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For Immediate Release: 07/10/13

Ethica Joins Born Free USA's Fur Free Retailer Program

Washington, D.C. -- Today, the online retailer Ethica, www.shopethica.com, dedicated to high-style ethical fashion, became a member of the International Fur Free Retailer Program, www.furfreeretailer.com. The announcement was made by Born Free USA and Carolina Cantor, Co-Founder and Fashion Director of the retail website.

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For Immediate Release: 06/18/13

New Report: Economics of Trophy Hunting in Africa Are Overrated and Overstated

WASHINGTON – A new report released today analyzes literature on the economics of trophy hunting and reveals that African countries and rural communities derive very little benefit from trophy hunting revenue. The study, authored by Economists at Large—commissioned by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International and Born Free USA/Born Free Foundation—comes amid consideration to grant the African lion protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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For Immediate Release: 05/30/13

International Animal Welfare and Zoo Expert Chris Draper to Speak at Chicago Zoological Society Symposium

Senior Scientific Researcher from U.K. Born Free Foundation to give insight June 5 on animal welfare and conservation objectives in zoos

Washington, D.C. -- The Chicago Zoological Society's Center for the Science of Animal Welfare will host its 2nd International Symposium on Zoo Animal Welfare on June 5 and 6, 2013 at the Brookfield Zoo. Leading welfare researchers, including the Born Free Foundation/Born Free USA's Senior Scientific Researcher Chris Draper, will discuss future directions for zoo animal welfare science. Draper, from the Born Free Foundation headquarters in the U.K., will be speaking on the topic of "Animal welfare and conservation objectives in zoos: conflicts and synergies."

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For Immediate Release: 05/03/13

Fargo Native Is Running Wild for Born Free USA

Fargo, ND, native Lauren Arndt, a 23-year-old zoology major at North Dakota State University, is running the Fargo Marathon this month to raise money for Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, with whom she shares an interest to save the African lion.

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For Immediate Release: 04/04/13

More Critical Scrutiny Needed for U.S. Fur Farming Industry

In reaction to recent reports that the demand for fur in China is causing a revival of fur farms in the United States, Born Free USA wants the public to be aware of the animal welfare and environmental consequences. The leading animal welfare and wildlife conservation organization estimates that there are more than 270 fur farms in the country, with approximately 3 million mink killed every year. Wisconsin, Utah, Idaho, Minnesota and Oregon are home to the highest number of fur farms on record.

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For Immediate Release: 03/26/13

Ill-advised Tourism ‘Adventure’ Threatens Kenyan Whale Sharks

Born Free Foundation and International Marine Experts Are Outraged

Widespread opposition between the company Seaquarium Ltd. in Kenya and wildlife conservation groups and marine scientists is mounting related to a proposal to begin catching wild migrating whale sharks for public display in a marine enclosure off the southern Kenyan coast ostensibly for the purposes of “tourism and conservation.”

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For Immediate Release: 03/21/13

Tennessee Family Dog Caught in Leghold Trap and Shot Dead by Neighbor

Born Free USA to Reimburse Family for Veterinary Bills

The family of Skeeter, a 5-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever in Millington, TN, is the latest recipient of financial support from Born Free USA, a national leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation.

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For Immediate Release: 03/20/13

Born Free USA Applauds Committee Action Yesterday to End Sale of Lion Meat in Illinois

Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, today applauded Illinois state Rep. Luis Arroyo’s leadership on behalf of lions and thanked the House Agriculture Committee for approving the Lion Meat Act yesterday. This much-needed legislation, championed by Born Free USA, would ban the sale of lion meat and the slaughter of the animals in Illinois.

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