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For Immediate Release: 01/25/12

Born Free USA Part of Rescue Mission Following Mississippi Roadside Zoo Probe

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.

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For Immediate Release: 01/20/12

Born Free USA Leads Initiative in Hawaii to Protect Bears from Global Trade

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. Throughout the U.S. mainland, bears are killed for their gallbladders and bile. Hawaii is one of the few states that still allow trade of bear gallbladders. Although Hawaii lacks a wild bear population, this allowance — and the state’s location &mdash, could encourage bear poaching globally, compromises bans already in place on the mainland, and puts bears everywhere at risk.

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For Immediate Release: 01/20/12

Born Free USA’s Fourth Annual Fashion Competition for Eco-Friendly Designers Announced

Independent fashion designers are invited to enter their fur free fashions in the fourth annual Born Free USA fffashion competition for a chance to win prizes, significantly boost their fashion career, be featured in a national magazine, and help promote the ethical and environmental benefits of fur free fashion.

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For Immediate Release: 01/12/12

Born Free USA Leads Initiative to Protect Vermont Bears

Vermont Is One of Only Six States Left With Largely Unrestricted Sale of Bear Gallbladders

Throughout the United States, bears are killed for their gallbladders and bile. Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, is urging Vermont lawmakers to join the majority of states in the country that prohibit the trade in bear gallbladders. Vermont is one of only six states (Maine, Rhode Island, New York, Wyoming and Idaho) that freely allow the trade, which encourages bear poaching, puts bears everywhere at risk, and compromises bans already in place in neighboring states.

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For Immediate Release: 01/10/12

Born Free USA Applauds Antelope Protections

Born Free USA applauds the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for publishing a new rule eliminating a shocking regulation that exempted captive-bred African antelopes (scimitar-horned oryx, addax, and dama gazelles) listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) from ESA protections (“Antelope Rule”).

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For Immediate Release: 12/29/11

10th Anniversary of National Bird Day Is Jan. 5, 2012

Born Free USA’s 2012 National Bird Day to Focus on Exotic Bird Trade, Pet Birds and Protecting Wild Birds from Window Strikes

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, is the 10th anniversary of National Bird Day, a time when Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, shines a spotlight on issues critical to the protection and survival of birds.

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For Immediate Release: 12/22/11

Austrian Decision Forces U.K. Government’s Hand on Future Use of Wild Animals in Circuses

From the Born Free Foundation:

A landmark judgement by the Austrian Constitutional Court in Vienna on Dec. 21 to reject a challenge by Germany’s Circus Krone to Austria’s decision to ban the use of wild animals in circuses could, at last, bring an end to this controversial and widely rejected form of animal exploitation in England.

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For Immediate Release: 12/13/11

Following Zanesville, OH, Exotic Animal Tragedy and Ongoing Epidemic of Dangerous Exotics as ‘Pets,’ Born Free USA Urges Pennsylvania Lawmakers to Ban Private Possession of Crocodilians

With no restrictions or oversight on the private possession of dangerous crocodilians (alligators, crocodiles, caimans and gavials), Pennsylvania has become a popular safe haven for owners of crocodilians, an activity that would be prohibited in other states. In the aftermath of October’s Zanesville, Ohio exotics animal tragedy, and at the urging of Born Free USA, state Representative Mike Carroll (D-118) has introduced House Bill 2063, an initiative aimed at banning the private possession of crocodilians in Pennsylvania.

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