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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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For Immediate Release: 01/28/09

Born Free USA decries decision to keep Billy at inadequate L.A. Zoo

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).

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For Immediate Release: 01/06/09

Ringling Bros. circus opens Tampa show under cloud of federal lawsuit

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.

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For Immediate Release: 12/12/08

New Reports Expose the Truth about Captive Elephants

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.

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For Immediate Release: 12/10/08

International eco-friendly fashion design contest launches

“Green celebrity” judges to pick the best new fur-free fashions

Sacramento, CA — Make a fffashion statement! Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA) and leading environmental publication, E Magazine, are launching fffashion,” the fur-free fashion design competition. fffashion’s goal is to promote the ethical and environmental benefits of foregoing fur fashions while creating an opportunity for independent designers to showcase their talent for a worthy cause.

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For Immediate Release: 12/01/08

Lynx in New Mexico Soon to Escape Legal Limbo

Government agrees to issue key lynx finding by December 15

Washington, DC — Conservationists and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) reached a legal settlement today, requiring the government to issue a finding by December 15 on a petition to federally protect the lynx in New Mexico (click here to download the court order). The agreement stems from a lawsuit filed earlier this year by conservation groups represented by the Western Environmental Law Center. Lynx are protected elsewhere in the lower 48 states under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) but enjoy no federal protection in New Mexico.

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For Immediate Release: 11/24/08

Don't "monkey" around with holiday shopping — adopt one instead!

Sacramento, CA — Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA), a leading wildlife conservation and advocacy organization, is taking the monkeying-around out of holiday shopping this year by offering the unique gift of a Primate Adoption.

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