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For Immediate Release: 04/24/12

Born Free USA Initiative in Hawaii to Prohibit Commercial Trade in Bear Parts

Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, is urging Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie to sign House Bill 2296, sponsored by state Representative Jessica Wooley (D-Laie, Hauula, Kahaluu and Kaneoh), that would protect bears on the mainland and abroad by prohibiting the commercial trade in bear gallbladders and bile in Hawaii. The initiative, which was also championed in the Senate by Judiciary Chairman Clayton Hee (D-Kahuku, La'ie, Ka'a'awa and Kane'ohe), passed its final floor reading in the Hawaii Legislature on April 23, 2012.

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For Immediate Release: 04/24/12

Born Free USA Offers Reward for Information in Brutal, Illegal Washington, DC, Trapping Case

Born Free USA, a national leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for setting an illegal leghold trap in the Cleveland Park area of Washington, DC, that resulted in a raccoon suffering tremendously and losing his life. The reward is being added to an existing $1,000 reward being offered by the Washington Humane Society (WHS) who uncovered this horrific case.

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For Immediate Release: 04/16/12

Crushed Family Cat Is Latest Reported Trapping Victim

Born Free USA, a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, estimates that for every targeted animal trapped by commercial and recreational trappers across the United States, an estimated two non-targeted animals are caught — often family cats and dogs. Such traps are set to fuel the cruel fur industry, while others are set by those who mistakenly believe a trap can solve a wildlife “nuisance” situation.

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For Immediate Release: 04/05/12

Earth Day Message: Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Born Free USA is calling on public leaders on Earth Day, April 22, to protect the environment from a problem of increasing magnitude: the private ownership of exotic animals. As a national leader on animal protection and wildlife conservation, Born Free USA is working to halt the epidemic of wild animals as “pets” and the deep impact keeping wildlife in captivity has on conservation by spearheading efforts to preserve wildlife’s rightful place in the wild.

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For Immediate Release: 04/05/12

Downtown Sacramento Gets Wild New Landmark

The neighborhood just got a bit more wild. Local painter and mural artist Alex “Cabron” Forster is working on a new mural entitled “El Tigre” on a 17-foot-by-85-foot exterior wall at the office of Born Free USA on the corner of S and 12th streets in downtown Sacramento. The original, dramatic image of a tiger’s face looking between the bars of a cage was created by Cabron exclusively for Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation.

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For Immediate Release: 03/30/12

Bill Introduced in U.S. House to End Trade in Primates as ‘Pets’

Born Free USA, the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund commend U.S. Reps. Michael Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., for introducing H.R. 4306, the Captive Primate Safety Act, which amends the Lacey Act to prohibit interstate commerce in monkeys, apes and other nonhuman primates for the exotic pet trade.

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For Immediate Release: 03/06/12

Born Free USA Leads Urgent Initiative in Connecticut to Protect Children and Animals from Leghold Traps

Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, is urging Connecticut lawmakers to pass legislation addressing the use of barbaric leghold traps, especially in areas frequented by children and families’ animal companions. Leghold traps are freely allowed in Connecticut, with the only requirements being that they are padded when set on land and that they are set 100 feet away from buildings located on some private lands.

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For Immediate Release: 03/01/12

Sharon and Kelly Osbourne to Judge Born Free USA's Fourth Annual Fashion Competition for Animal-Friendly Designers

Washington D.C., March 1, 2012 - - Television personality, talk show host, manager, producer, author and philanthropist Sharon Osbourne and her daughter, singer, actress and fashion designer Kelly Osbourne have signed on today to serve as judges for the fourth annual Born Free USA fffashion Competition.

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