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For Immediate Release: 08/13/09

Former Esther’s Follies star says circus cruelty is no laughing matter

Shocking undercover video bolsters lawsuit against Ringling Brothers Circus for elephant abuse

Austin, TX — As Ringling Bros. circus prepares to open in Austin, new undercover video of its handlers beating elephants with bullhooks is spreading like wildfire on the Internet and in the media. Born Free USA, a plaintiff in the federal trial against Ringling Bros., points to this investigation as further evidence that Ringling Bros. circus is violating the Endangered Species Act by abusing Asian elephants.

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For Immediate Release: 08/12/09

Conservationists slam decision to allow Mirage hotel dolphin import

Born Free USA, Jean-Michel Cousteau, World Society for Protection of Animals oppose adding dolphins to Mirage “death pool”

Las Vegas, NV — Despite opposition by Born Free USA, the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), and renowned marine researcher, educator and environmentalist, Jean-Michel Cousteau, the National Marine Fisheries Service has approved a permit for two bottlenose dolphins to be imported to the Mirage hotel from the Bahamas.

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For Immediate Release: 08/06/09

Former Oakland Raider joins local group against Ringling cruelty

Shocking undercover video bolsters Sacramento group’s elephant abuse lawsuit

Oakland, CA — As Ringling Bros. circus prepares to open in Oakland, new undercover video of its handlers beating elephants with bullhooks is spreading like wildfire on the Internet and in the media. California-based non-profit Born Free USA, a plaintiff in the federal trial against Ringling Bros., points to this investigation as further evidence that Ringling Bros. circus is violating the Endangered Species Act by abusing Asian elephants.

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For Immediate Release: 08/06/09

Shocking undercover video bolsters Ringling elephant abuse lawsuit

Fort Worth, TX — As Ringling Bros. circus prepares to open in Fort Worth, new undercover video of its handlers beating elephants with bullhooks is spreading like wildfire on the Internet and in the media. National wildlife advocacy non-profit Born Free USA, a plaintiff in the federal trial against Ringling Bros., points to this investigation as further evidence that Ringling Bros. circus is violating the Endangered Species Act by abusing Asian elephants.

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For Immediate Release: 07/31/09

Arizona Congressman goes to bat for bears

Washington, DC — National wildlife advocacy groups Born Free USA and The Humane Society of the United States today praised Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva on the introduction of the Bear Protection Act of 2009. The legislation would prohibit the trade in bear gallbladders and bear bile, which are highly sought after in the black market wildlife trade.

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For Immediate Release: 07/31/09

California Congressman goes to bat for bears

Washington, DC — National wildlife advocacy groups Born Free USA and The Humane Society of the United States today praised California Congressman John Campbell on the introduction of the Bear Protection Act of 2009. The legislation would prohibit the trade in bear gallbladders and bear bile, which are highly sought after in the black market wildlife trade.

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For Immediate Release: 07/30/09

Shocking undercover video bolsters CA group’s elephant abuse lawsuit

San Diego, CA — As Ringling Bros. circus prepares to open in San Diego, new undercover video of its handlers beating elephants with bullhooks is spreading like wildfire on the Internet and in the media. California-based non-profit Born Free USA, a plaintiff in the federal trial against Ringling Bros., points to this investigation as further evidence that Ringling Bros. circus is violating the Endangered Species Act by abusing Asian elephants.

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For Immediate Release: 07/22/09

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

Dallas, 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 29 in Dallas, Born Free USA, a plaintiff in the trial, is asking Dallas residents to review the evidence before buying a ticket that supports animal cruelty.

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