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The circus sends kids the wrong message about animals

Published 08/13/10

What are we teaching children when we take them to watch animals be exploited for a few minutes of "entertainment"? Teaching children to be kind and considerate of animals not only creates a sensitivity and respect for animals, but as they grow into adults, those feelings manifest themselves in respectful and considerate interaction with each other. Isn't that what we human beings should be striving for in our lives?

Link: San Jose Mercury News

Presenting the 2010 second annual fffashion design contest winners!

Published 08/12/10

Green Organic Cotton Gown by Tammy Apostol

Born Free USA and E Magazine are proud to announce the 2010 winners of the second annual fffashion — the fur-free fashion design competition promoting the ethical and environmental benefits of forgoing fur fashions. Winners were chosen by a celebrity panel of judges and, this year, a "Green Award" was added. Check out our winners, including the Top 10. Of course, the furbearing animals are the big winners as more people learn how fabulous and fun forgoing fur can be!

Victory for Wolves!

Published 08/06/10

A federal judge in Montana has stopped the killing of wolves in Montana and Idaho by ordering the wolves put back on the federal threatened list.

Judge Molloy ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had illegally stripped the northern Rockies gray wolf of its Endangered Species Act protections in 2009 by relying on political, rather than biological, reasoning.

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Pack up your pachyderms, B.C. tells American circus

Enviro officials cite lax safety under the big top

Published 08/06/10

While protecting the circus-going public is laudable (the risk is real) it’s clear to informed and compassionate people that circuses make play-things out of animals who are forced to perform silly stunts and degrading acts, and are far too often abused behind the scenes and kept in close confinement. The new law is a good step in the right direction by British Columbia, and three cheers for its prompt enforcement.

Link: http://www.theprovince.com

Join us for an evening of entertainment

Published 08/04/10

Suzanne Ciani

Born Free USA cordially invites you to a benefit concert, For the Love of Animals, featuring a brilliant solo performance by award-winning New Age pianist Suzanne Ciani.

The benefit concert will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 in the International House Auditorium on the University of California, Berkeley campus.

Learn more about the event and how to purchase tickets »

N.J. authorizes hunting of black bears

Published 08/04/10

Once again the overpopulation excuse is provided for allowing the hunt; this time for black bears in New Jersey. As we know, the biological truth is that animals regulate their own populations, based upon available food and habitat. In nature, unaltered by humans, there is no such thing as a "surplus" (or "game") animal. Feel free to let the Department of Environmental Protection commissioner Bob Martin, hear about your disappointment.

Link: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/07/21/NJ-authorizes-hunting-of-black-bears/UPI-65501279747811/

Lion-bone wine latest threat to survival of Africa's big cats

Published 08/04/10

With the recent stories of lion meat burgers being served in the states in "honor" of the recent World Cup it is a little less surprising – but still just as tragic – to hear about another totally unnecessary product threatening lions; tiger-bone wine. That's right, tiger bone wine. Can you believe that lion bones have become a cheap substitute for tiger bones?!

Link: http://blogs.nationalgeographic.com/blogs/news/chiefeditor/2010/07/lion-bone-wine-threatens-big-cats.html

Born Free USA applauds New Mexico Gov. Richardson for ordering temporary trapping ban to protect the Mexican Grey Wolf

Published 08/03/10

The Mexican wolf is one of the most endangered animals in North America. The decline in Mexican wolf population has numerous causes, including targeted killing, disease and genetic problems. By their very design traps are inherently cruel and indiscriminate and pose serious risk to wildlife including threatened and endangered species. This ban although temporary, will go far in protecting the Mexican Grey wolf and will hopefully lead to a permanent trapping ban in wolf territory.

Link: http://www.governor.state.nm.us/press.php?id=1661

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