Federal trial exposes pervasive use of bullhooks and chains on beloved circus elephants
Sacramento, CA — Sacramento-based Born Free USA (formerly the Animal Protection Institute), a plaintiff in the federal lawsuit against Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Ringling Bros.) for its abuse of endangered Asian elephants, today revealed startling details uncovered during the trial.
Ringling admits pervasive use of cruel bullhooks and chains on beloved circus elephants
Hartford, CT — The recent federal trial of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus (Ringling) revealed shocking evidence of routine mistreatment of elephants in the circus. This evidence directly supports the need for legislation in Connecticut to stop the use of cruel bullhooks and the chaining of elephants in the state.
House Vote Could Save Species from Extinction
Washington, DC — Born Free USA today congratulated the United States House of Representatives on its passage of H.R. 411, the Great Cats and Rare Canids Act of 2009. The bill, which passed by an overwhelming vote of 290-118, would make vital funds available for conservation projects to save imperiled species of wild felids and canids around the world.
Best new fur-free fashions and contest winners to be unveiled in September 2009
Sacramento, CA — Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA) and leading environmental publication, E Magazine will unveil the results of “fffashion,” the fur-free fashion design competition this September. fffashion’s goal is to promote the ethical and environmental benefits of foregoing fur fashions while creating an opportunity for independent designers to showcase their talent for a worthy cause.
Wildlife Protection Groups to Challenge Removal of Great Lakes Wolf Population from the Endangered Species Act
Washington, DC – A coalition of wildlife protection groups — including The Humane Society of the United States, the Center for Biological Diversity, Help Our Wolves Live, Friends of Animals and Their Environment, and Born Free USA — announced today that they will challenge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s recent decision to remove the protections of the Endangered Species Act from gray wolves living in the western Great Lakes region. The Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision reinstates a Bush administration policy that has been repeatedly struck down by the courts over the last decade.
Winston, MO — Born Free USA, a national non-profit wildlife conservation organization, today sent a letter to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon urging him to take the necessary steps to ban the keeping of nonhuman primates as pets after a police officer was forced Monday to shoot to death an escaped chimpanzee. The chimpanzee, a 9 year-old male named Timmy, was shot to death after reportedly opening the door of the police car and attempting to attack the officer.
Salem, OR — Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States and Oregon Humane Society applaud the Oregon state Senate for passing S.B. 391 by a vote of 28 to 2 to prohibit private possession of wild animals in the state, including alligators, monkeys, lions, tigers, and bears. Both chief sponsors, Sens. Mark Hass, D-14, and Brian Boquist, R-23, carried the bill on the Senate floor today.
Committee acts after circus CEO admits in court that elephants are struck with bullhooks
Hartford, CT — The Joint Environment Committee of Connecticut’s General Assembly passed HB 6555, a bill to protect elephants from abusive use of cruel and inhumane devices such as bullhooks and chains. The bill was introduced by Representative Diana Urban (D-North Stonington), and is supported by national animal advocacy group Born Free USA and a consortium of concerned Connecticut citizens.