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Take Action: End the Suffering at Maryland Renaissance Festival

Published 07/02/14

For several years, the Maryland Renaissance Festival has offered rides on captive exotic animals, with no thought to the suffering these animals endure. In 2013, in a tragic display of exploitation, two elephants and two camels were paraded around a tiny space with fair-goers on their backs. We need your help to pressure them into ending this abuse, once and for all.

Please call the Maryland Renaissance Festival to politely urge them to end this exhibit, and then follow up by sending an email (and customize it for extra impact). The festival needs to hear that compassionate citizens will no longer attend while this exploitation continues!

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New York Residents: Speak Up Now to Help Elephants, Rhinos, and Big Cats!

Published 06/26/14

The New York legislature has passed two crucial animal welfare bills this year, and we need your help to get them across the finish line!

A. 10143/S. 7890, introduced by Assemblyman Sweeney and Senators Lanza and Avella, addresses the escalating elephant and rhino poaching crisis. This bill would restrict the sale of ivory and rhino horn in the state.

Meanwhile, A. 9004/S. 6903, introduced by Assemblywoman Rosenthal and Senator Avella, prohibits public contact with big cats.

Both of these bills have passed the legislature and are now on Governor Cuomo’s desk. Please ask him to sign these crucial bills into law, and help save these intelligent, remarkable animals.

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Online Auction Opens Today! Wonderful Items that Benefit Animals.

Published 06/23/14

Let the bidding begin! Born Free USA’s Keep Wildlife in the Wild auction is now open, and will run through June 30 at 5:00pm EST. All proceeds from the auction will benefit Born Free USA’s life-saving work to help protect wild animals.

Check out some of our amazing items, including guitars signed by classic rock legends like Foreigner, Survivor, Kansas, and Don Felder of the Eagles; eco and animal-friendly items like personalized pet photo candles from Wicks for Wags; and much, much more!

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New Jersey Residents: Tell Governor Christie to Save Elephants and Rhinos!

Published 06/20/14

The elephant poaching crisis in Africa has become increasingly severe over the past several years. Fortunately, two champions for wildlife, Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-20) and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33), sponsored a bill (S. 2012) that would prohibit the sale of ivory and rhino horn in New Jersey—with no exceptions. This bill is a crucial step toward reducing the target market for these products in the U.S., because the port of Newark is a hub for the illegal wildlife trade.

S. 2012 passed the legislature this past Monday by a near-unanimous vote, and is now on Governor Christie’s desk. Please ask him to sign this crucial bill into law.

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Are You a Winner for Animals?

Published 06/19/14

Please join us for Born Free USA’s Keep Wildlife in the Wild online auction from June 23 - June 30! We have some wonderful items to share with you this year: tropical vacation getaways, film festival passes, signed guitars... and much, much more! All proceeds from the auction benefit Born Free USA’s programs to help protect wild animals.

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DC Area Residents: Reminder: Dine Out at Great Sage THIS SUNDAY to Benefit Wildlife

Published 06/17/14

This is a reminder to join us for gourmet vegan cuisine this Sunday, June 22 to benefit wildlife! Great Sage, an organic vegan restaurant in Clarksville, Maryland is hosting an all-day fundraiser in which 10% of the check from your meal will support Born Free USA.

WHAT: Dine at Great Sage to benefit Born Free USA

WHEN: This Sunday, June 22 from 10:00am to 9:00pm

WHERE: 5809 Clarksville Square Dr., Clarksville, MD 21029

Reservations recommended for parties of 5 or more. Call (443) 535-9400 to reserve your table. Hope to see you there!

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Be a Voice for Captive Zoo Animals!

Published 06/12/14

The captivity industry has dubbed June as National Zoo and Aquarium Month: a self-congratulatory month-long promotion that encourages the keeping of wild animals in captivity.

Zoos can be miserable places for animals to spend their lives... but you have the power to help. Through our Zoo Check campaign, you can print out our Zoo Check form, visit your local zoo, record your observations of the caged animals' living conditions, and return the completed form to us. The more information we compile, the more ammunition we have to pursue sensible and humane zoo reform.

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Maine Residents: Unfair for Maine's Bears! Act Now.

Published 06/10/14

In February, Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting submitted a petition to add a ballot question that could end the cruel and unsporting practices of baiting, hounding, and trapping bears.

However, the Secretary of State’s office has now proposed language for the ballot question that is unclear to voters. This language is confusing and could mislead voters to believe that the measure would ban all bear hunting, when it only bans three specific and particularly merciless tactics.

A public comment period on the proposed language is open until next Monday, June 16, and we need you to write to the Secretary of State requesting a fair ballot question in November.

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