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Texas Residents: Cupcakes to Benefit Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary!

Published 02/25/14

Visit Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop in Austin this Friday, February 28 - Sunday, March 2 for an exclusive, special-edition “Spicy Monkey” cupcake designed to benefit the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary's work to save monkeys!

To commemorate World Wildlife Day, Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop – winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars – is serving up support for the animals in addition to their delicious sweets! When you purchase the signature Spicy Monkey cupcake (vegan banana chocolate chip with “buttercream” frosting), $1.50 from each sale will be donated to the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in South Texas.

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Maryland Residents: Keep Exotic Animals Out of Roadside Zoos!

Published 02/24/14

Roadside zoos are notorious for being inhumane, unsafe, and poorly regulated. A recent report by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) proved that this is certainly true in Maryland, so legislators have introduced a bill to address these serious animal welfare and public safety concerns. We need you to speak up in support of S.B. 827/H.B. 1124 before their upcoming hearings!

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Urgent: Save Bear Cubs from Becoming Orphans

Published 02/21/14

In 1999, Ontario’s provincial government stopped the spring bear hunt, which allowed hunters to bait bears as they came out of hibernation, or chase them with hounds and shoot them. While females were supposed to be protected, they were often shot, leaving dependent cubs to die slowly.

The current government has reinstated a spring hunt—even though independent studies and research by their own bear biologists show that this tactic does NOT reduce conflicts with bears.

There will be an Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) assessment, but it ends March 7! Please send comments (but in a very specific way, if they are to be considered). Click the "Read More" link below to see our action alert email that contains a sample comment that you can use.

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Speak Out to Save Gray Wolves

Published 02/20/14

The struggle over the fate of the gray wolf continues. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has reopened the comment period again for its proposal to remove the gray wolf from the list of endangered species. See our fact sheet for more information about the gray wolf and its dire need for federal protection.

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Washington, D.C.: Wildlife Film & Panel Discussion

Published 02/19/14

You’re invited to join me at the D.C. Independent Film Festival (DCIFF) right here in Washington, D.C. for the east coast premiere of the powerful film Ofir – A Wildlife Crime Documentary, followed by what I hope will be an engaging panel discussion.

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New Jersey Residents: Take Action on Two Important Bills!

Published 02/19/14

S. 687 helps compassionately manage conflicts with wildlife, which is crucial, because these problems are often addressed through inhumane measures, such as trapping. We need to build momentum on this bill now to ensure that it passes in 2014, so please contact your state senator and ask them to support S. 687!

Additionally, A. 2410 threatens to remove the statutory 200 permit limit for trapping beavers. Write to your assemblymember now and ask them to oppose this bill!

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Take Action on Federal Legislation; Shop Compassionately with Vaute Couture!

Published 02/13/14

Friday, February 14, Vaute Couture, the popular vegan fashion line, will offer 35% off of all merchandise online and in its New York City store--and 10% of all sales will benefit Born Free USA! On February 14 only, any Vaute Couture purchase OR a $10 donation to Born Free USA (made through the Vaute Couture website) will enter you in a raffle to win this free coat!

The Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act (H.R. 3513) would ban all body-gripping traps on National Wildlife Refuges. Take action here!

The Captive Primate Safety Act (H.R. 2856/S.1463) would prohibit the interstate commerce of primates in the exotic "pet" trade. Urge your U.S. representative and senators to co-sponsor this bill!

The Humane Care for Primates Act (H.R. 3556) would amend Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regulations to allow accredited sanctuaries to import primates from abroad. Let your representative know here!

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California Residents: Save the Date for Animal Film Festival in Grass Valley, CA

Published 02/12/14

Animal Film Festival, presented by the non-profit Center for Animal Protection & Education (CAPE), aims to inspire and entertain on topics about animals: wildlife, companion animals, and animals used for food, in research, and in entertainment.

Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Center for the Arts, 314 West Main Street, Grass Valley, CA

Purchase tickets here and learn more about the film fest at www.animalfilmfestival.org.

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