State-Sponsored Wolf Hunting and Trapping Programs Blocked in Great Lakes Region
Washington, DC — In a victory for the gray wolf, a federal court today overturned the federal government’s controversial decision to strip wolves of all protection under the federal Endangered Species Act and turn management over to the states of Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The ruling comes in response to a lawsuit filed by The Humane Society of the United States, Help Our Wolves Live, Born Free USA, and Friends of Animals and Their Environment.
Mexico City — In a shocking incident that underscores the serious danger inherent in wild animal circuses, Indra, an elephant with “Circo Union” circus, escaped onto a highway and was struck and killed by a bus earlier this week. The bus driver also perished and a number of passengers were reported injured.
Sacramento group faces off with circus in Federal court on Oct. 20
Stockton, CA — As Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus prepares to open in Stockton, Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA) embarks on a landmark legal showdown against the circus giant, which stands accused of abusing endangered Asian elephants in violation of Federal law. The group, along with local volunteers, will also be protesting outside the Stockton arena on the circus’s opening night, September 18.
Sacramento group faces off with circus in Federal court on October 20
Sacramento, CA — As Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus prepares to open in Sacramento, Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA) embarks on a landmark legal showdown against the circus giant, which stands accused of abusing endangered Asian elephants in violation of Federal law.
Born Free USA urges Dallas Zoo to send her to Sanctuary
Dallas, TX — After weeks of protest, the Dallas Zoo has succumbed to substantial public pressure and decided to keep Jenny, its only elephant, in Dallas, rather than shipping her to a drive-through tourist attraction in Mexico. Although sending her to Mexico clearly would not have been in Jenny’s best interest, Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA) is joining other national and local animal advocacy groups in urging Zoo officials to send her to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, where she will receive the highest standard of humane care.
Missouri tiger maulings illustrate need for legislation banning dangerous wild animals in private hands
Springfield, MO — Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA), a national animal advocacy organization, is calling on the Missouri legislature to ban the keeping of inherently dangerous wild animals as “pets” after two separate incidents in as many days involving tigers. In the first, a tiger escaped his enclosure and mauled a volunteer at Wesa-A-Geh-Ya, a roadside zoo in Warrenton that has previously been under investigation for improper care of animals and public safety concerns. And, on Monday, a 16-year-old employee at Predator World in Branson, which has also been under investigation by authorities, was attacked by three tigers.
Group offers Sanctuary home to biting monkey
Columbia, MO — Born Free USA, a national animal advocacy organization, today sent a letter to the Columbia city council calling on officials to ban the ownership of wild and exotic animals in the city. This request follows reports of a July 4th attack on a human by a primate — in this case, a Japanese Macaque, or snow monkey — being kept inappropriately as a pet. This is the second such attack in Columbia in less than a year.
Los Angeles, CA — As Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus prepares to open in Los Angeles, animal groups are up in arms over Ringling’s record of animal abuse, a looming federal trial on abuse of endangered Asian elephants, and Ringling’s role in weakening L.A. city requirements for animal care.