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For Immediate Release: 02/12/14

Born Free USA CEO to Speak at DC Independent Film Festival

Wildlife trafficking expert Adam Roberts to speak out about wildlife crime documentary

Washington, D.C. -- Adam Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, has been invited to join a panel at the upcoming D.C. Independent Film Festival (DCIFF). The event will take place on Sunday, February 23, immediately following the screening of the east coast premiere of the powerful film Ofir - A Wildlife Crime Documentary. The screening is at 12:15pm at the U.S. Naval Heritage Center and runs 58 minutes. The panel discussion is from 1:30pm to 2:15pm. Tickets are $12 in advance or are available at the door.

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For Immediate Release: 02/03/14

Adam Roberts Named CEO of Born Free USA

Washington, D.C. -- Adam Roberts has been named CEO of Born Free USA today. The announcement was made by Will Travers, departing CEO of Born Free USA, and Prashant K. Khetan, Chairman of the Board of Directors. Travers will remain on the organization’s Board of Directors and will remain an active consultant.

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For Immediate Release: 01/21/14

Born Free USA Supports Introduction of Bill “Prohibiting Possession of Wild and Exotic Animals” in West Virginia

West Virginia is one of only eight states that lack any substantive restrictions for wild and exotic animals kept by private individuals

Washington, D.C. -- Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, applauds West Virginia State Senator Bob Beach (D- Monongalia) for introducing S.B. 371 -- “Prohibiting Possession of Wild and Exotic Animals.” The bill seeks to improve animal welfare and protect the public from potentially dangerous exotic animals by enacting stricter regulations on exotic animal ownership. West Virginia is one of only eight states that lack any substantive restrictions for wild and exotic animals kept by private individuals, and Senator Beach’s bill would fix this glaring and dangerous legal oversight.

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For Immediate Release: 01/17/14

Born Free USA Statement on Killing of Black Rhino Auction in Texas

Wildlife conservation leader is saddened by Namibia's decision and calls for action to oppose any permit application to bring the "trophy" to the U.S.

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, a national leader in wildlife conservation and animal welfare, released this statement regarding the killing of a black rhino auction in Texas:

“Born Free USA is saddened by Namibia's misguided and short-sighted decision to allow this black rhino hunt to take place. More importantly we will be mobilizing our grassroots supporters nationwide to oppose any permit application to bring the ‘trophy’ back into America.”

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For Immediate Release: 01/13/14

Born Free USA Welcomes groovy to the Fur Free Retailer Program

Washington, D.C. -- The store and online retailer, groovy (www.groovyshoes.ca), dedicated to unique fashion footwear and accessories for everyone, has just become a member of Born Free USA’s International Fur Free Retailer Program (www.furfreeshopping.com). The announcement was made by Born Free USA and Elaine Martin, owner of groovy.

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For Immediate Release: 12/16/13

Rock Legends REO Speedwagon Support Born Free USA

San Antonio concert brought attention to Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Texas

Washington, D.C. -- Rock legends REO Speedwagon hosted a guitar giveaway to support Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, at their concert yesterday, December 15, at the Majestic Theater in San Antonio, Texas. The event raised about $3,000 for the organization, which will be used to care for the animals at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Texas.

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For Immediate Release: 12/12/13

Born Free USA's 12th Annual National Bird Day- January 5, 2014

An important day to learn more about the plight of all birds, captive and wild

Washington, D.C. -- Sunday, January 5 is the 12th anniversary of National Bird Day, when Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, in conjunction with Avian Welfare Coalition, shines a spotlight on issues critical to the protection and survival of birds – captive and wild. The annual campaign focuses on education and action to stop the international trade in wild birds, raises awareness about standards of care for birds who have been adopted as pets, and pushes for a deeper respect and understanding about the plight of all birds.

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For Immediate Release: 12/03/13

Born Free USA and The Humane Society of the United States Endorse Refuge From Cruel Trapping Act

Bill would prohibit body-gripping traps on National Wildlife Refuges

Washington, D.C. -- Born Free USA and The Humane Society of the United States, global leaders in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, applaud U.S. Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY) for re-introducing the Refuge From Cruel Trapping Act (H.R. 3513), and urge the bill’s swift passage. H.R. 3513 would ban all body-gripping traps — snare, Conibear, and steel-jaw leghold — from being used or possessed on National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs). This humane legislation addresses the inherent cruelty of body-gripping traps and seeks to ensure that all NWRs are safe havens for wildlife.

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