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For Immediate Release: 03/31/08

Court Rules in Favor of Threatened Lynx

Minnesota's State Trapping Program Violates Endangered Species Act

Minneapolis, MN — A federal judge today ruled that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is in violation of the Endangered Species Act for allowing trappers to set traps and snares that catch, injure, and kill Canada lynx, a protected species. The case was filed on behalf of Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA) and the Center for Biological Diversity. The court ordered the state to take all action necessary to ensure that no further takings of lynx will occur by trapping activities within core lynx habitat.

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For Immediate Release: 03/12/08

Change in regulations demanded after killing of Spokane monkey

Hundreds of primates kept as pets in WA; dogs and cats not killed, why monkeys?

Seattle, WA — After the pointless killing of an innocent monkey in Spokane, Born Free USA united with the Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA), a national animal advocacy organization, is calling upon Washington public health officials to review its rabies kill plans.

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For Immediate Release: 03/12/08

State Lawmakers to Hear Arguments on Exotic Animal Legislation

Proposed Bill would Ban the Keeping of Dangerous Wild Animals as “Pets”

Raleigh, NC — On March 13, 2008, the Joint Select Committee on Inherently Dangerous Animals will hold a public hearing to investigate the public safety and animal welfare incidents associated with private ownership of dangerous wild animals.

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For Immediate Release: 03/11/08

Congress poised to protect bears and primates

Washington, D.C. — The House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, and Oceans today considered two vital animal protection and conservation bills: the Bear Protection Act (HR 5534) and the Captive Primate Safety Act (HR 2964). Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA) has endorsed both legislative initiatives and today urged Congress to move swiftly toward their passage.

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For Immediate Release: 03/10/08

National animal advocacy group and primate sanctuary decry decision to kill pet monkey

Offer to home Chico at nationally-renowned primate sanctuary ignored

Spokane, WA — Born Free USA united with the Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA), a national animal advocacy organization, is calling upon public health officials to act at once to halt the destruction of Chico, the monkey who bit three people after escaping from his Spokane-area home earlier this month.

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For Immediate Release: 03/03/08

Embattled Ohio exotic animal owner under federal microscope — again

Shocking USDA report renews calls for animals to be seized, facility permanently closed

Akron, OHBorn 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.

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For Immediate Release: 02/27/08

Hands-on wild animal event outrages national animal advocacy group

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.

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For Immediate Release: 02/22/08

(Still) Not Safe at the Zoo?

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.

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