Born Free USA, the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund commend U.S. Reps. Michael Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., for introducing H.R. 4306, the Captive Primate Safety Act, which amends the Lacey Act to prohibit interstate commerce in monkeys, apes and other nonhuman primates for the exotic pet trade.
Born Free USA Leads Urgent Initiative in Connecticut to Protect Children and Animals from Leghold Traps
Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, is urging Connecticut lawmakers to pass legislation addressing the use of barbaric leghold traps, especially in areas frequented by children and families’ animal companions. Leghold traps are freely allowed in Connecticut, with the only requirements being that they are padded when set on land and that they are set 100 feet away from buildings located on some private lands.
Sharon and Kelly Osbourne to Judge Born Free USA's Fourth Annual Fashion Competition for Animal-Friendly Designers
Washington D.C., March 1, 2012 - - Television personality, talk show host, manager, producer, author and philanthropist Sharon Osbourne and her daughter, singer, actress and fashion designer Kelly Osbourne have signed on today to serve as judges for the fourth annual Born Free USA fffashion Competition.
Congressman McKeon and Congresswoman Sanchez Introduce Bipartisan "Big Cats and Public Safety Protection" Act
Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-CA) and Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) introduced the "Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act." Unfortunately, an alarming number of wild cats have been bred and sold as domestic pets in the U.S. This trend threatens public safety and often results in the mistreatment of these animals. Just recently, the tragic events in Zanesville, Ohio, where 49 wild animals were killed after they were let loose on an unlicensed wild animal preserve, showcases the dangerous implications of this trend. Currently, only nine states have laws enforcing "no wild animals permitted," and the remaining states have weak or no laws in existence. This bi-partisan bill will ensure that lions, tigers and other dangerous big cats, do not threaten public safety, diminish global big cat conservation efforts, or end up living in horrible conditions where they can be subject to mistreatment and cruelty.
Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, is urging Hawaii lawmakers to join the majority of U.S. states that fully prohibit the trade in bear gallbladders. On Tuesday, Feb. 21, House Bill 2296 passed the House Judiciary Committee with a unanimous vote (14 yes, 0 no, 1 absent). On Feb. 10, Senate Bill 2232 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with a unanimous vote (3-0-2).
Both bills now head to the floor of each chamber.
As Trapping Season Comes to a Close, Born Free USA Reports Possible Record High in Non-Targeted Animals Being Crushed
Millions of fur-bearing animals are barbarically killed each year in body-crushing traps set for recreational and commercial purposes, fueling a highly unregulated industry that dates back to the 1600s. Born Free USA, a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, estimates that in addition to those animals, there are hundreds of thousands of non-targeted animals who are the unintended victims of these traps.
Born Free USA Leads Historic Initiative Restricting Private Possession of Dangerous Exotic Animals in West Virginia
West Virginia is one of only eight states left (the others being Alabama, Idaho, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and Wisconsin) lacking any restriction or oversight for the private possession of exotic animals. Born Free USA, a recognized leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, is working to put an end to the epidemic of exotic animals as “pets” in this country.
The Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary has agreed to rescue an abused macaque found living in horrendous conditions at the Collins Zoo in Collins, MS, after an undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States revealed serious animal welfare issues and public safety concerns at the facility. Born Free USA is working with HSUS to coordinate the safe transfer of the animal tonight from Collins to the sanctuary in Dilley, Texas.