Born Free Foundation, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the Humane Society of the U.S, the Humane Society International, Defenders of Wildlife and the Fund for Animals.

Link: PetNewsandViews.com

African Lion Could End Up on Endangered Species List

Published 11/27/12
By Miguel Llanos, NBC News

If wildlife activists have their way, U.S. hunters trekking to Africa soon won't be able to bring back any lion skins or skulls as trophies. Acting on a petition by those activists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday said it will study whether the species warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act. Born Free USA, one of the petition groups, called the review "the necessary first step toward ensuring a chance at survival for this beleaguered species."

Link: NBCNews.com

More Stores Go Fur Free

Published 11/21/12
By Michele C. Hollow, Pet News and Views

I’ve always thought that fur looks best on the original owner, and while I’m a pretty open minded person, I’m prejudiced against people who wear fur. I’m happy to report that a record number of retailers are not carrying fur. In fact, this is the biggest year for the International Fur Free Retailer Program. Launched and co-founded by Born Free USA in 2006, the program has more than 50 retailers signing on in 2012 throughout 20 countries.

Link: PetNewsandViews.com

Lawsuits, Controversy Surround Ban on Exotic Animals

Published 11/19/12
By Tom Beyerlein and Andrew McGinn, Dayton (OH) Daily News

A year after a Zanesville man freed 56 jungle cats and other dangerous animals, triggering worldwide condemnation of Ohio’s lax regulation, the state is beginning to implement a ban on most private ownership of big cats, alligators and other wild creatures.

Link: DaytonDailyNews.com

Adam Roberts at the Stars for Stripes Benefit

Published 11/13/12
By Red Carpet Report

Mingle Media TV and Red Carpet Report host Ashley Bornancin were invited to cover Stars for Stripes, hosted by Alison Eastwood, to benefit the Born Free USA and Peace 4 Animals charity organizations held at Hemingway's in Hollywood. Stars for Stripes benefits the Satpuda Landscape Tiger Programme, which protects vital tiger habitats in India, mitigates human-tiger conflicts, tackles wildlife crimes and monitors tiger ranging activity. The celebrity host committee was lead by Elaine Hendrix, Charlotte Ross, Jill Wagner, Joanna Krupa, and Jayde Nicole. The guests were also treated to the unveiling of fine artist, Darcie Odom's tiger conservation painting.

Link: YouTube

Brian May and Kerry Ellis Release 'Born Free' Single to Benefit Born Free Foundation

Published 11/05/12
By Broadway World News Desk

Today the worldwide release of the Oscar-winning song "Born Free" re-recorded by legendary Queen guitarist Brian May and West End and Broadway songstress Kerry Ellis, was released. The classic hit single will be sold in aid of the international wildlife charity, the Born Free Foundation.

Link: BroadwayWorld.com

Swim With a Tiger Cub at Florida Private Zoo

Published 10/10/12
By Matt Guttman, "Good Morning America"

If swimming with dolphins is not exciting enough for you, how about a tiger cub? A private zoo in Dade City, Fla., is now giving patrons the chance to swim with a Siberian tiger cub. While it might sound dangerous, it’s a roaring success with customers from as far away as Iceland lining up and paying $200 for just 30 minutes to cuddle, bottle feed and swim with Tony the tiger — a 6-week old cub.

Link: ABCNews.go.com

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