Shocking USDA report renews calls for animals to be seized, facility permanently closed
Akron, OH — Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA) is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to shut down L&L Exotics Animal Farm in Copley Township, OH. Despite reports that the owner’s license had been revoked by court order, a disturbing new inspection by the USDA has detailed numerous continuing and serious animal welfare failings and potential public safety issues at the facility.
Will Chehalis City Council end public display of dangerous wild animals?
Seattle, WA — Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA) today called on Chehalis City Council to prohibit public displays of wild and exotic animals. This request is a direct response to last weekend’s gathering of the Phoenix Exotic Wildlife Association at Yard Birds Mall, where, according to Born Free USA, the public was put at risk by allowing people, including children, to have direct contact with dangerous and unpredictable wild animals owned by Predators of the Heart.
Honolulu Zoo Tiger Escape Renews Calls for Nationwide Safety Review
Washington, D.C. — After the Christmas tragedy at the San Francisco Zoo, the zoo industry rushed to reassure the American public that lightning couldn’t strike twice, that the nation’s zoos were wholesome and, above all, safe. Yesterday’s escape of a Sumatran tiger at the Honolulu Zoo has exposed the fragility of that claim.
On February 12, the World Society for the Protection of Animals and Handle with Care Coalition partners released the results of a two-year investigation into the global long distance transport of animals.
Undercover footage reveals Canada to Hawaii route as one of world’s worst examples of unnecessary cruelty to animals
A two-year investigation released today by a global coalition of animal welfare groups reveals the brutality of transporting live animals long distances simply to be slaughtered at the journey’s end.
County ordinance would ban use of cruel tools on elephants and horses
Santa Clara, CA — An ordinance to prohibit rodeos and the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling shows and circuses, will be discussed by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, February 12, at 9:30 am. The ordinance will be presented by Supervisor Pete McHugh, and is sponsored by Defend Animals Silicon Valley and Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA). The ordinance would also make it illegal to use, or be in the possession of, cruel training devices such as bullhooks, chains, bucking straps and electrical prods.
Infant Elephant Calf Death at San Diego Wild Animal Park Sparks Call for End to Elephant Breeding and Live Imports
Sacramento, CA — The San Diego Wild Animal Park’s participation in the 2003 capture and import of 7 out of 11 African elephants from Swaziland — despite the willingness of African reserves to accept the animals — has claimed another victim: a sickly two-month-old calf born to a female Swazi elephant at the park.
USDA suspends North Carolina “zoo”; Born Free USA promises to continue fight for increased regulation of dangerous wild animals in North Carolina
“Tiger World” to be under increased scrutiny as lawmakers continue to debate legislation
Charlotte, NC — Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA) is applauding this month’s USDA action against Steve Macaluso, owner of the now-closed Metrolina Wildlife Park. The USDA fined Macaluso $5,000 and barred him from operating a zoo facility until 2015 after repeated violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act.