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.
As Trapping Season Comes to a Close, Born Free USA Reports Possible Record High in Non-Targeted Animals Being Crushed
Millions of fur-bearing animals are barbarically killed each year in body-crushing traps set for recreational and commercial purposes, fueling a highly unregulated industry that dates back to the 1600s. Born Free USA, a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, estimates that in addition to those animals, there are hundreds of thousands of non-targeted animals who are the unintended victims of these traps.
Born Free USA Leads Historic Initiative Restricting Private Possession of Dangerous Exotic Animals in West Virginia
West Virginia is one of only eight states left (the others being Alabama, Idaho, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and Wisconsin) lacking any restriction or oversight for the private possession of exotic animals. Born Free USA, a recognized leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, is working to put an end to the epidemic of exotic animals as “pets” in this country.
The Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary has agreed to rescue an abused macaque found living in horrendous conditions at the Collins Zoo in Collins, MS, after an undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States revealed serious animal welfare issues and public safety concerns at the facility. Born Free USA is working with HSUS to coordinate the safe transfer of the animal tonight from Collins to the sanctuary in Dilley, Texas.
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. Throughout the U.S. mainland, bears are killed for their gallbladders and bile. Hawaii is one of the few states that still allow trade of bear gallbladders. Although Hawaii lacks a wild bear population, this allowance — and the state’s location &mdash, could encourage bear poaching globally, compromises bans already in place on the mainland, and puts bears everywhere at risk.
Independent fashion designers are invited to enter their fur free fashions in the fourth annual Born Free USA fffashion competition for a chance to win prizes, significantly boost their fashion career, be featured in a national magazine, and help promote the ethical and environmental benefits of fur free fashion.
Vermont Is One of Only Six States Left With Largely Unrestricted Sale of Bear Gallbladders
Throughout the United States, bears are killed for their gallbladders and bile. Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, is urging Vermont lawmakers to join the majority of states in the country that prohibit the trade in bear gallbladders. Vermont is one of only six states (Maine, Rhode Island, New York, Wyoming and Idaho) that freely allow the trade, which encourages bear poaching, puts bears everywhere at risk, and compromises bans already in place in neighboring states.
Born Free USA applauds the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for publishing a new rule eliminating a shocking regulation that exempted captive-bred African antelopes (scimitar-horned oryx, addax, and dama gazelles) listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) from ESA protections (“Antelope Rule”).