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.
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.