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BFUSA's Engebretson Talks About Her 'Lucky' Book

Published 07/27/09

Born Free USA Senior Program Associate Monica Engebretson, in a "Sacramento & Co." interview on the ABC affiliate in Sacramento, talks about her book "Lucky," which tells the story of an exotic bird that was taken into captivity in order to spread awareness about what can happen when birds don't fly free.

Link: KTTA Channel 10

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

A real danger

Published 07/15/09

... "The private ownership of dangerous reptiles such as pythons obviously presents a real danger," said Nicole Paquette, Born Free USA senior vice president and general counsel. ...

Burmese Pythons: When 'Pets' Turn Deadly
The Ledger (Lakeland, FL)

"We Indians too should follow suit ..."

Published 07/08/09

... Born Free USA united with API has urged a detailed federal examination of animal welfare and public safety conditions at all American zoos. They have made arrangements with their governments urging for an in-depth examination of current oversight of their zoos, with the ultimate goal of determining what specific immediate and long-term steps need to be taken to ensure the highest standards of animal welfare and to prevent another harmful human/animal interaction from ever occurring again. We Indians too should follow suit. ...

Animals in captivity
Rituparna Goswami Pandey
Assam Times (Assam, India)

The private ownership of dangerous reptiles presents a real danger

Published 07/08/09

... "The private ownership of dangerous reptiles such as pythons obviously presents a real danger," Nicole Paquette, Born Free USA senior vice president and general counsel said last week. "We're hoping that this incident spurs the Legislature to hold an immediate public hearing to discuss the serious public safety concerns surrounding the keeping of dangerous reptiles in private hands. There is absolutely no reason for the general public to be keeping such animals as pets. In terms of public safety it's an accident waiting to happen." ... She added: "The question is, how many accidents have to happen before legislators act to protect the public rather than the interests of a small group of individuals?"

Editorial: Ban these lethal 'pets'
The Gainesville Sun (Gainesville, FL)

Protesting the transfer

Published 07/08/09

... In a joint statement, In Defense of Animals, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and Born Free USA also wrote that they were concerned Kallie and Bette might breed. Both elephants are nearly 30 years old, an age when the risks of breeding become high, Roy said. ...

Phila. says farewell to beloved elephant pair
Zoe Tillman
The Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA)

Joining forces to oppose a pending move of elephants

Published 07/07/09

... Zoo administrators have said for some time that they planned to move two female elephants, Kallie and Bette, from the Philadelphia Zoo to the Somerset County center. But that initiative now is attracting controversy. On Tuesday, three organizations — PETA, Born Free USA and In Defense of Animals — said they are “joining forces to oppose the pending move.” ...

Pachyderm protest: Groups oppose breeding plan at Fairhope-area facility
Mike Faher
The Tribune-Democrat (Johnstown, PA)

Urging a ban on owning dangerous reptiles

Published 07/03/09

Investigators continued looking for answers the day after a Sumter County toddler was strangled to death by a python. ... The tragic case has sparked outrage from residents in the community as well as animal protection organizations. National wildlife advocacy group, Born Free USA, has called on Florida legislators to immediately ban the ownership of dangerous reptiles.

Investigation continues after snake strangles child
Larry Ell
The Daily Commercial (Leesburg, FL)

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