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Take Action for Primates

Published 05/30/14

On May 29, Born Free USA CEO Adam M. Roberts spoke at a one-day conference in London to examine whether primates should be kept as pets in the UK.

While monetary gifts to the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary are vital to our caring for the primates, donations of items found on the Sanctuary Wish List are a welcome addition. The monkeys particularly love these shade sails.

The Captive Primate Safety Act (H.R. 2856/S.1463) would prohibit the interstate commerce of primates in the exotic "pet" trade. Urge your U.S. representative and senators to co-sponsor this bill!

The Humane Care for Primates Act (H.R. 3556) would amend Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regulations to allow accredited sanctuaries to import primates from abroad. Tell your representative to support it here!

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Time is Running Out for the Lion... Shirt

Published 05/23/14

Have you grabbed one of the new Born Free USA lion shirts produced by FLOAT yet? This bold, stylish t-shirt will help us spread the message that lions need more protection. For each shirt sold, FLOAT will donate $8 to Born Free USA so that we can continue our fight to save lions. Time is running out, and they are only available through Monday, May 26 at 12:00 PM EDT.

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Beavers Killed for their Fur in Michigan? Urgent Action Needed!

Published 05/21/14

A new bill in the Michigan legislature would increase the number of people who are allowed to trap beavers in the state. It’s bad enough that trappers can be licensed to kill beavers in Michigan, but S.B. 759 would overturn a century-old prohibition by adding fur dealers to those legally authorized to slaughter beavers. This would not only increase cruel trapping incidents, but also endanger the species. Beaver populations have been imperiled in the past, and their numbers may become critically low again. Tell your Michigan state representative that you oppose S.B. 759!

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Louisiana Residents: Speak Up Now for Tony the Truck Stop Tiger!

Published 05/20/14

Louisiana bans nearly all private ownership of big cats. However, a dangerous new bill in the state legislature could undermine these common-sense restrictions, so we need you to speak out now!

The bill, S.B. 250, would singularly appease Michael Sandlin, who has kept Tony the tiger isolated and on display at a truck stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana for more than a decade.

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Stand Up for Endangered African Lions

Published 05/19/14

African lions are in peril. Several populations throughout Africa 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? This bold, stylish t-shirt will do just that.

Born Free USA has teamed up once again with FLOAT Apparel to launch the “Endangered” campaign! For one week only (11:00AM EDT on May 19 - 11:00 AM EDT on May 24), FLOAT will sell this limited edition t-shirt. For each shirt sold, FLOAT will donate $8 to Born Free USA.

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Save the Earth While Saving Animals!

Published 05/16/14

With the Born Free USA paperless Eco-Membership, you'll save animals—and the environment! No checks to mail to us, and we won’t send paper mailings to you. Just sign up today for monthly automated contributions. It couldn’t be easier. And, you can join Born Free USA with a monthly donation of as little as $3 per month.

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Help Us Protect Wyoming's Gray Wolves!

Published 05/13/14

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is proposing to increase the number of wolves that hunters can kill this fall. We need you to let them know why this plan is an egregious mistake!

• There will be a public hearing on their proposal this Thursday, May 15 in Cody (details here). Please attend if you can!

• Want to do more? An online comment period is also open. Please write to your state officials to explain the vulnerability of wolf populations. See our sample comment by clicking the "Read More" link below (which you can either copy or revise with your own words) to submit here by May 30.

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Progress for Elephants, Cheetahs, Lions, and Rhinos

Published 05/08/14

Born Free USA commissioned C4ADS and its expert defense analysts to examine the military, national security, and localized conflict aspects of elephant poaching and the ivory trade. Our groundbreaking report reveals, in detail, the threats to elephants across Africa.

Born Free USA’s CEO, Adam M. Roberts, attended last week’s CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) Animals Committee meeting in Veracruz, Mexico. The meeting had important outcomes for cheetahs and lions.

New Jersey Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-20) has introduced a bill to ban the sale of ivory and rhinoceros horn in the state.

On May 2, Born Free USA hosted "The Art of Wildlife Conservation: A Reception to Benefit Born Free USA" in New York City. The auction event raised more than $9,000 for the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Texas.

We highly recommend the book The Life in My Years by Born Free founder, Virginia McKenna. And, learn even more about Born Free—and the importance of protecting wildlife—with “Elsa’s Legacy: The Born Free Story,” a 60-minute, one disc DVD.

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