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Tigers for Sale? Yes — It's Legal and It's Easy

Published 12/22/11

Believe it or not, an "Inside Edition" investigation found it is easier in some states to purchase a tiger than it is to adopt a dog from a shelter. Producer Charlie Mclravy found it was as easy as responding to a listing in a catalog called the "Animal Finder's Guide." The ad said: "Tiger Cub, five month old female, well socialized." The seller, Cy Vierstra, sent Mclravy pictures of a rare white Bengal tiger. The price: $2,700.

Born Free USA works vigorously to prevent such exploitation of wildlife. Please consider helping us today.

Link: InsideEdition.com

More Than 100 Primates Given New Homes

Published 12/16/11
By Vincent T. Davis, My San Antonio

A transfer of 113 primates from the defunct Wild Animal Orphanage to the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley was approved Monday by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas. In August 2010, the Northwest Side animal orphanage announced on its website that it was being dissolved because of overpopulation, underfunding and inadequate housing. More than 190 animals were at two locations, a 7-acre site at 9626 Leslie Road and 102 acres on Talley Road, at the time of the announcement.

Link: GlobalAnimal.org

Captive Tigers at Risk in the U.S., Not Just in the Wild

Published 12/05/11
By Steve Krafft, Fox 10 News (Phoenix)

(WARNING: The video this story links to contains graphic images.)

PHOENIX — A tiger cub named Orion born at the Wildlife World Zoo in the west valley was eventually given to a small roadside zoo back east — a zoo that had a history of problems. Now Orion is coming back to Arizona, but it got us wondering — what else can happen to tigers in captivity? It turns out Orion is one very lucky cat.

Link: MyFoxPhoenix.com

Tiger Cubs in a Mall? What a Disgrace!

Published 11/30/11

Lisa Guerrero of "Inside Edition" ventured into a shopping mall in Cincinnati, OH, to investigate a display there of live tigers. For $55, patrons are allowed to play with tiger cubs and pose with them for pictures. As Guerrero points out to exhibit workers, some of the animals look ill; one cub has a patch of fur missing. It's a heartbreaking scene. Born Free USA's executive vice president, Adam Roberts, is interviewed during the segment and firmly states the obvious: There's no excuse for such cruel exploitation of a species who should instead be left alone in the wild. Watch the report!

Tigers Used as Holiday Mall Attractions

Published 11/29/11

One attraction holiday shoppers might notice at the mall this year is not a photo op with Santa, but instead, with tiger cubs. At malls across the United States shoppers can pay a fee to have their photos taken with baby tigers and even play with them in their pens. But Lisa Guerrero and the "Inside Edition" I-Squad discovered that shoppers might be surprised to learn where these tigers come.

Link: InsideEdition.com

Court Approves Transfer of Primates from Closed Sanctuary

Published 11/22/11
By Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News

A transfer of 113 primates from the defunct Wild Animal Orphanage to the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley was approved Monday by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas. In August 2010, the Northwest Side animal orphanage announced on its website that it was being dissolved because of overpopulation, underfunding and inadequate housing.

Link: San Antonio Express-News

112 Monkeys, Baboon to Get New Home after Bankruptcy

Published 11/21/11
By MSNBC.com

A wildlife shelter that went bust will be transferring 113 primates to a nearby sanctuary after a bankruptcy judge on Monday approved the move. "We don't have definitive historical numbers on rescues, but it is clearly one of the largest single rescues we know of," Adam Roberts, executive vice president of Born Free USA, told msnbc.com.

Link: MSNBC.com

Free at Last: Lions Saved from Hell

Published 11/08/11
By Stuart Winter, Daily News and Express (U.K.)

Born free but sentenced to a life in captivity, four majestic lions can once again feel the sun on their flowing manes and the soft spring of lush grass under their paws. The sight of these kings of the African savannah returning to their roots brought a glowing smile to one of the great animal champions last week. Virginia McKenna, star of the 1966 cinema classic "Born Free," was there to see two of the mighty big cats begin their epic journey from their cramped confinement in a presidential palace compound to the nearest thing to true wilderness. (Read more about the Ethiopian Wildlife Center in Born Free USA's Global Field Projects.)

Link: Express Yourself (U.K.)

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