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For Immediate Release: 07/24/14

Born Free USA Applauds Governor Patrick Signing Shark Fin Bill in Massachusetts

Bill will prohibit the trade of most shark fins

Washington, D.C. -- Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, commends Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick for signing H. 4088. Sponsored by state Representative Jason Lewis, this bill is an important step toward reducing the shark fin trade that devastates shark populations worldwide.

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For Immediate Release: 07/23/14

Born Free USA Applauds Government Action to Protect Elephants from Zimbabwe Hunting Industry

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Born Free USA applauded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to maintain the suspension of elephant trophy imports from Zimbabwe. African elephants are being slaughtered at a rate of between 35,000 and 50,000 per year across the continent, and Born Free USA believes that all elephant killing must stop.

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For Immediate Release: 07/21/14

Born Free USA Collects More Than 100 Furs for Animals in Need

“Fur for the Animals” clothing drive wrapped orphaned wildlife in fur

Washington, D.C. -- Last week, Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, wrapped up its Fur for the Animals donation drive for coats, hats, and other accessories made from animal fur. The collected items were donated to orphaned wildlife at rescue and rehabilitation centers across the country to provide familiar comfort, warmth, and bedding to injured young wild animals in their care. The Fur for the Animals drive ran from the first day of spring (March 20, 2014) to June 30, 2014.

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For Immediate Release: 07/11/14

Charla Nash, Born Free USA, Humane Society of the United States Speak out on Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C. -- Charla Nash, Born Free USA, and The Humane Society of the United States met with members of Congress yesterday to advocate for the passage of the Captive Primate Safety Act (H.R. 2856/S. 1463). If passed, the Captive Primate Safety Act will ban the interstate commerce of monkeys, apes and other primates for the exotic pet trade.

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For Immediate Release: 07/09/14

Born Free Cheetahs Grab World Cup Action

Washington, D.C. -- In celebration of the World Cup, Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation released a video today on YouTube featuring nine rescued cheetah cubs playing soccer with their newly acquired Boomer Balls (donated by Wolters Kluwer). Filmed at Born Free’s Ensessakoteh Wildlife Rescue, Conservation and Education Centre in Ethiopia, the game allows the cheetah residents the opportunity to stretch their legs, learn some essential survival skills, and have fun.

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For Immediate Release: 06/30/14

Born Free Launches Global Campaign to Keep Cheetahs Off Chains

International animal welfare charity rescues another cheetah from pet trade while calling for action to stop cheetah poaching

Washington, D.C. -– Today, Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, global leaders in wildlife conservation and animal welfare, called on international leaders to act swiftly to save the cheetah, in advance of the Meeting of the Standing Committee to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Born Free will have a delegation in Geneva, Switzerland July 7 to July 11, 2014, when CITES delegates will meet to discuss the illegal trade in cheetahs and the threats facing the species.

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For Immediate Release: 06/25/14

Pressure Mounts to Protect Wildlife in Trade at Upcoming International Wildlife Meeting

Born Free USA CEO weighs in on CITES meeting July 7 to 11

Washington, D.C. -- Citizens from all 180 nations represented at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) will monitor the upcoming deliberations of the CITES Standing Committee in Geneva (July 7 to 11, 2014) where decision-makers and politicians will meet to debate the future of some of the planet’s most threatened species.

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For Immediate Release: 06/16/14

Born Free USA Applauds New Jersey Legislature for Passing Historic Ban on Ivory and Rhino Horn Trade

S. 2012/A. 3128 will prohibit sale of ivory and rhino horn

Washington, D.C. -- Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, commends the New Jersey legislature for passing S. 2012/A. 3128. Introduced by Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-20) and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33), the bill seeks to eliminate the trade in ivory and rhinoceros horn. Illegal trafficking of these wildlife products is directly responsible for shocking declines in wild populations in recent years, and this bill is a crucial step toward reducing the target market.

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