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Oregon Bill to Restrict Private Possession of Exotic "Pets" Passes Senate

Published 05/27/09

Legislation that would end the ownership of certain wild animals in Oregon passed the Senate today. S.B. 391 will prohibit future possession of alligators, monkeys, lions, tigers, bears, alligators, crocodiles and caimans. The Humane Society of the United States, Born Free USA and the Oregon Humane Society say they applaud the Oregon House Environment and Water Committee for passing S.B. 391 to "prohibit dangerous wild animals as pets."

Senate Bill Would Remove Oregonians' Right to Own Exotic Pets
Tim King
Salem-News.com

Segment on The Today Show Features Our Lawsuit Against Ringling

Published 05/20/09

After almost nine years of claims and counterclaims, a ruling is finally expected soon in a lawsuit accusing Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus of abusing endangered Asian elephants. (Circus elephants in the legal spotlight)

This Today Show segment featuring our lawsuit against Ringling touched briefly on the evidence. For all the facts, check out the exhibits and other evidence revealed at the trial which paint a clear and detailed picture of the daily systematic abuse endured by the elephants.

Natalie Morales, Jennie Thompson, and Alex Johnson
"Today Investigates"
The Today Show (NBC)

Owning exotics -- even if they're kept as pets for years -- only increases the risk of attack.

Published 04/28/09

In February, a frenzied chimpanzee attacked a woman in Connecticut. The victim is being treated for devastating, and near-fatal injuries at the Cleveland Clinic. So NewsChannel5 investigated and found there's not a single law in the state of Ohio that prevents your neighbor from putting a chimp, or even a 500-pound tiger, right in the back yard. Born Free U.S.A. said exotic animals can be deadly. Nicole Paquette of Born Free U.S.A. said, "Exotic animals have attacked and actually killed children and other individuals."

Hundreds Come To Ohio For Exotic Pet Auctions
newsnet5.com (Cleveland, Akron)

Private possession of primates and other exotic animals must be banned

Published 04/24/09

The April 20 article highlights the pressing need for Oregon to pass SB 391, legislation banning the private possession of primates and other exotic animals commonly kept as "pets." Born Free USA operates a sanctuary that is home to more than 500 primates, many of whom are unwanted dangerous "pets." Our sanctuary and others around the country are full to the brim. We urge the Oregon House of Representatives to pass this legislation before more people — and animals — are harmed.

Recent incident involving monkey shows need for legislation
Opinion
Nicole G. Paquette, Born Free USA
Statesman-Journal (Oregon)

Ringling Trial Hears Closing Arguments

Published 03/18/09

Are circus elephants abused? Or are the elephants under the big top healthy and thriving in a caring environment? That's the issue a federal judge must decide in a 9-year-old legal dispute pitting four animal rights groups against the nation's most famous circus, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. Closing arguments will be heard Wednesday in the case in which the circus is accused of mistreating its 54 Asian elephants, which are protected under the 1973 Endangered Species Act.

Closing arguments set for elephant abuse trial
Dick Uliano
CNN

Captive Primate Safety Act hits the blogosphere

Published 02/25/09

Just a week after a savage attack in Connecticut involving a chimpanzee, the House today overwhelmingly passed legislation aimed at curbing the keeping of primates as pets. The Captive Primate Safety Act (H.R. 80) passed on a vote of 323-95. Sponsored by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), the bill would amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to add primates to the list of animals that cannot be transported across state lines by individuals.

"The primate trade involves enormous animal suffering and threats to human safety," says Adam Roberts, senior vice president of Born Free USA. "Wildlife belongs in the wild."

Following Brutal Chimp Attack, House Overwhelmingly Passes Primate Pet Ban
Scott Nance
On the Hill (blog)

Connecticut agency unknowing contributor to chimpanzee attack tragedy

Published 02/20/09

The CT Department of Environmental Protection allowed a Stamford couple to keep a 200-pound chimpanzee without a permit, despite a 2004 state law that required they apply for and obtain the necessary approvals from the agency. On Monday, Travis, a 14-year-old chimpanzee, savagely attacked a family friend, who remained in critical condition Tuesday in Stamford Hospital. A DEP spokesman said the agency granted the couple a special exemption, noting that the DEP "had no compelling evidence there was a public safety risk," he said. "We had no reports there were issues." Born Free USA, a national nonprofit animal advocacy group, in a statement Tuesday, noted that Travis made headlines in 2003 for briefly escaping from his owners in downtown Stamford. Born Free Senior Vice President Nicole Paquette called on Gov. M. Jodi Rell to ban the keeping of primates as pets in Connecticut.

DEP let couple keep chimp without required permit
Brian Lockhart
The Stamford Advocate

Ducking out of the Ringling Trial

Published 02/06/09

Kenneth Feld, the sole owner of Feld Entertainment and Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus did not appear in U.S Federal Court today. Buying his way out of trouble is a way of life for Ken Feld, but this time, he just may be trapped. These animal rights people are not clowning around!

Reckoning at Ringling Bros.
Leslie Griffith
The Huffington Post

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