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A Legend to Look up to

Published 03/13/09
By Zibby Wilder, Director of Public Relations

The Life in My YearsThough I have not yet had the pleasure of reading the book, or meeting its author, I am very excited about the publication of Virginia McKenna’s newest book, The Life in My Years.

Virginia is the mother of Born Free USA’s CEO, Will Travers, a celebrated and respected actress, and an icon in the international animal protection movement. People in the U.S. may not be as familiar with her as people in her native England so I wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of what I know about her, and some of the amazing stories she and her family have shared with us:

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The death of the last American jaguar

Published 03/06/09
By Zibby Wilder, Director of Public Relations

A little piece of my heart literally broke when I got the news that perhaps the last American jaguar had been killed in Arizona. When I saw the picture of “Macho B” I literally gasped. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a stunning big cat.

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No "Luck of the Irish" for Mink

Published 02/25/09
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

A recent expose on fur farming in Ireland shows the horrendous conditions mink raised for fur are forced to live in.

Sadly these are the same conditions can be witnessed on any fur farm anywhere in the world including the United States. This is what "standard industry practice" looks like in the fur industry when not posing for their promotional photo ops or fluff news segments.

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Oh cry me a river!

Published 02/20/09
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

A recent news piece in The Wall Street Journal tells the sob story about the poor U.S. mink farmers who are not selling as much fur because people are not as frivolous with their money in these tough economic times.

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Death: a bad way to start the day

Published 02/18/09
By Zibby Wilder, Director of Public Relations

When I opened my email Tuesday morning to reports of the mauling of a Connecticut woman and policeman by a chimpanzee — and the subsequent death by stabbing and shooting of the chimpanzee, named Travis — I knew the day would not be a good one.

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Coyotes pay the price for Colorado town's shortsightedness

Published 02/17/09
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

The city council of Greenwood Village in Colorado recently decided to get in touch with their inner redneck by adopting several new ordinances which will allow the trapping and the shooting of coyotes in the city's limits.

Geez, great thinking brainiacs ... choose a strategy that has failed to work for over a hundred years!

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Not So Picture Purrfect

Published 02/13/09
By Tracy Lesperance, Vice President of Development

What’s wrong with this picture?

Imagine you’re on a lovely cruise with your family, enjoying the gorgeous weather and various ports of call. Your ship docks in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. You de-board to explore and come upon a crowd of people — camera flashes are going off — and as the crowd parts a bit, you now see the hut in front of which they are standing actually houses a small, 4'x5'x1.5' cage containing a tiger cub and a lion cub. You are being encouraged — for a fee — a “donation” according the person running the operation — to have your photo taken while holding one of the cubs.

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An elephant is faithful -- one hundred per cent!

Published 02/11/09
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

As a new parent I have discovered that far too often children's books or movies portray circuses in a positive light, thus sending a message to children that it is acceptable and even desirable to support the exploitation of wildlife.

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