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For Immediate Release: 11/21/11

Born Free USA to Save 113 Monkeys from Bankrupt Sanctuary

Texas Court OKs Request to Transfer 112 Macaques and One Baboon, Marking One of the Largest Single Macaque Rescues in U.S. History

On Nov. 21, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division, ruled in favor of the transfer of 113 animals — 112 macaques and one baboon — from the now defunct Wild Animal Orphanage (WAO) in San Antonio, Texas, to The Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley, Texas. This is thought to be one of the largest rescues of macaques in history.

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For Immediate Release: 11/21/11

Born Free USA Chooses Most Compassionate Pet Supply Store in the Country

Mounds Pet Warehouse in Sun Prairie, WI, Wins National Contest

The winner of the first Born Free USA Compassionate Pet Supply Store Contest is Mounds Pet Warehouse in Sun Prairie, WI. The contest asked consumers to nominate stores and then vote online for the most compassionate pet supply store.

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For Immediate Release: 11/14/11

New Mexican Public Overwhelmingly Opposed to Traps on Public Lands

Panel Issues Preliminary Findings

The People's Forum Panel on Public Lands Trapping in New Mexico issued an online survey, for the period Oct. 5 to Nov. 5, intended to engage all members of the public on the issue of trapping. More than 2,400 citizens took the survey and the results showed that 90 percent were opposed to public lands trapping.

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For Immediate Release: 10/21/11

Born Free USA Ready to Work with Ohio Governor, Offers Model Legislation on Exotic Pet Ownership Following Today’s Executive Order

In the wake of this week’s Zanesville, OH, wild animal tragedy, today Ohio Gov. John Kasich issued Executive Order 2011-20K, which makes commitments that include working with local humane societies, law enforcement and public officials to approach the issue of regulating ownership of private exotics; rigorously reviewing existing native wild animal permits and auctions; shutting down unlicensed auctions; and confiscating and re-homing exotic animals who have been abused or are kept in substandard conditions.

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For Immediate Release: 10/19/11

Born Free USA Says Wild Animal Incident in Ohio Spotlights the Tragedy and Danger of Keeping Wild Animals in Captivity

Exotic Animal Incidents Online Database Highlights National Epidemic

Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation — and a force in working to keep wildlife in the wild — says Tuesday’s incident in Ohio is devastating for the animals and the public. This morning police are still trying to chase down frightened and confused wild animals, including bears, wolves and tigers, who have escaped from a “private preserve” in Zanesville, Ohio.

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For Immediate Release: 10/17/11

Born Free USA Presents Northern California’s Only Showing of Award-Winning Film One Lucky Elephant

Film Writer/Producer Collisimo, Born Free CEO Travers to Speak At One-Night-Only Screening Oct. 25

On Tuesday, Oct. 25, Born Free USA will host the only Northern California presentation of the award-winning film “One Lucky Elephant.” The film’s writer and producer, Cristina Colissimo, and Born Free’s chief executive officer, Will Travers, will speak and answer questions about the film and about the sad plight of elephants.

The screening will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Guild Theater, 2828 35th St. in Sacramento.

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For Immediate Release: 10/11/11

Story of Elsa the Lioness Wins at Jackson Hole Film Festival

Born Free USA Co-Founder, Legendary Actress Virginia Mckenna, Featured in Winning Film

“Elsa: The Lioness That Changed the World” (Brian Leith Productions/BBC/WNET) captured the prestigious Conservation Hero prize at the 11th Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Awards last week. In the competitive world of documentaries, the work and legacy of pioneering conservationists George and Joy Adamson won plaudits from judges and the public.

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For Immediate Release: 10/04/11

Pennsylvania Game Commission Ignores Urgent Call from Born Free USA for Action to Protect Wildlife

The Pennsylvania Game Commission, the state’s wildlife management agency, made a unanimous decision in Harrisburg Oct. 4 to disregard a petition brought forth by Born Free USA, a national leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, to amend Pennsylvania’s furbearer trapping regulations.

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