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Ringling deflecting public attention

Published 10/07/08

A Ringling “news” video shows Ringling elephants “choosing the next president.”

Will Travers, CEO of Born Free USA united with API, responds, “Captive elephants (carefully marshaled by employees wielding sharp, steel-tipped bullhooks) ‘choosing the next President’ may seem like typical piece of election season ‘fluff’, but not even this latest gimmick from Ringling can deflect public attention away from the real Headline News — that in less than 2 weeks the most famous Circus in the world will stand before Washington DC Court to answer allegations of cruelty and abuse of endangered Asian elephants.”

Better animal protection laws needed

Published 10/06/08

The "contemptible" practice of keeping elephants in captivity and the breeding programs that force elephants to live an unnatural life for their entire existence ... might explain the bizarre behavior exhibited by Rose-Tu toward her newborn. But there may be another reason: The abuse she suffered eight years ago at the hands of one of her Oregon Zoo handlers may have compromised her ability to interact normally with her calf.

Born Free USA united with API knows that elephants don't belong in the zoo.

The lesson of Rose-Tu and her calf
Guest Opinion
Pamela Frasch
The Oregonian

Another victory in the courts for wolves

Published 10/02/08

In a victory for environmentalists, a federal judge has returned the gray wolf in the Upper Midwest to federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. The four environmental groups that filed the lawsuit included the Humane Society of the United States, Help Our Wolves Live, the Animal Protection Institute, and the Friends of Animals and Their Environment.

Gray wolf gets back on the protected list
Tom Meersman
Star Tribune

Another Elephant Dies at the Zoo

Published 09/29/08

Misha the elephant died Sept. 9 in a cinder-block building at Utah's Hogle Zoo, her most recent home. No one is certain yet of what caused her sudden downturn, at what could be described as "middle age" for an elephant. But one of Misha's former trainers has a strong suspicion: "She lost her will."

Born Free USA united with API knows that captivity is no place for an elephant.

Misha endured a tragic life - and she wasn't unique
Matthew D. LaPlante
The Reporter (Vacaville, CA)

Covering up a Tiger Attack

Published 09/23/08

The owners of an exotic animal park and one of its board members have been charged with evidence tampering for allegedly trying to cover up a tiger attack on a volunteer. The owners of Wesa-A-Geh-Ya in Warren County, Kenneth and Sandra Smith, and the board member, Roy Elder, initially led the sheriff’s department to believe that a pit bull attacked the volunteer, Jacob Barr, who had part of his leg amputated after the Aug. 3 mauling. Mr. Elder and Ms. Smith are accused of lying to investigators by saying a dog attacked Mr. Barr. Mr. Smith, who shot and killed the tiger, is accused of participating in a cover-up by moving its body to a different location. Ms. Smith said she had misled investigators because she feared that the park’s animals would be euthanized if the authorities learned the truth.

Missouri: Animal Park Owners Charged
Associated Press
The New York Times

Giving up “pet” reptiles without facing a penalty

Published 09/19/08

Residents who own reptiles that are not native to Florida can now give up their pets without facing a penalty whenever they want — instead of releasing them into the Everglades. The new rules expand a series of pet amnesty events so pet owners can surrender their unwanted pets to a wildlife sanctuary instead of illegally releasing them.

Born Free USA united with API believes that wildlife belongs in the wild, not in private possession. Releasing animals to sanctuaries is a much better alternative to keeping exotic “pets” in substandard housing, with their dietary and psychological needs poorly met, if at all.

New rules set for owners of exotic pets in Florida
The Associated Press
Miami Herald

Not everyone is thrilled that the circus is in town

Published 09/11/08

Not everyone is thrilled that the circus is in town. "If people knew what went on behind the big top, they should be outraged about the cruelty that goes on, and they should not patronize any circus that uses animals, especially Ringling Brothers," said Nicole Paquette, senior vice president of Born Free USA. Born Free USA is one of four plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit against the circus contending that the treatment of the elephants is cruel and should be considered a violation of the Endangered Species Act.

Circus sued over treatment of elephants
Blair Anthony Robertson
Sacramento Bee

Wild animals should not be a part of the circus

Published 09/08/08

Wild animals should not be a part of the circus, Lisa Weisberg, legal consultant for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said. The association, along with The Fund for Animals and the Animal Protection Institute, will battle Ringling Bros. in federal court in October, citing violations of the Endangered Species Act. “They don’t want the public to know what really goes on behind the scenes,” Weisberg said, adding the plaintiffs have “incredible evidence.” The goal is to start enforcing existing laws and hopefully the trial will educate the public enough to not patronize these events.

Why not to go to the circus
Tara Bozick
Victoria Advocate

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