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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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For Immediate Release: 02/29/12

Congressman McKeon and Congresswoman Sanchez Introduce Bipartisan "Big Cats and Public Safety Protection" Act

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-CA) and Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) introduced the "Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act." Unfortunately, an alarming number of wild cats have been bred and sold as domestic pets in the U.S. This trend threatens public safety and often results in the mistreatment of these animals. Just recently, the tragic events in Zanesville, Ohio, where 49 wild animals were killed after they were let loose on an unlicensed wild animal preserve, showcases the dangerous implications of this trend. Currently, only nine states have laws enforcing "no wild animals permitted," and the remaining states have weak or no laws in existence. This bi-partisan bill will ensure that lions, tigers and other dangerous big cats, do not threaten public safety, diminish global big cat conservation efforts, or end up living in horrible conditions where they can be subject to mistreatment and cruelty.

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For Immediate Release: 02/22/12

Major Step in Hawaii on Born Free USA Initiative to Protect Bears from Global Trade

Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, is urging Hawaii lawmakers to join the majority of U.S. states that fully prohibit the trade in bear gallbladders. On Tuesday, Feb. 21, House Bill 2296 passed the House Judiciary Committee with a unanimous vote (14 yes, 0 no, 1 absent). On Feb. 10, Senate Bill 2232 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with a unanimous vote (3-0-2).
Both bills now head to the floor of each chamber.

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