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For Immediate Release: 04/21/14

New Report Commissioned by Born Free USA Confirms Organized Crime, Government Corruption, and Militia Links to Elephant Poaching and the Ivory Trade

"Ivory’s Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa” reveals similarity between the illicit networks that enable terrorism, weapons, human trafficking, and ivory commercialization

Washington D.C.-- Today, Born Free USA and C4ADS released “Ivory’s Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa,” one of the most shocking, rigorous and in-depth analyses of elephant poaching and the ivory trade to date. The report examines links to violent militias, organized crime, government corruption, and ivory trade to Asia. It further exposes the widespread transnational illicit participants deeply interwoven into the system that moves ivory. The full report is available at www.bornfreeusa.org/ivoryscurse.

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For Immediate Release: 03/24/14

Swinging for Spring!

Rare video shows 12-year-old snow monkey enjoying some swing time at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Texas; life far from her days as someone's pet

Washington D.C. -- Tamae, a 12-year-old Japanese Macaque living at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley, Texas, was spotted swinging on the first day of spring at her favorite spot on the 186-acre facility, which provides a permanent home for 630 residents—many of whom were rescued from roadside zoos, research facilities, or private possession. The video can be seen at http://youtu.be/C_7g2cbJ4v4.

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For Immediate Release: 03/20/14

Born Free USA Launches "Fur for the Animals" Clothing Drive on First Day of Spring

Animal welfare leader to bring fur out of people's closets; only wild animals should have fur

Washington D.C. -- Today, Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, launched “Fur for the Animals,” a donation drive to collect coats, hats, and other accessories made from animal fur and donate them to wildlife rescue rehabilitation centers across the country. The facilities will use them to provide familiar comfort, warmth, and bedding to injured, young, and sick wildlife in their care. The “Fur for the Animals” drive will run from the first day of spring (March 20, 2014) to May 30, 2014. Items can be dropped off at two Born Free USA offices (Washington, D.C. and Sacramento, CA) or shipped from anywhere around the country.

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For Immediate Release: 02/21/14

Born Free USA to Use World Wildlife Day, March 3, as Platform to Highlight Horrific Wildlife Trade Issue

Washington D.C. -- The United Nations is highlighting the intrinsic values and contributions of wild animals and plants, particularly endangered and protected species, by declaring March 3, 2014 as World Wildlife Day. Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, will use this platform to increase awareness about the deleterious wildlife trade.

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For Immediate Release: 02/20/14

Top Washington D.C. Vegan Bakery Sticky Fingers to Support Born Free USA on World Wildlife Day, March 3

Washington D.C. -- Sticky Fingers, the premiere vegan bakery in Washington D.C. and two-time “Cupcake Wars” winner, has created two special wildlife cupcake designs – a lion and a monkey – to support Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, in conjunction with World Wildlife Day on Monday, March 3, 2014.

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For Immediate Release: 02/13/14

Two Pennsylvania "Pet" Monkeys Rescued from Inhumane Conditions Arrive at Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Texas

National animal welfare and wildlife conservation group needs donations for monkeys' rehabilitation and forever care

Washington, D.C. -- After a Japanese macaque and a vervet monkey were rescued from deplorable conditions as someone's "pets" at a home in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary welcomed the two female primates this week, providing them with a forever home at the 186-acre facility in Dilley, Texas.

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For Immediate Release: 02/12/14

Born Free USA CEO to Speak at DC Independent Film Festival

Wildlife trafficking expert Adam Roberts to speak out about wildlife crime documentary

Washington D.C.-- Adam Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, has been invited to join a panel at the upcoming D.C. Independent Film Festival (DCIFF). The event will take place on Sunday, February 23, immediately following the screening of the east coast premiere of the powerful film Ofir - A Wildlife Crime Documentary. The screening is at 12:15pm at the U.S. Naval Heritage Center and runs 58 minutes. The panel discussion is from 1:30pm to 2:15pm. Tickets are $12 in advance or are available at the door.

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For Immediate Release: 02/03/14

Adam Roberts Named CEO of Born Free USA

Washington D.C. -- Adam Roberts has been named CEO of Born Free USA today. The announcement was made by Will Travers, departing CEO of Born Free USA, and Prashant K. Khetan, Chairman of the Board of Directors. Travers will remain on the organization’s Board of Directors and will remain an active consultant.

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