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For Immediate Release: 07/11/14

Charla Nash, Born Free USA, Humane Society of the United States Speak out on Capitol Hill

Washington D.C. -- Charla Nash, Born Free USA, and The Humane Society of the United States met with members of Congress yesterday to advocate for the passage of the Captive Primate Safety Act (H.R. 2856/S. 1463). If passed, the Captive Primate Safety Act will ban the interstate commerce of monkeys, apes and other primates for the exotic pet trade.

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For Immediate Release: 07/09/14

Born Free Cheetahs Grab World Cup Action

Washington D.C., -- In celebration of the World Cup, Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation released a video today on YouTube featuring nine rescued cheetah cubs playing soccer with their newly acquired Boomer Balls (donated by Wolters Kluwer). Filmed at Born Free’s Ensessakoteh Wildlife Rescue, Conservation and Education Centre in Ethiopia, the game allows the cheetah residents the opportunity to stretch their legs, learn some essential survival skills, and have fun.

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For Immediate Release: 06/30/14

Born Free Launches Global Campaign to Keep Cheetahs Off Chains

International animal welfare charity rescues another cheetah from pet trade while calling for action to stop cheetah poaching

Washington, D.C. – Today, Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, global leaders in wildlife conservation and animal welfare, called on international leaders to act swiftly to save the cheetah, in advance of the Meeting of the Standing Committee to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Born Free will have a delegation in Geneva, Switzerland July 7 to July 11, 2014, when CITES delegates will meet to discuss the illegal trade in cheetahs and the threats facing the species.

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For Immediate Release: 06/25/14

Pressure Mounts to Protect Wildlife in Trade at Upcoming International Wildlife Meeting

Born Free USA CEO weighs in on CITES meeting July 7 to 11

Washington, D.C. -- Citizens from all 180 nations represented at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) will monitor the upcoming deliberations of the CITES Standing Committee in Geneva (July 7 to 11, 2014) where decision-makers and politicians will meet to debate the future of some of the planet’s most threatened species.

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For Immediate Release: 06/16/14

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

S. 2012/A. 3128 will prohibit sale of ivory and rhino horn

Washington, DC -- Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, commends the New Jersey legislature for passing S. 2012/A. 3128. Introduced by Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-20) and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33), the bill seeks to eliminate the trade in ivory and rhinoceros horn. Illegal trafficking of these wildlife products is directly responsible for shocking declines in wild populations in recent years, and this bill is a crucial step toward reducing the target market.

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For Immediate Release: 06/12/14

Born Free USA and The Born Free Foundation React to Parliamentary Report on ‘Pet’ Primates

Born Free CEO Adam M. Roberts cautiously welcomes recognition of problem in the UK, but urges swift action on ‘pet’ primates

Washington, D.C. -– Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, global leaders in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, this week cautiously welcomed a report from the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee regarding the keeping of primates as pets, and urged swift action to implement a nationwide UK prohibition on the dangerous private ownership of these animals.

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For Immediate Release: 04/21/14

New Report Commissioned by Born Free USA Confirms Organized Crime, Government Corruption, and Militia Links to Elephant Poaching and the Ivory Trade

"Ivory’s Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa” reveals similarity between the illicit networks that enable terrorism, weapons, human trafficking, and ivory commercialization

Washington D.C.-- Today, Born Free USA and C4ADS released “Ivory’s Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa,” one of the most shocking, rigorous and in-depth analyses of elephant poaching and the ivory trade to date. The report examines links to violent militias, organized crime, government corruption, and ivory trade to Asia. It further exposes the widespread transnational illicit participants deeply interwoven into the system that moves ivory. The full report is available at www.bornfreeusa.org/ivoryscurse.

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For Immediate Release: 03/24/14

Swinging for Spring!

Rare video shows 12-year-old snow monkey enjoying some swing time at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Texas; life far from her days as someone's pet

Washington D.C. -- Tamae, a 12-year-old Japanese Macaque living at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley, Texas, was spotted swinging on the first day of spring at her favorite spot on the 186-acre facility, which provides a permanent home for 630 residents—many of whom were rescued from roadside zoos, research facilities, or private possession. The video can be seen at http://youtu.be/C_7g2cbJ4v4.

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