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Protesting the transfer

Published 07/08/09

... In a joint statement, In Defense of Animals, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and Born Free USA also wrote that they were concerned Kallie and Bette might breed. Both elephants are nearly 30 years old, an age when the risks of breeding become high, Roy said. ...

Phila. says farewell to beloved elephant pair
Zoe Tillman
The Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA)

Day Three of Will Travers' Report from Geneva – CITES Standing Committee

Published 07/08/09

Now it’s heating up.

Primates.

Yesterday I mentioned the illegal primate trade and the transit routes through Egypt to the Middle East. Since then, noted but controversial filmmaker and conservationist Karl Amman has been thrown out of the meeting while trying to interview the Chinese delegation and CITES Secretary-General on film.

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Joining forces to oppose a pending move of elephants

Published 07/07/09

... Zoo administrators have said for some time that they planned to move two female elephants, Kallie and Bette, from the Philadelphia Zoo to the Somerset County center. But that initiative now is attracting controversy. On Tuesday, three organizations — PETA, Born Free USA and In Defense of Animals — said they are “joining forces to oppose the pending move.” ...

Pachyderm protest: Groups oppose breeding plan at Fairhope-area facility
Mike Faher
The Tribune-Democrat (Johnstown, PA)

Day Two of Will Travers' Report from Geneva – CITES Standing Committee

Published 07/07/09

We’ve spent a long day wading through technical administrative matters, but I think we have been winning more than we are losing so far. Every bit of forward progress helps.

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Day One of Will Travers' Report from Geneva – CITES Standing Committee

Published 07/07/09

Well, the first day of Standing Committee to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has come to an end in Geneva, Switzerland ... imagine a huge room with rows of tables, hundreds of delegates (some would say “government bureaucrats”), headphones, microphones, papers, computers, and the slightly muted buzzing of simultaneous translation into the three working languages of the Convention: English, French, and Spanish.

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Urging a ban on owning dangerous reptiles

Published 07/03/09

Investigators continued looking for answers the day after a Sumter County toddler was strangled to death by a python. ... The tragic case has sparked outrage from residents in the community as well as animal protection organizations. National wildlife advocacy group, Born Free USA, has called on Florida legislators to immediately ban the ownership of dangerous reptiles.

Investigation continues after snake strangles child
Larry Ell
The Daily Commercial (Leesburg, FL)

Deadly exotic "pets" are never a good idea

Published 07/02/09

It is the sort of headline that grabs your attention: "Toddler Dies, Python Found Coiled Around Her." Wednesday, a 12-foot-long Burmese python appears to have killed a 2-year-old Florida girl. The girl's family owned the python, as well as a 6-foot-long boa constrictor. No doubt, this incident will start a conversation about whether it's a good idea to house exotic pets, especially when there are children involved.

Born Free USA knows it's never a good idea. See our list of incidents involving children and adults who have come into contact with reptiles, often with deadly results.

Python Attack Raises Safety Concerns about Housing Exotic Pets
Al Tompkins
Poynter Online
The Poynter Institute
St. Petersburg, FL


The Lucky Children's Book Continues Its Flight

Published 06/25/09

In Indonesia’s Maluku Islands it is not unusual to find wild parrots or cockatoos chained to perches outside local shops or in the homes of the wealthy. Lucky, a rainbow lorikeet, was one such bird. Trapped from the nearby forest and chained to a two-foot wooden stick, he lived outside his owner’s restaurant for more than a year before he was discovered by representatives from the Indonesian Parrot Project. Monica Engebretson, senior program associate for Born Free USA united with the Animal Protection Institute, was a member of the 2003 Indonesian Parrot Project ecotour and remembers Lucky’s story ...

Ecotourism Helps Birds and Communities Take Flight
Bonnie Zimmermann
Dinas Kebudayaan & Pariwisata Provinsi Maluku

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