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For Immediate Release: 06/10/09

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

Mobile, AL — 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 June 18 in Mobile, Born Free USA, a plaintiff in the trial, is asking Mobile residents to review the evidence before buying a ticket that supports animal cruelty.

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For Immediate Release: 06/09/09

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

Las Vegas, NV — 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 June 18 in Las Vegas, Born Free USA, a plaintiff in the trial, is asking Las Vegas residents to review the evidence before buying a ticket that supports animal cruelty.

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For Immediate Release: 06/05/09

Battle over Mirage hotel dolphin import permit heats up

Update on Jan. 27, 2011: Tell top officials at The Mirage and MGM Resorts that their deadly dolphin pool should be shut down.

Las Vegas, NV — In light of yesterday’s death of yet another dolphin at the Mirage hotel’s dolphin “habitat,” Born Free USA is calling on the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to deny the hotel’s request to import additional dolphins into the country.

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For Immediate Release: 06/04/09

CT exotics laws tightened after chimpanzee mauling

Governor urged to sign legislation

Hartford, CT — Born Free USA, a national non-profit animal advocacy organization, today congratulated Connecticut legislators on tightening exotic animal ownership restrictions to include Great apes. Born Free USA has been working with legislators since February 2009, when a woman was critically mauled by a friend’s chimpanzee. 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: 06/03/09

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

Colorado Springs, CO — 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 June 11 in Colorado Springs, Born Free USA, a plaintiff in the trial, is asking Colorado Springs residents to review the evidence before buying a ticket that supports animal cruelty.

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For Immediate Release: 06/01/09

Born Free USA joined by GG2G and CHANCEtoGIVE to launch "Keep Wildlife in the Wild Week"

National — Leading national animal advocacy group Born Free USA today announced its inaugural Keep Wildlife in the Wild Week. “Americans are aware of the myriad challenges facing wildlife,” noted Born Free USA CEO Will Travers, “and Keep Wildlife in the Wild Week is about taking this awareness to the next level with compassion, commitment, and action.”

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For Immediate Release: 05/27/09

Ohio mountain lion mauling renews call for ban on private ownership of dangerous exotic animals

Lisbon, OH — Born Free USA, a leading national wildlife advocacy organization, is calling on Ohio legislators to immediately ban the ownership of dangerous exotic animals after a 10-year-old girl was mauled by a mountain lion kept as a pet in Columbiana County. According to media reports, the victim was airlifted to a Pittsburgh hospital. This is just one of many serious incidents involving injury by exotic animals in Ohio in recent years.

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For Immediate Release: 05/26/09

Animal Welfare Organizations Urge Oregon House of Representatives to Pass Exotic Pet Bill

Bill passes House Committee

Salem, OR — Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, and the Oregon Humane Society (OHS) applaud the Oregon House Environment and Water Committee for passing S.B. 391 by a vote of 5 to 3 to prohibit dangerous wild animals as pets.

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