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For Immediate Release: 08/13/13

Federal Court Upholds Endangered Listing for Three Antelope Species

Conservation and animal protection groups call on Fish and Wildlife Service to reject future permits for captive hunts of the species

In a blow to trophy hunting interest groups, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia upheld a 2005 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule listing the Scimitar-Horned Oryx, the Addax and the Dama Gazelle as endangered. Defenders of Wildlife, The Humane Society of the United States and Born Free USA applaud the court’s decision requiring FWS to continue to apply the restrictions of the Endangered Species Act to these antelope species, even when they are held in U.S. captive hunting facilities, where shooters pay top dollar to kill captive animals for trophies.

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For Immediate Release: 07/31/13

Animal Protection Organizations Applaud Introduction of the Captive Primate Safety Act

Bill will prohibit interstate commerce in monkeys, apes and other primates

The Humane Society of the United States, Born Free USA, the Jane Goodall Institute, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and International Fund for Animal Welfare applaud U.S. Reps Michael G. Fitzpatrick, R-Pa. and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore. for introducing H.R. 2856, the Captive Primate Safety Act, and urge the bill's swift passage. The bill amends the Lacey Act to prohibit interstate commerce in monkeys, apes and other primates for the exotic pet trade.

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For Immediate Release: 07/10/13

Ethica Joins Born Free USA's Fur Free Retailer Program

Washington, D.C. -- Today, the online retailer Ethica, www.shopethica.com, dedicated to high-style ethical fashion, became a member of the International Fur Free Retailer Program, www.furfreeretailer.com. The announcement was made by Born Free USA and Carolina Cantor, Co-Founder and Fashion Director of the retail website.

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For Immediate Release: 06/18/13

New Report: Economics of Trophy Hunting in Africa Are Overrated and Overstated

WASHINGTON – A new report released today analyzes literature on the economics of trophy hunting and reveals that African countries and rural communities derive very little benefit from trophy hunting revenue. The study, authored by Economists at Large—commissioned by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International and Born Free USA/Born Free Foundation—comes amid consideration to grant the African lion protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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For Immediate Release: 05/30/13

International Animal Welfare and Zoo Expert Chris Draper to Speak at Chicago Zoological Society Symposium

Senior Scientific Researcher from U.K. Born Free Foundation to give insight June 5 on animal welfare and conservation objectives in zoos

Washington, D.C. -- The Chicago Zoological Society's Center for the Science of Animal Welfare will host its 2nd International Symposium on Zoo Animal Welfare on June 5 and 6, 2013 at the Brookfield Zoo. Leading welfare researchers, including the Born Free Foundation/Born Free USA's Senior Scientific Researcher Chris Draper, will discuss future directions for zoo animal welfare science. Draper, from the Born Free Foundation headquarters in the U.K., will be speaking on the topic of "Animal welfare and conservation objectives in zoos: conflicts and synergies."

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For Immediate Release: 05/03/13

Fargo Native Is Running Wild for Born Free USA

Fargo, ND, native Lauren Arndt, a 23-year-old zoology major at North Dakota State University, is running the Fargo Marathon this month to raise money for Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, with whom she shares an interest to save the African lion.

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For Immediate Release: 04/04/13

More Critical Scrutiny Needed for U.S. Fur Farming Industry

In reaction to recent reports that the demand for fur in China is causing a revival of fur farms in the United States, Born Free USA wants the public to be aware of the animal welfare and environmental consequences. The leading animal welfare and wildlife conservation organization estimates that there are more than 270 fur farms in the country, with approximately 3 million mink killed every year. Wisconsin, Utah, Idaho, Minnesota and Oregon are home to the highest number of fur farms on record.

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For Immediate Release: 03/26/13

Ill-advised Tourism ‘Adventure’ Threatens Kenyan Whale Sharks

Born Free Foundation and International Marine Experts Are Outraged

Widespread opposition between the company Seaquarium Ltd. in Kenya and wildlife conservation groups and marine scientists is mounting related to a proposal to begin catching wild migrating whale sharks for public display in a marine enclosure off the southern Kenyan coast ostensibly for the purposes of “tourism and conservation.”

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