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For Immediate Release: 02/12/08

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.

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For Immediate Release: 02/12/08

Beastly Spectacles: circuses and rodeos to be banned in Santa Clara?

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.

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For Immediate Release: 02/06/08

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.

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For Immediate Release: 01/29/08

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.

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For Immediate Release: 01/16/08

How safe is your local zoo?

Born Free USA urges federal animal welfare and public safety review of zoos nationwide

Washington, D.C. — After the killing of a young man by a tiger at the San Francisco Zoo on Christmas Day, Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA) is calling for an immediate detailed Federal examination of animal welfare and public safety conditions at all American zoos.

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For Immediate Release: 12/27/07

Statement on Tiger Mauling at San Francisco Zoo

News of the fatal mauling by a tiger at the San Francisco Zoo has made headlines around the world, igniting a much-needed debate about the future of wild animals in captivity.

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For Immediate Release: 12/12/07

“Born Free in the USA”

Historic Merger Heralds New Force in U.S. Animal Protection Movement

Sacramento, CA / Washington, DC — The Animal Protection Institute and Born Free USA today announced that they have united to create a new, dynamic and more powerful force for animal protection in America and abroad.

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For Immediate Release: 12/05/07

Celebrate National Bird Day on January 5, 2008

Bird enthusiasts unite in protest of U.S. pet trade’s exploitation of international native bird populations

Sacramento, CA — On January 5, 2008, The Animal Protection Institute (API), in conjunction with the Avian Welfare Coalition (AWC), will celebrate the sixth annual “National Bird Day” (NBD). NBD aims to educate the public about the difficult reality of caring for birds as pets, the damage the U.S. pet industry inflicts on wild bird populations, and the importance of keeping birds wild.

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