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Off the plate but still a threat!

Published 05/07/10
By Susan Trout, Program Assistant

Last month the California Department of Fish and Game adopted a ruling to ban the importation of live turtles and frogs intended for food to prevent people from releasing non-native species into the state’s sensitive habitats.

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Update: Free African Grey Parrots

Published 04/12/10
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

Thanks in part to Born Free USA’s stellar members and supporters, hundreds of African Grey parrots are free again — in the wild — as they should be!

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Live Mascots Lose Out

Published 04/02/10
By Maggie Graham, Research Assistant

Ralphie the bison. Mike the tiger. Lady the black bear. Nova the eagle. Leo the lion. Tusk the Russian boar.

No, this is not a list of characters in a cartoon or figurines to collect and trade with your friends. These are just a few of the many live animal mascots used in the United States to represent college sports teams.

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Climate Change Will Bring a Silent Spring

Published 03/11/10
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

Released on March 11, 2010, by Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, “The State of the Birds: 2010 Report on Climate Change” is a call to action. Though not as elegantly written, it is nevertheless reminiscent of the warnings of Rachel Carlson’s Silent Spring, which drew attention to the decline of birds as a result of pesticides such as DDT and inspired the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Gorillas and gibbons love The Great Ape Conservation Act!

Published 03/04/10
By Maggie Graham, Research Assistant

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend a legislative hearing on the reauthorization of H.R. 4416, the Great Ape Conservation Act, a bill that has already been instrumental in protecting great ape species through funding granted by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to NGOs and other groups committed to their survival.

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SeaWorld. Lesson learned or ignored?

Published 03/02/10
By Adam M. Roberts, Executive Vice President

I am a naysayer. A wet blanket. Chicken Little screaming that the sky is falling. A mean, Grinch-like scrooge of a man out to ruin every family’s good time out.

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Koko Is Free

Published 02/25/10
By Alena Caldwell, Guest Blogger

Tuesday, Feb. 13th, 2007: As I sat in my office going through my usual morning routine of sipping coffee and skimming my favorite online news outlets, I came upon the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGATE.com. They have a section called “Day in Pictures” which hosts a few random photos of people, animals, and places around the globe.

Little did I know the picture I would come across would forever change the life of one courageous animal — and my own.

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Misfit Management

Published 02/25/10
By Susan Trout, Program Assistant

Some of you may remember The Misfits, a 1961 movie starring Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe. Gable portrayed an aging cowboy who caught wild mustangs that he sold for slaughter. As a child I found it very upsetting to watch those wild horses fight nearly to exhaustion for their freedom.

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