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California SB 1480: 'The Consumer and Wildlife Protection Act'

Published 05/24/12

California Senate Bill 1480 (“The Consumer and Wildlife Protection Act”)is as of this writing (May 2012) working its way through the Legislature on its way, we hope, to becoming law.

Introduced by Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro) and co-authored by Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Oakland), Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Long Beach) and Assemblyman Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), SB 1480 will protect wildlife from unnecessary death and cruelty, reduce costs incurred by animal control and wildlife rehabilitation centers, decrease the chances of family dogs and cats being inadvertently killed in traps, and protect homeowners who are often mislead by scofflaw wildlife trappers.

Among other protection measures SB1480 will:

  • Require trappers to provide a written contract to consumers that include a summary of the laws related to dealing with wildlife.
  • Require trappers to take steps to avoid orphaning dependant young and leaving them to die.
  • Prohibit the most heinous methods of killing wildlife: drowning, chest-crushing and injection with chemical solvents, such as nail polish remover.
  • Require that special precautions be taken when dealing with bats. In California,10 of our 24 bat species are classified as "Species of Special Concern," meaning urgent protection is needed to prevent them from becoming threatened or endangered species.
  • Place additional restriction on the use of kill-type traps to reduce the chances of family pets being inadvertently killed.

Lions, Eagles and Owls: What Are Zoos Teaching Us About Them?

Published 02/27/12

Ash died suddenly and violently in front of many onlookers, including children. “It was over in seconds,” one woman reportedly stated. “People were horrified. Women and children were screaming. My little boy was in tears.”

Ash was 9 years old and her death seemed to amuse some other folks, according to letters to the editor in response to the news reports.

And what did we learn? The death did happen at a facility that, we are told, is educational.

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Born Free USA Leads Initiative in Hawaii to Protect Bears from Global Trade

Published 01/20/12

Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, is urging Hawaii lawmakers to join the majority of U.S. states that fully prohibit the trade in bear gallbladders. Throughout the U.S. mainland, bears are killed for their gallbladders and bile. Hawaii is one of the few states that still allow trade of bear gallbladders. Although Hawaii lacks a wild bear population, this allowance — and the state’s location &mdash, could encourage bear poaching globally, compromises bans already in place on the mainland, and puts bears everywhere at risk.

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Do or Die for the WAO 113

Born Free USA To Rescue More Than 100 Animals

Published 12/06/11
By Tim Ajax, Director, Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary

(This story appears in the fall/winter 2011 issue of Born Free USA's Animal Issues Digest.)

Fifi, a rhesus macaque, had been a "pet" in a tiny cage in her owner's New York City basement. Her tail was amputated, probably to facilitate putting diapers on her. Chappy, a crab-eating macaque, was a biomedical research subject; the stress of life in the lab led him to pluck his body bald. Dex, a stumptail macaque, also exploited for research, has only his thumb and index finger on his right hand.

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Lions on the Menu: A Deadly Delicacy

Published 11/28/11
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

(This story appears in the fall/winter 2011 issue of Born Free USA's Animal Issues Digest.)

Near our Washington, DC, office, Serbian Crown, a restaurant known for its Russian and French specialties, is offering a December menu special under Les Gibiers et Volailles (wild game and poultry): Scaloppini of Lion. Thinly sliced lion meat served with wild mushrooms. When we inquired about the source of the meat we were told it was indeed lion meat, imported from Africa, allegedly from a "farm."

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fffashion L.A. 2011: The Principles

Published 09/28/11

Pretty Birdie by Stephanie Teague* — www.stephanieteague.etsy.com

Pretty Birdie is a hand-made, eco friendly clothing line founded in 2008, and based in Greesnboro, NC. The company's founder and head designer, Stephanie Teague, has been in the world of fashion for more than 15 years, beginning as a model. She worked in many major markets across the United States and Europe, and gained incredible insight into the world of design and fashion. She is completely self-taught as a designer. Stephanie began Pretty Birdie with one main objective - to provide buyers with eco-friendly clothing and accessories that were fashionable, yet comfortable.

* First-place winner, fur free fashion competition.

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Speak Up for New Mexico's Wildlife on Sept. 14, 2011

Published 08/29/11

As you know, Born Free USA recently conducted an undercover trapping investigation documenting the cruelty of fur trapping in the United States – including New Mexico.

Following this investigation, we asked our dedicated supporters to call on the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish to take immediate steps to protect your state’s wildlife from the barbaric cruelty uncovered by our investigation, and you did.

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N.Y. Passes Bear Trade Bill — a Step Forward

Published 06/21/11

Update (August 2011): Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed the bill into law. It takes effect on Jan. 1, 2012.

The New York Legislature has officially passed legislation to restrict the trade in bear gallbladders and bile, an issue brought to the Legislature’s attention by Born Free USA.

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