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For Immediate Release: 04/03/09

Missouri chimpanzee attacks sparks call for legislation banning nonhuman primates as pets

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.

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For Immediate Release: 03/24/09

Oregon Senate Votes to Ban Dangerous Wild Animals as Pets

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.

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For Immediate Release: 03/16/09

Landmark Elephant Protection Act Passed in Connecticut

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.

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For Immediate Release: 03/05/09

Bill to ban dangerous wild animals as pets presented to Oregon legislators

Portland, OR — The recent chimpanzee attack in Connecticut demonstrates the need to prohibit private possession of wild animals such as primates in Oregon, say The Humane Society of the United States, Born Free USA, and the Oregon Humane Society (OHS). Last month’s incident underscore the public safety and animal welfare issues associated with the private ownership of dangerous wild animals.

The HSUS, Born Free USA, and OHS are supporting S.B. 391, introduced by Senators Mark Hass (D-14) and Brian Boquist (R-23) to prohibit private possession of wild animals in the state, including alligators, monkeys, wolves, lions, tigers, and bears.

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For Immediate Release: 02/24/09

US Congress moves swiftly on legislation to stop “pet” primate trade

Legislators determined to prevent another Travis the chimp tragedy

Washington, DC — Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA) today congratulated the US House of Representatives for its swift passage of the Captive Primate Safety Act (H.R. 80) by an overwhelming vote of 323-95. The bill, sponsored by Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) and championed by Born Free USA and The Humane Society of the United States, prohibits interstate and international movement of nonhuman primates if they are to be kept as “pets.”

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For Immediate Release: 02/19/09

Herpes epidemic leads to calls for immediate ban on elephant breeding and imports in U.S. Zoos

St. Louis, MO — An epidemic of herpes virus in North American zoo elephants has led Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA), a leading non-profit animal protection and conservation organization, to demand an immediate halt to the breeding of captive zoo elephants and an end to elephant imports. Born Free USA’s request comes after Wednesday’s announcement that two elephant calves at the St. Louis Zoo have tested positive for the disease.

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For Immediate Release: 02/17/09

Stamford, CT chimpanzee mauling sparks call for legislation banning nonhuman primates as pets

Stamford, CT — Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA), a national non-profit animal advocacy organization, today sent a letter to Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell urging her to take the necessary steps to ban the keeping of nonhuman primates as pets after a woman was critically mauled by a friend’s chimpanzee on Monday. The chimpanzee, named Travis, was stabbed several times by his owner and finally shot to death by police.

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For Immediate Release: 02/02/09

Ringling Brothers Stands Trial in Federal Court for Elephant Mistreatment

WASHINGTON, DC — Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and its parent company, Feld Entertainment, Inc., will finally stand trial to face charges that the circus mistreats its Asian elephants in violation of the federal Endangered Species Act. The case is more than eight years in the making.

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