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For Immediate Release: 05/27/08

Animal advocacy group calls for investigation into deadly snake dumping in N.C.

Jacksonville, N.C. — Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA) today publicly challenged the unfounded reports that it released two Monocled cobras in a North Carolina neighborhood. Despite the discovery of a flyer from someone who had lost two Monocled cobras in the area, reports quoted unidentified “officials” who allegedly claimed the snakes had been purposefully released by Born Free USA.

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For Immediate Release: 05/21/08

Animal Protection Groups Ask Federal Court to Halt Ringling Bros.’ Cruel Chaining and Confinement of Endangered Asian Elephants

Washington, D.C. — Today, a coalition of animal protection organizations and a former Ringling Bros. employee asked a federal district court in Washington D.C. to immediately order a halt to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Ringling Bros.)’s cruel practice of shackling and confining endangered Asian elephants for days on end in a manner that prevents them from walking or even turning around in place.

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For Immediate Release: 04/23/08

California man mauled to death by Grizzly bear used in Hollywood films

Star of classic movie “Born Free” calls for moratorium on use of wild animals in entertainment

Sacramento, CA — A 39-year-old Hollywood animal trainer, Stephan Miller, was mauled to death yesterday by a Grizzly bear that had recently been featured in the Will Ferrell movie, Semi-Pro. The 5-year-old bear named Rocky attacked and killed the man during a training session. Reports indicate the Mr. Miller died from a massive neck wound at his cousin Randy Miller’s Predators in Action private breeding facility in the San Bernardino Mountains.

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For Immediate Release: 04/23/08

California Animal Association announces 2007 legislators of the year

Sacramento, CA — The California Animal Association (CAA) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2007 Legislator of the Year award: Senator Sheila James Kuehl (D-23) and Assembly Member Mark DeSaulnier (D-11).

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For Immediate Release: 04/17/08

Officials to confiscate animals from embattled Ohio exotic animal owner

25+ year offender of federal animal welfare laws will never keep exotic animals again

Akron, OHBorn Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA) is applauding a Summit County judge’s order to permanently confiscate exotic wild animals being kept in deplorable conditions by Lorenza Pearson, owner of L&L Exotics Animal Farm (L&L Exotics) in Copley Township, OH. Judge Judy Hunter also permanently banned Pearson from possessing exotic animals.

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For Immediate Release: 04/16/08

Monkey killing sparks new calls for legislation banning the keeping of nonhuman primates as pets in Michigan

Officials ignored requests for information, offers for help, and important medical information

Detroit, MI — Following the needless killing of a pet monkey named Mikey by Wayne County officials over the weekend, Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA), a national animal advocacy organization, is calling upon Michigan legislators to ban the keeping of nonhuman primates as pets in Michigan. Mikey was killed after he bit a young girl while being walked in public on a leash.

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For Immediate Release: 04/11/08

Stay of execution urged for monkey who bit child

Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary offers lifetime care for confiscated macaque

Trenton, MI — Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA), a national animal advocacy organization, is calling upon public health officials to publicly declare that they will not kill Mikey, the monkey who bit a six-year-old Trenton girl earlier this week. The monkey’s owner was walking him on a leash outside a church when the incident occurred.

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For Immediate Release: 04/07/08

Orlando urged to save Prada

Born Free USA offers lifetime care for rescued monkey

Orlando, FL — Born Free USA is offering to re-home Prada, a “pet” monkey who escaped from an apartment building in Orlando on Friday, at its Primate Sanctuary near San Antonio, Texas. The Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary is home to more than 500 macaques, baboons, and vervets, many of whom came from deplorable or inappropriate private homes or businesses. It is one of the very few in the U.S. that provide large, free-ranging, natural enclosures. The Sanctuary features 186 acres of dense vegetation with several ponds. The majority of monkeys live freely in these enclosures with minimum human interference.

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