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For Immediate Release: 04/23/08

California Animal Association announces 2007 legislators of the year

Sacramento, CA — The California Animal Association (CAA) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2007 Legislator of the Year award: Senator Sheila James Kuehl (D-23) and Assembly Member Mark DeSaulnier (D-11).

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For Immediate Release: 04/17/08

Officials to confiscate animals from embattled Ohio exotic animal owner

25+ year offender of federal animal welfare laws will never keep exotic animals again

Akron, OHBorn Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA) is applauding a Summit County judge’s order to permanently confiscate exotic wild animals being kept in deplorable conditions by Lorenza Pearson, owner of L&L Exotics Animal Farm (L&L Exotics) in Copley Township, OH. Judge Judy Hunter also permanently banned Pearson from possessing exotic animals.

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For Immediate Release: 04/16/08

Monkey killing sparks new calls for legislation banning the keeping of nonhuman primates as pets in Michigan

Officials ignored requests for information, offers for help, and important medical information

Detroit, MI — Following the needless killing of a pet monkey named Mikey by Wayne County officials over the weekend, Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA), a national animal advocacy organization, is calling upon Michigan legislators to ban the keeping of nonhuman primates as pets in Michigan. Mikey was killed after he bit a young girl while being walked in public on a leash.

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For Immediate Release: 04/11/08

Stay of execution urged for monkey who bit child

Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary offers lifetime care for confiscated macaque

Trenton, MI — Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA), a national animal advocacy organization, is calling upon public health officials to publicly declare that they will not kill Mikey, the monkey who bit a six-year-old Trenton girl earlier this week. The monkey’s owner was walking him on a leash outside a church when the incident occurred.

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For Immediate Release: 04/07/08

Orlando urged to save Prada

Born Free USA offers lifetime care for rescued monkey

Orlando, FL — Born Free USA is offering to re-home Prada, a “pet” monkey who escaped from an apartment building in Orlando on Friday, at its Primate Sanctuary near San Antonio, Texas. The Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary is home to more than 500 macaques, baboons, and vervets, many of whom came from deplorable or inappropriate private homes or businesses. It is one of the very few in the U.S. that provide large, free-ranging, natural enclosures. The Sanctuary features 186 acres of dense vegetation with several ponds. The majority of monkeys live freely in these enclosures with minimum human interference.

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For Immediate Release: 03/31/08

Court Rules in Favor of Threatened Lynx

Minnesota's State Trapping Program Violates Endangered Species Act

Minneapolis, MN — A federal judge today ruled that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is in violation of the Endangered Species Act for allowing trappers to set traps and snares that catch, injure, and kill Canada lynx, a protected species. The case was filed on behalf of Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA) and the Center for Biological Diversity. The court ordered the state to take all action necessary to ensure that no further takings of lynx will occur by trapping activities within core lynx habitat.

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For Immediate Release: 03/12/08

Change in regulations demanded after killing of Spokane monkey

Hundreds of primates kept as pets in WA; dogs and cats not killed, why monkeys?

Seattle, WA — After the pointless killing of an innocent monkey in Spokane, Born Free USA united with the Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA), a national animal advocacy organization, is calling upon Washington public health officials to review its rabies kill plans.

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For Immediate Release: 03/12/08

State Lawmakers to Hear Arguments on Exotic Animal Legislation

Proposed Bill would Ban the Keeping of Dangerous Wild Animals as “Pets”

Raleigh, NC — On March 13, 2008, the Joint Select Committee on Inherently Dangerous Animals will hold a public hearing to investigate the public safety and animal welfare incidents associated with private ownership of dangerous wild animals.

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