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Wear Your Compassion on Your Sleeve!

Published 05/20/14

Several populations of African lions face imminent danger of extinction due to trophy hunting, loss of habitat and prey species, commercial trade, retaliatory killings, and other human-caused factors. Want to help spread the message that lions are endangered? Born Free USA has teamed up once again with FLOAT Apparel to launch the “Endangered” campaign with limited-edition t-shirts! For each shirt sold, FLOAT will donate $8 to Born Free USA. Act now; they're only available until Monday, May 26 at 12:00pm EDT!


How Wildlife Crime Links Us All to Conflicts in Africa

Published 05/19/14

Like many terrorist organizations in Africa, Boko Haram—who just abducted 200 girls in Nigeria—is funded by sales of illegal ivory. According to a recent report from Born Free USA and data analyst C4ADS, ivory has become the "bush currency" militants, terrorists, and rebels use to buy weapons and fund operations. Government corruption is thought to play its part, too.

Link: New Scientist

Oregon’s Legendary Wandering Wolf May Have Met a Mate

Published 05/16/14

OR-7, a long-wandering wolf, left his pack in northeast Oregon and traveled to California to seek new territory—and a mate. Now, it seems he may have met his match. If he has procreated, this would be the first known wolf breeding in the Oregon Cascades since the early 1900s.

Link: NPR


Ivory Trade Funds War and Terrorism

Published 05/15/14

Four elephants are killed in Africa every hour for ivory. Highly organized transnational crime syndicates and militias run the poaching operations and reap the lion’s share of the profits, fueling terrorism and war. Born Free USA commissioned C4ADS to write Ivory’s Curse, a detailed report that reveals the complexities of this web of slaughter, conflict, and corruption.

Link: New Scientist

Be Inspired by "Elsa's Legacy: The Born Free Story"

Published 05/14/14

Learn about Born Free—and the importance of protecting wildlife—with an educational, inspirational DVD. “Elsa’s Legacy: The Born Free Story” is a 60-minute, one disc DVD that was featured on PBS’s “Nature” series in January 2011. It's a story that simply must be told, and it sends a warning roar across the airwaves that we are perilously close to losing the world’s wild places and wild animals.

Reports of Using Live Mammals as Bait Prompt Push for New Law

Published 05/14/14

South Dakota game officials are pushing to outlaw the use of live mammals—including domestic cats, rabbits, and birds—as bait to trap coyotes and bobcats. Luckily, representatives from trapping and fur-harvesting organizations agree. The South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Commission proposed a ban this month, and a public hearing on the proposal is set for June 5.

Link: Rapid City Journal

West Hollywood Upholds Ban on Fur Sales

Published 05/12/14

When West Hollywood, California banned the sale of all animal fur products in 2013, animal advocates rejoiced—but fur industry representatives and retailers complained. One particular retailer, Mayfair House, even filed a lawsuit against the city. Thankfully, Mayfair’s challenge has just been struck down.

Link: One Green Planet


Animal Advocates Stand Up for Bobcats in Illinois

Published 05/09/14

On Illinois Voices for Animals Day (May 7), a coalition of four animal advocacy organizations—including Born Free USA—mobilized approximately 100 people to speak with legislators in opposition to H.B. 4226, which would allow bobcat hunting in Illinois for the first time in more than 40 years. Kate Dylewsky, Program Associate at Born Free USA, explained that this event “presents an opportunity for constituents to connect with their legislators on issues that really matter to them.”

Link: The State Journal-Register

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