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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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For Immediate Release: 11/21/08

Ringling elephant birth re-ignites debate over captive elephant breeding

Sacramento, CA — Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA), a national leader in wildlife conservation and animal advocacy, today urged the United States Department of Agriculture to prohibit any future elephant breeding by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus (Ringling) after the circus announced the birth of a baby elephant. Born Free USA is one of the plaintiffs in the groundbreaking federal lawsuit against Ringling for its mistreatment of endangered Asian elephants in violation of the Endangered Species Act.

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For Immediate Release: 11/20/08

Animal protectionists award and reward sardine-boat owners for respecting nesting birds others love to scapegoat

MONTEREY, CA — Monterey fishing boat owner Andy Siino will be presented with a “Cormorant Compassion Award” and a check for $1,000.00 from Cormorant Defenders International (CDI), a collective of animal protection and environmental groups representing 15 million people in the U.S. and Canada. CDI is dedicated to promoting the appreciation and protection of cormorants and other colonial-nesting waterbirds.

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