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For Immediate Release: 09/11/14

Born Free USA Supports Representative Peter DeFazio’s New Bill to Deter Ivory Trade

Introduced today, TUSKER Act will sanction countries implicated in ivory trade

Washington, D.C. -- Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, applauds Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) for introducing a bill today that will enhance America’s ability to deter nations from allowing ivory trade to flourish. The Targeted Use of Sanctions for Killing Elephants in their Range (TUSKER) Act will require certain nations to work with the U.S. on anti-poaching efforts, or face sanctions if they fail to cooperate. Illegal trafficking in ivory is directly responsible for shocking declines in elephant populations in recent years, and this bill is a crucial step toward reducing the threat to elephants on the ground.

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For Immediate Release: 08/27/14

Groundbreaking Report Commissioned by Born Free USA Uncovers Ivory Supply Chain from Poached African Elephants to Markets in Asia

“Chinese traffickers are present in virtually every African range state, and operate at nearly every point along the ivory supply chain,” according to new report

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Born Free USA and C4ADS released a groundbreaking report, Out of Africa: Mapping the Global Trade in Illicit Elephant Ivory, which focuses on the ivory supply chain and the trafficking of ivory from the bush in Africa to retail markets tens of thousands of miles away in Asia. This information comes four months after the groups’ shocking report, Ivory’s Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa, which detailed the poaching crisis and its links to violent militias, organized crime, and government corruption. View the full report at www.bornfreeusa.org/OutOfAfrica.

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For Immediate Release: 08/25/14

Born Free USA, PETA, and Public Protest Exotic Animal Rides at Maryland Renaissance Festival

Demonstrators urge festival to end exploitative elephant and camel rides

Washington, D.C.-- Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, joined People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in hosting a demonstration on Saturday, August 23, protesting the Maryland Renaissance Festival’s use of exotic animals. For several years, the festival has offered rides on live elephants and camels. This exhibit contributes to inhumane treatment of these animals, and also poses a serious threat to public safety.

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For Immediate Release: 08/13/14

Born Free USA Commends New York Governor Cuomo for Signing Historic Bill Restricting Ivory and Rhino Horn Trade

New York is largest ivory market in the nation, says Born Free CEO

Washington, D.C. -- Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing a significant wildlife conservation bill into law today, A. 10143. Introduced by Assemblyman Robert Sweeney (D-11) and Senators Andrew Lanza (R-24) and Tony Avella (D-11), the bill seeks to reduce the trade in ivory and rhinoceros horn. Illegal trafficking of these products is directly responsible for shocking declines in wild populations in recent years.

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For Immediate Release: 08/12/14

Born Free USA Applauds New York Governor for Signing Bill to End Irresponsible Public Contact with Exotic Cats

Washington, D.C. -- Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, commends Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing compassionate legislation into law today. S. 6903, introduced by long-time animal champion Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-67) and Senator Tony Avella (D-11), will prohibit direct contact between people and big cats.

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For Immediate Release: 08/05/14

Born Free USA Applauds New Jersey for Enacting Historic Ban on Ivory and Rhino Horn Trade

New Jersey has emerged as a powerful leader, says Born Free CEO

Washington, D.C. -– Governor Chris Christie signed S. 2012 into law today, ending the sale of ivory and rhinoceros horn in New Jersey. This bill, introduced by Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-20) and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33) and endorsed by Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, sets a historic precedent for state action on the devastating wildlife parts trade.

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For Immediate Release: 07/30/14

Born Free USA Celebrates Senate Committee Passage of Captive Primate Safety Act, which Prohibits Interstate Commerce of Primates as Pets

Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary is home to more than 600 primates, many of whom were rescued from private hands

Washington, D.C. -- Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, applauds the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works for again passing the Captive Primate Safety Act (S. 1463). The bill prohibits interstate commerce of monkeys, apes, and other primates for the exotic pet trade.

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For Immediate Release: 07/29/14

Born Free USA and The Born Free Foundation Call for Global Action to End Tiger Farming on International Tiger Day

Washington, D.C. -- Today, on International Tiger Day, a shocking new report, entitled Caged Assets: Tiger Farming and Trade, co-authored by the international wildlife charity, The Born Free Foundation, shines the spotlight on tiger ‘farming,’ as the species heads towards extinction in the wild.

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