While the article "On the Other Tightrope" framed the debate about circuses' treatment of animals in general terms and mentioned a pending federal lawsuit, it failed to point out what the evidence against Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is. Ringling Bros. employees have repeatedly been documented hitting elephants with bull hooks. Ringling Bros. elephants are kept chained all the time except when performing; in one documented case, elephants were chained for 77 consecutive hours. This is just the tip of the iceberg of information presented in the lawsuit. Abusing elephants with bull hooks and chains, which is standard industry practice, is simply unacceptable.
Elephants and Ethics at the Circus
Letter to the Editor
Nicole G. Paquette, Esq.
Senior Vice President, Born Free USA
The Washington Post
A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service program beginning next Spring will kill ravens caught preying on desert tortoises threatened with extinction. USFWS considered comments by animal advocacy groups to use only non-lethal methods, but that would take too long to have an effect, said a USFWS biologist, adding that the decline of the desert tortoise population needed to be stopped as soon as possible. Non-lethal in the plan including educating the public to place trash in covered garbage bins and not to over-irrigate lawns so that pools of water can be used by ravens for drinking. Monica Engebretson, senior program associate with Born Free USA united with API, said she hoped the program would have included methods to prevent raven eggs from hatching and efforts to pass ordinances that would fine residents for not properly taking care of their garbage or lawns so that the effort is taken seriously.
Plan calls for killing ravens to save desert tortoise
Trapping and snaring in the "core" habitat of the Canada lynx in Minnesota violated the Endangered Species Act, a federal judge said in a ruling published Monday. U.S. District Judge Michael Davis ordered the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to "promptly take all action necessary to [ensure] no further taking of threatened Canada lynx." Davis said the DNR must apply by the end of April for a special permit regulating incidental takings of Canada lynx. The ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed in 2006 by the Animal Protection Institute (now called Born Free USA) and the Center for Biological Diversity. According to the plaintiffs, trappers injured or killed at least 13 Canada lynx from 2002 to 2005.
DNR is told to put a stop to trapping Canada lynx
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore could lose its national accreditation unless the aging facility fixes a litany of expensive problems stemming from years of financial struggles. Born Free USA united with API charts incidents at AZA-accredited facilities involving animal escapes and other dangerous occurrences.
Zoo accreditation in jeopardy
After years of receiving citations and fines from state and federal wildlife officials, the owner of the Horseshoe Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, for big cats, bears, and other exotic animals has decided to close it. He expected the USDA to revoke his exhibitor's license in the next several days but chose to close the sanctuary's gates early. Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute aims to reduce the suffering of captive exotic animals. See our online report, "A Life Sentence."
Polk Wildlife Sanctuary Closes
The Tampa Tribune
The zebras made a run for it. Spotting a door ajar, three striped members of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus broke out yesterday from their temporary home in Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena.
Three circus zebras escape
A chiropractor who is also the owner and operator of Snowflake Farms, a zoo that features a wide array of animals including leopards, giraffes, zebras, monkeys and wildebeests, has been given 60 days to figure out what to do with his exotic animals before he goes to federal prison.
Scott County Chiropractor Sentenced for Fraud, Must Get Rid of Zoo Animals
Bristol Herald Courier