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Bad Ideas About Animals: They Breed Like Rabbits

Published 11/19/10

Albert Einstein once said, “The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking. ... If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.”

Although not perhaps on Einstein’s level, each of us has done something with a positive result in mind, only to have the well-intentioned something explode in our faces. Some medicines, for example, can cause horrific side effects.

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Go the Extra Mile for the Animals

Published 11/17/10

One step at a time. That’s how Born Free USA achieves many of our victories for animals. We start down a path, we press firmly onward, we stay focused and we cross that finish line with heads held high.

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Let’s Kick a Cruel Industry While It’s Down

Published 11/15/10

In 2010, the fur fashion industry has taken some hard hits, and we at Born Free USA have no problem piling on.

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Sea Turtles Are in the Dumps

Published 11/06/10

Earlier this week the BBC reported that one-third of loggerhead turtles recovered recently from the Adriatic Sea had plastic in their intestines. The presence of such an undissolvable substance in the digestive system can be fatal, and probably was the primary cause of death for some of the shell-encased reptiles.

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Dinosaurs Are Gone! They’re All Dead! Get Over It!

Published 11/02/10

A few weeks ago a team of paleontologists from the United States and Canada gave us this Mesozoic Era news flash: A careful examination of bones suggests that Tyrannosaurus rex would bite each other. Take that, Donner Party!

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Help Us Win With the Body Shop!

Voting Ends Sunday as We Try To Capture $10,000 in both the U.S. and Canada

Published 10/28/10

The Body Shop, with more than 2,500 stores in more than 55 countries, has helped us before, and now it's doing so again by pitting us against two other organizations in an in-store and online popularity vote that ends Sunday. The winner in each country gets $10,000! Please vote now for us in the United States and in Canada — that's right, you can do both!

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I Would Rather She Was a Witch Than That Which She Is

Why I Don’t Believe in Politicians Who Don’t ‘Believe in’ Evolution

Published 10/22/10
By Barry Kent MacKay, Senior Program Associate

Look, I’m a Canadian, and we have our own numbskulls in public office, but if I don’t speak out against something that worries and even frightens me, I deserve the consequences, and they are profound.

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Canada Has Done Something Environmentally Right!

Yukon-Alaska Border Blitz Nabs Wildlife Smugglers

Published 10/14/10
By Barry Kent MacKay, Senior Program Associate

Here are two news items from the same day — Tuesday, Oct. 12. The big one (in Canada, I mean) was that for the first time ever Canada failed to win a seat at the Security Council of the United Nations. The small one was that after a two-week blitz of the border between the Yukon and Alaska, wildlife officers uncovered more than 50 violations of both federal and territorial wildlife protection laws, and made 23 seizures of parts, or entire carcasses, of protected wildlife species, including walrus, black and grizzly bears, sea otter, caribou, moose, Dall sheep, eagle and bowhead whale.

Oddly, perhaps, both items cheered me.

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