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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Los Angeles, CA — Instead of listening to a legion of world experts on elephants with hundreds of years of combined experience and expertise, 11 Members of the Los Angeles City Council decided today that they would cling to the vague promises of LA Zoo authorities and continue the controversial and meager Pachyderm Forest (now to be completed at a staggering cost of $42 million).
Animal advocates accuse circus of cruelty to elephants
TAMPA, FL — As Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey circus prepares for the January 7 opening of its new show in Tampa, Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA) is preparing for a landmark legal showdown against the circus giant, which stands accused of abusing endangered Asian elephants in violation of federal law.
Born Free USA Calls for Immediate Zoo Reform
Washington, DC — Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA), a national leader in wildlife conservation and animal advocacy, today called for an end to the keeping of elephants in American zoos, following publication of two new scientific reports that reveal shocking data on the poor welfare of elephants in captivity.