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For Immediate Release: 05/20/09

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

Trenton, NJ —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 May 28 in Trenton, Born Free USA, a plaintiff in the trial, is asking Trenton residents to review the evidence before buying a ticket that supports animal cruelty.

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For Immediate Release: 05/14/09

Senate Committee Extends Lifeline to Primates, Endangered Cats and Dogs

Washington, DC — Born Free USA today congratulated the United States Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee on its passage of S. 529, the Great Cats and Rare Canids Act of 2009, and H.R. 80, the Captive Primate Safety Act. The bills would make vital funds available for conservation projects to save imperiled species of wild felids and canids around the world and impose restrictions on the interstate and international movement of nonhuman primates if they are to be kept as “pets.”

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For Immediate Release: 05/06/09

Embattled circus rolls into Philadelphia

Ringling admits pervasive use of cruel bullhooks and chains on beloved circus elephants

Philadelphia, PA —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 May 13 in Philadelphia, Born Free USA, a plaintiff in the trial, is asking Philadelphia residents to review the evidence before buying a ticket that supports animal cruelty.

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For Immediate Release: 04/28/09

CA animal group takes on powerful Ringling Bros. circus

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.

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For Immediate Release: 04/27/09

Embattled circus rolls into Connecticut

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.

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For Immediate Release: 04/22/09

Congress Extends Lifeline to Endangered Cats and Dogs

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.

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For Immediate Release: 04/16/09

fffashion” the fur free fashion design contest attracts many conscientious designers

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.

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For Immediate Release: 04/06/09

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.

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