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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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For Immediate Release: 10/17/11

Born Free USA Presents Northern California’s Only Showing of Award-Winning Film One Lucky Elephant

Film Writer/Producer Collisimo, Born Free CEO Travers to Speak At One-Night-Only Screening Oct. 25

On Tuesday, Oct. 25, Born Free USA will host the only Northern California presentation of the award-winning film “One Lucky Elephant.” The film’s writer and producer, Cristina Colissimo, and Born Free’s chief executive officer, Will Travers, will speak and answer questions about the film and about the sad plight of elephants.

The screening will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Guild Theater, 2828 35th St. in Sacramento.

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For Immediate Release: 10/11/11

Story of Elsa the Lioness Wins at Jackson Hole Film Festival

Born Free USA Co-Founder, Legendary Actress Virginia Mckenna, Featured in Winning Film

“Elsa: The Lioness That Changed the World” (Brian Leith Productions/BBC/WNET) captured the prestigious Conservation Hero prize at the 11th Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Awards last week. In the competitive world of documentaries, the work and legacy of pioneering conservationists George and Joy Adamson won plaudits from judges and the public.

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For Immediate Release: 10/04/11

Pennsylvania Game Commission Ignores Urgent Call from Born Free USA for Action to Protect Wildlife

The Pennsylvania Game Commission, the state’s wildlife management agency, made a unanimous decision in Harrisburg Oct. 4 to disregard a petition brought forth by Born Free USA, a national leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, to amend Pennsylvania’s furbearer trapping regulations.

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For Immediate Release: 09/28/11

Baboon Update

New Name, New Home, New Friends, and a Great Outlook for a Baboon Once Kept In a Wisconsin Basement Laundry Room

The 3-year-old baboon who was surrendered to Dane County (WI) Animal Services this summer and cared for temporarily by the Dane County Humane Society after living in a basement laundry room is doing “great” at his new, permanent home at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley, Texas. In August, the olive baboon joined 13 other baboons in a 2.5-acre enclosure at the 186-acre sanctuary, home to 532 primates, many of whom were rescued from laboratories, roadside zoos and private possession.

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For Immediate Release: 09/13/11

Winners of 3rd Annual Fur Free Fashion (fffashion) Competition Announced by Born Free USA and Celebrity Judges

Emerging Design Stars from Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina and China Selected

Born Free USA’s third annual fffashion competition attracted emerging designers from around the globe who believe in the benefits of shunning fur, protecting animals and the environment, and embracing the green fashion movement. Winners of the competition were announced Aug. 8 by Born Free USA’s chief executive officer, Will Travers, after celebrity judging panelists made their final decision.

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For Immediate Release: 09/07/11

Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary Provides Permanent Home for “Monkey” a Baboon Once Kept in Wisconsin Basement

The 3-year-old baboon who was surrendered to Dane County Wisconsin Animal Services in August after living in a basement laundry room arrived last week safe and sound at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley, Texas, from his temporary home at the Dane County Humane Society. The Olive baboon named Monkey joins 13 other baboons in a 2.5-acre enclosure at the 186-acre sanctuary, home to 532 primates, many of whom were rescued from laboratories, roadside zoos and private possession.

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