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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)

The Lucky Children's Book Continues Its Flight

Published 06/25/09

In Indonesia’s Maluku Islands it is not unusual to find wild parrots or cockatoos chained to perches outside local shops or in the homes of the wealthy. Lucky, a rainbow lorikeet, was one such bird. Trapped from the nearby forest and chained to a two-foot wooden stick, he lived outside his owner’s restaurant for more than a year before he was discovered by representatives from the Indonesian Parrot Project. Monica Engebretson, senior program associate for Born Free USA united with the Animal Protection Institute, was a member of the 2003 Indonesian Parrot Project ecotour and remembers Lucky’s story ...

Ecotourism Helps Birds and Communities Take Flight
Bonnie Zimmermann
Dinas Kebudayaan & Pariwisata Provinsi Maluku

Anything but an Elephant's Natural Environment

Published 06/23/09

In the circus, you see gentle giants donning funny outfits and performing tricks on tiny tubs. It's anything but an elephant's natural environment. "Should the elephants get out there and perform these tricks every day for the public so you (Ringling Bros.) can make pocket money? Or should it be that the elephants don't have to do this anymore?" asks Tom Rider, a former Ringling employee and plaintiff in the federal lawsuit against the circus.

See more on Born Free USA's lawsuit.

Lawsuit accuses Ringling Bros. of abusing elephants
Las Vegas KTNV

Keep dolphins out of the desert

Published 06/19/09

14 dolphins have died in the 19 years since Steve Wynn opened the Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage. Now, an animal rights group wants to stop the casino from bringing more dolphins to the desert.

Born Free USA's Senior Program Associate Monica Engebretson contributes to this video report via phone.

Dolphins in the Desert, seg. 3
Dana Gentry
Las Vegas Sun

More Ringling nonsense: Circus elephants enjoy living out of boxcars

Published 06/18/09

As the Ringling rail cars were unloaded in Las Vegas Tuesday evening, 12 hours before their scheduled arrival, Ringling animal handler Ryan Henning expressed the same sentiments his employer has emphasized in recent years -- mainly, how well circus elephants are treated and how much the big pachyderms enjoy living out of boxcars. "They enjoy it. They travel very comfortably. I would say they travel better than the people in the show. They've got it made," he said.

The article links to the court documents in Born Free USA's trial against Ringling (for violating the Endangered Species Act by cruelly mistreating Asian elephants) which clearly show otherwise.

Circus Arrives in Las Vegas Amid Controversy
KLAS Channel 8, Las Vegas

Trying to stop more dolphin deaths

Published 06/10/09

In the days before a dolphin named Sgt. Pepper died last week at The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, two animal rights organizations — Born Free USA and The World Society for the Protection of Animals — had filed a complaint against the Mirage’s request to import two more dolphins for its habitat. Part of the complaint, ironically, said more dolphins shouldn't be brought in because other dolphins had died in the past at the habitat, which the two groups claim is being used as a money-making entertainment enterprise, rather than for educational or conservation purposes.

Animal rights groups try to halt Mirage from importing dolphins
Amanda Finnegan
Las Vegas Sun

"The circus is good, family fun." Not.

Published 06/08/09

As the circus chugs into town on its mile-long train, a federal lawsuit casts a shadow over the Greatest Show on Earth. ... "Elephants are mobile animals," said Nicole Paquette, senior vice president and general counsel for Born Free USA, a plaintiff in the trial. "They want to walk around and roam for food and water. In the circus, they're chained, one foot in the front and one in the back."

Details on our lawsuit are available at www.bornfreeusa.org/ringling.

Beloved by kids, circus arriving with trunk full of critics
Hailey MacArthur
The Gazette (Colorado Springs)

Ringling Tours under Criticism

Published 06/03/09

The circus came to town yesterday in Trenton, New Jersey, but Born Free USA is asking Trenton residents to consider the shocking evidence against Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey (Ringling) before buying a ticket that essentially supports animal cruelty.

Circus cruelty: "The Saddest Show on Earth"
P. Elizabeth Anderson
Animal Advocacy Examiner
examiner.com

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