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For Immediate Release: 09/01/11

Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary and Dane County Humane Society (Wis.) Join Forces to Help Baboon, Once Kept in Basement, Find Permanent Home

Baboon Journey from Wisconsin to Texas Set This Week

The 3-year-old baboon who was surrendered to Dane County (Wisconsin) Animal Services at the beginning of August left Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) on Monday, Aug. 29, to be transported to the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley, Texas. Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary is located on 186 acres near San Antonio and is home to more than 500 primates, many of whom were rescued from laboratories, roadside zoos and private possession

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For Immediate Release: 08/29/11

Fishy Export Hides Bloody Secret

Enormous Ivory Haul Reveals Shocking Levels Of Elephant Poaching In Africa

Leading conservationists were left stunned by news from Tanzania that 1,041 elephant tusks have been seized by authorities in an operation at the port of Zanzibar on Aug. 23. The tusks had been hidden among sacks of dried fish, in a shipment reportedly destined for Malaysia.

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For Immediate Release: 07/27/11

Congresswoman Takes Action to End use of Body-Gripping Traps in National Wildlife Refuge System

Born Free USA, Leader in Wildlife Conservation, Applauds Legislation to Ban Traps that Kill Wildlife and Put Non-Targeted Animals and Humans at Risk

Born Free USA, a national leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, congratulates Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) for introducing legislation to ban the use of body-gripping traps within federally protected wildlife refuges.

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For Immediate Release: 07/19/11

Bonfire of the Vanities

Ivory to Go Up in Smoke: Elephant Poaching Escalates

Manyani, Tsavo West National Park, Kenya — In an effort to draw the world’s attention to the impact of poaching on Africa’s elephants, the Lusaka Agreement Task Force will host the burning of 5 tons of seized ivory in Tsavo National Park on Wednesday (July 20, 2011).

The ivory, which originated in Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania, was confiscated during a notorious 2002 seizure in Singapore.

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For Immediate Release: 07/06/11

U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to End Trade in Primates as ‘Pets’

Animal Welfare Groups Support Legislation to Protect Primates and People from Dangerous and Inhumane Trade

The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund and Born Free USA commend Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., David Vitter, R-La., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., for introducing S. 1324, the Captive Primate Safety Act, to prohibit interstate commerce of monkeys, apes and other nonhuman primates in the exotic pet trade.

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For Immediate Release: 06/09/11

Keep Wildlife in the Wild Week is June 20-24

Join Ricky Gervais, Florence Henderson and other Stars in Advancing the Cause!

Born Free USA’s third annual Keep Wildlife in the Wild Week, June 20-24, is designed to encourage people to protect wild animals in their own backyards and around the globe. The official weeklong “call to action” (supported by celebrities such as Ricky Gervais) includes advice, educational tools and online activities to engage adults and children to become more aware and protective of animals in the wild.

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For Immediate Release: 06/02/11

Initial Deadline to Protect African Lions Missed

Wednesday, June 1, 2011, marked the passing of the 90-day deadline for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make its initial response to a petition seeking protection for African lions under the Endangered Species Act. The petition was filed on March 1 by a coalition of wildlife groups including Born Free USA/Born Free Foundation, Defenders of Wildlife and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

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For Immediate Release: 05/10/11

Protect People, Wildlife and Companion Animals, Pennsylvania!

Born Free USA Petitions State’s Game Commission to Change Animal Trapping Regulations

On May 10, 2011, Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, petitioned the Pennsylvania Game Commission to prohibit the use of body-gripping and Conibear traps by animal trappers on public lands, and to prohibit the use of cable restraints (“snares”) altogether. The petition also asks that trappers be required to employ an efficient and less-cruel method of killing trapped animals; to report the number and type of non-targeted animals caught by traps (often cats and dogs); and for traps to be checked at least once every 24 hours.

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