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For Immediate Release: 07/06/09

Philadelphia Elephant Move: Animal Protection Organizations Unite to Oppose Sending Elephants to Inhumane Pittsburgh Zoo Facility

Cruel Elephant Management Practices, Risky Breeding and Lack of Permanent Home in Store for Philly Elephants, Experts Say

Philadelphia, PA — Three leading animal protection organizations — Born Free USA, People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA), and In Defense of Animals (IDA) — are joining forces to oppose the pending move of two African elephants, Kallie and Bette, from the Philadelphia Zoo to the Pittsburgh Zoo’s animal holding and breeding facility in Somerset County Pennsylvania.

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For Immediate Release: 07/06/09

Animal Protection Groups Petition Federal Government to Regulate Dolphin Petting Pools

Plymouth, MA — WDCS, The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, and its partners today filed a Petition for Rulemaking with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to put a stop to the unnecessary exploitation of dolphins in amusement parks by prohibiting dolphin attractions known as “petting pools,” where members of the public can touch and feed dolphins for a nominal fee.

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For Immediate Release: 07/02/09

Child’s death in python’s grip renews call for ban on private ownership of dangerous reptiles

Oxford, FL — Born Free USA, a leading national wildlife advocacy organization, is calling on Florida legislators to immediately ban the ownership of dangerous reptiles after a 2-year-old girl was killed by a python kept as a pet in Sumter County. According to media reports, the illegally-kept 12-foot Burmese python broke out of its cage and strangled the girl in her bedroom.

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For Immediate Release: 07/01/09

Hollywood star tells Californians to skip the circus

Embattled Ringling Bros. rolls into California, shackled by evidence of elephant abuse

Los Angeles, CA — The recent federal trial of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus (Ringling) revealed shocking evidence of routine mistreatment of elephants in the circus. As the circus prepares to open July 8 in Los Angeles, plaintiff Born Free USA and Hollywood star Corey Feldman are asking California residents to review the evidence before buying a ticket to Ringling Bros. circus engagements across the state.

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For Immediate Release: 07/01/09

Oregon Governor Signs Bill to Ban Exotic Pets

Salem, OR — Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, and the Oregon Humane Society (OHS) today applauded Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski for signing legislation to prohibit possession of wild animals as pets.

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For Immediate Release: 07/01/09

Circus comes to Corpus Christi scarred by trial evidence of cruel bullhook and chain use on beloved circus elephants

Corpus Christi, TX — The recent federal trial of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus (Ringling) revealed shocking evidence of routine mistreatment of elephants in the circus. As the circus prepares to open July 8 in Corpus Christi, Born Free USA, a plaintiff in the trial, is asking Corpus Christi residents to review the evidence before buying a ticket that supports animal cruelty.

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For Immediate Release: 06/29/09

Court-Ordered Settlement Restores Endangered Species Act Protections to Great Lakes Wolves

Washington, DC — In a victory for the gray wolf, a coalition of wolf advocates led by The Humane Society of the United States has reached a settlement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore federal Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in the Great Lakes region, including the states of Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

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For Immediate Release: 06/24/09

Big Country, Small World

California children’s book author and Boston printing company founder share passion for conservation and Indonesia.

Boston, MA — Six years ago while traveling in Indonesia, Monica Engebretson, who works with the wildlife advocacy and conservation group Born Free USA, aided in the release of a wild-caught parrot — a rainbow lorikeet — that had been chained to a perch for over a year (a common practice in Indonesia). Monica was so touched by the experience, she wrote a children’s book manuscript based on it. After shopping the manuscript around for several years, the project received funding and support from several animal welfare and conservation organizations and the book, Lucky, was self-published to rave reviews.

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