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For Immediate Release: 12/22/11

Austrian Decision Forces U.K. Government’s Hand on Future Use of Wild Animals in Circuses

From the Born Free Foundation:

A landmark judgement by the Austrian Constitutional Court in Vienna on Dec. 21 to reject a challenge by Germany’s Circus Krone to Austria’s decision to ban the use of wild animals in circuses could, at last, bring an end to this controversial and widely rejected form of animal exploitation in England.

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For Immediate Release: 12/13/11

Following Zanesville, OH, Exotic Animal Tragedy and Ongoing Epidemic of Dangerous Exotics as ‘Pets,’ Born Free USA Urges Pennsylvania Lawmakers to Ban Private Possession of Crocodilians

With no restrictions or oversight on the private possession of dangerous crocodilians (alligators, crocodiles, caimans and gavials), Pennsylvania has become a popular safe haven for owners of crocodilians, an activity that would be prohibited in other states. In the aftermath of October’s Zanesville, Ohio exotics animal tragedy, and at the urging of Born Free USA, state Representative Mike Carroll (D-118) has introduced House Bill 2063, an initiative aimed at banning the private possession of crocodilians in Pennsylvania.

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For Immediate Release: 11/28/11

Be Fashionable — and Compassionate — This Holiday Shopping Season

Born Free USA Offers Shopping Tips That Can Help Wild Animals and the Environment

The 2011 holiday shopping season is a time for consumers to make ethical purchasing decisions that can have a greater impact for animals and the environment. Born Free USA, a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, is encouraging consumers to be extra wise this holiday season and to make informed decisions when they spend their holiday dollars.

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For Immediate Release: 11/21/11

Born Free USA to Save 113 Monkeys from Bankrupt Sanctuary

Texas Court OKs Request to Transfer 112 Macaques and One Baboon, Marking One of the Largest Single Macaque Rescues in U.S. History

On Nov. 21, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division, ruled in favor of the transfer of 113 animals — 112 macaques and one baboon — from the now defunct Wild Animal Orphanage (WAO) in San Antonio, Texas, to The Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley, Texas. This is thought to be one of the largest rescues of macaques in history.

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For Immediate Release: 11/21/11

Born Free USA Chooses Most Compassionate Pet Supply Store in the Country

Mounds Pet Warehouse in Sun Prairie, WI, Wins National Contest

The winner of the first Born Free USA Compassionate Pet Supply Store Contest is Mounds Pet Warehouse in Sun Prairie, WI. The contest asked consumers to nominate stores and then vote online for the most compassionate pet supply store.

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For Immediate Release: 11/14/11

New Mexican Public Overwhelmingly Opposed to Traps on Public Lands

Panel Issues Preliminary Findings

The People's Forum Panel on Public Lands Trapping in New Mexico issued an online survey, for the period Oct. 5 to Nov. 5, intended to engage all members of the public on the issue of trapping. More than 2,400 citizens took the survey and the results showed that 90 percent were opposed to public lands trapping.

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For Immediate Release: 10/21/11

Born Free USA Ready to Work with Ohio Governor, Offers Model Legislation on Exotic Pet Ownership Following Today’s Executive Order

In the wake of this week’s Zanesville, OH, wild animal tragedy, today Ohio Gov. John Kasich issued Executive Order 2011-20K, which makes commitments that include working with local humane societies, law enforcement and public officials to approach the issue of regulating ownership of private exotics; rigorously reviewing existing native wild animal permits and auctions; shutting down unlicensed auctions; and confiscating and re-homing exotic animals who have been abused or are kept in substandard conditions.

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For Immediate Release: 10/19/11

Born Free USA Says Wild Animal Incident in Ohio Spotlights the Tragedy and Danger of Keeping Wild Animals in Captivity

Exotic Animal Incidents Online Database Highlights National Epidemic

Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation — and a force in working to keep wildlife in the wild — says Tuesday’s incident in Ohio is devastating for the animals and the public. This morning police are still trying to chase down frightened and confused wild animals, including bears, wolves and tigers, who have escaped from a “private preserve” in Zanesville, Ohio.

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