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Reaching the tipping point on animal circuses

Published 07/28/09

... In February, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus stood trial for six weeks in Washington, D.C., accused by animal-rights groups of violations of the Endangered Species Act. In a press release, Nicole Paquette of Born Free USA said the court considered testimony from former Ringling Bros. employees alleging that Ringling keeps elephants chained often for more than 26 hours at a time and as many as 100 hours straight, and that elephants suffer from bleeding wounds after being beaten with bull hooks. ...

The greatest sham on Earth
D.A. Kolodenko
San Diego Citybeat


BFUSA's Engebretson Talks About Her 'Lucky' Book

Published 07/27/09

Born Free USA Senior Program Associate Monica Engebretson, in a "Sacramento & Co." interview on the ABC affiliate in Sacramento, talks about her book "Lucky," which tells the story of an exotic bird that was taken into captivity in order to spread awareness about what can happen when birds don't fly free.

Link: KTTA Channel 10


Spreading the Story of Lucky

Published 07/27/09

In this 5-minute news video, Born Free USA's Monica Engebretson talks about her book, Lucky, about the true story of the lorikeet on whom the book is bades, the plight of captive birds, and Born Free USA's work in addressing that.

The Story of "Lucky"
Sacramento & Co.
news10.net

This Book Is for the Birds!

Published 07/27/09

While traveling in Indonesia six years ago, Senior Program Associate Monica Engebretson aided in the release of a wild-caught parrot — a rainbow lorikeet — who had been chained to a perch for more than a year. He paced back and forth on that tiny perch, occasionally biting at the chain in defiance of its authority, and when he called out in vain to birds flying free over head, it was heartbreaking. He was just one bird out of millions who suffer the same fate as a result of the “pet” bird trade. But “Lucky,” as Monica and her associates called him, deserved to be free. He suffered. And their hearts went out to him.

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New Video Shows Ringling Elephant Abuse

Published 07/23/09

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals on Wednesday released what it says is a secretly recorded video showing handlers striking Ringling Bros. circus elephants backstage. PETA says someone affiliated with the group made the recording during a circus tour earlier this year. A Ringling spokeswoman denied PETA's abuse claims. "Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey loves its elephants," she said.

Born Free USA is currently waiting for a ruling on our lawsuit against Ringling for just such abuse.

PETA: Video shows Ringling Bros. abusing animals
Associated Press


A real danger

Published 07/15/09

... "The private ownership of dangerous reptiles such as pythons obviously presents a real danger," said Nicole Paquette, Born Free USA senior vice president and general counsel. ...

Burmese Pythons: When 'Pets' Turn Deadly
The Ledger (Lakeland, FL)

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

Published 07/10/09

The excitement and bluster of a wild week for elephants, tigers, rhinos, great apes, and other species now wanes in the final day of the CITES Standing Committee meeting. While the Committee reviews reports from the week, my thoughts start churning in anticipation of the next international wildlife trade event — the 15th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES in Doha, Qatar next March. There is such an incredible amount of work to do in the next eight months!

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

Published 07/09/09

It’s a good news / bad news day from the conference centre in Geneva. Which do you want first?

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