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Help African Grey Parrots Fly Free Again

Published 02/19/10
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

Recently authorities in Cameroon Africa intercepted more than 1,000 endangered African Grey parrots captured in the wild and destined for the international pet trade.

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An Accident Waiting to Happen

Published 02/09/10
By Maggie Graham, Research Assistant

Imagine a zoo allowing its visitors to routinely hug their big cats. As mind-blowing as that may sound, it actually occurs on regular basis at a well-known zoo in Argentina. The Lujan Zoo, located just outside the capital city of Buenos Aires, boasts of amazing encounters with iconic species such as lions, tigers, and bears. Pictures are displayed of people sitting on top of a lion, wrapping their arms around fully-grown tigers, and swinging bear cubs by their back legs! It is inconceivable that a zoo would place visitors in such peril.

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19 bears rescued in Vietnam; you can help save U.S. bears too!

Published 01/28/10
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

I was heartened to hear about the recent rescue of 19 bears from a bear bile farm in Vietnam.

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Win One, Lose One: When will they listen to us?

Victory in the courts cost cat-owner his life

Published 01/20/10
By Barry Kent MacKay, Senior Program Associate

Six years ago, in court, Norman Buwalda emerged victorious against a challenge to his interests.

Earlier this month, that victory cost Buwalda, age 66, his life.

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Warehouse of Horror

Published 01/19/10
By Susan Trout, Program Assistant

In mid-December, authorities in Texas staged a mass seizure of thousands of exotic animals crammed into unimaginable living conditions at U.S. Global Exotics in Arlington, a suburb of Fort Worth. U.S. Global Exotics is a major importer of exotic reptiles and mammals for the pet trade, supplying pet shops around the globe, including U.S. pet shop chains Petland, Petco, and PETsMART.

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Did the punishment fit the crime?

Published 01/13/10
By Maggie Graham, Program Assistant

An African immigrant residing in New York was sentenced recently to probation for smuggling monkey meat into the U.S. back in 2006 — quite a relaxed punishment and undermining message to send the public for such an abominable crime.

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100 artists unite to help Born Free USA help animals

Published 01/02/10
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

How excited am I about the upcoming art show “A Cry for Help” featuring more than 100 artists’ works inspired plight of animals?

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Who pays the real price for a circus ticket?

Published 12/29/09
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

Last week a lioness and 8 tigers died while traveling through Siberia in a Russian traveling circus ironically called “Dream.”

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