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For Immediate Release: 11/26/12

African Lions Roam Closer to Protection

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Issues Positive Finding on Groups’ Petition to List Lions as Endangered

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today (Nov. 26, 2012) that the African lion may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), following an initial review of a petition seeking to protect the species which was filed by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Humane Society International (HSI), Born Free USA, Born Free Foundation, Defenders of Wildlife and the Fund for Animals. The groups thanked the federal agency for its preliminary positive 90-day finding on the petition to protect lions.

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For Immediate Release: 11/15/12

Record Year for International Retailers Committed to Go Fur Free

This year was the biggest year for the International Fur Free Retailer Program (www.furfreeretailer.com) since its launch in 2006, with more than 50 retailers signing on in 2012 and a record number (20) of countries served by the program, reports Born Free USA, founding partner and organizer of the program.

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For Immediate Release: 11/05/12

Queen Legend Brian May and Singing Sensation Kerry Ellis Re-Record Academy Award-Winning Song ‘Born Free’

Today (Nov. 5, 2012) marks the worldwide release of the Oscar-winning song “Born Free,” re-recorded by legendary Queen guitarist Brian May and West End and Broadway songstress Kerry Ellis. The classic hit single will be sold in aid of the international wildlife charity, the Born Free Foundation.

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For Immediate Release: 11/01/12

Classic Hardware Teams with Born Free USA to Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, has announced its partnership with Classic Hardware of Burbank, CA, the vintage-inspired, cutting-edge jewelry and accessories company. The company will donate a portion of retail sales of its Endangered Creatures Collection at www.classichardware.com to Born Free USA beginning today, in time for the holiday season. Items range from $20 to $61.

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For Immediate Release: 10/18/12

Animal Welfare and Conservation Groups Petition USDA to Prohibit Public Contact with Dangerous Wild Animals

Organizations seek tighter federal regulations on the anniversary of the Zanesville, Ohio, exotic animal tragedy

On the one-year anniversary of the Zanesville, Ohio, tragedy in which about 50 big cats, bears, primates and other animals were released from cages at a private menagerie, The Humane Society of the United States, World Wildlife Fund, International Fund for Animal Welfare, The Fund for Animals, Born Free USA, Big Cat Rescue, and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries filed a legal petition asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to prohibit public contact with big cats, bears and primates under the Animal Welfare Act.

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For Immediate Release: 10/08/12

Nothing to Be Spooked About; Bats Play an Important Role in Ecology and Need Help

This year is the “International Year of the Bat,” one of the most misunderstood wildlife species and, with Halloween just weeks away, their reputation often suffers this time of year.

Born Free USA, a leader in wildlife conservation and animal welfare, is working to stop the rapid decline in bat populations. “Humans can help bats by dispelling the myths that cause needless harm to and fear about them,” says Monica Engebretson, senior program associate for Born Free USA. “They are actually vitally important to ecosystems and agriculture.”

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For Immediate Release: 10/05/12

Award-Winning Jewelry Designer and Astrologer Team up with Born Free to Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation (United Kingdom), leaders in wild animal welfare and wildlife conservation, have joined forces with Catherine Best, an international award-winning jewelry designer, and Sharon Ward, an acclaimed astrologer, to announce MOON-SIGNS Jewelry. An individuals’ Moon Sign, calculated using their date of birth, may compliment their Sun Sign but reveals a “deeper, much more personal you,” according to Ward.

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For Immediate Release: 10/03/12

Born Free USA’s New Website Safe Trails Educates Public on Serious Dangers of Wildlife Traps and Instructs How To Keep Pets Safe

This week, Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, launched a website, www.bornfreeusa.org/safetrails, that educates and warns the public — especially outdoor enthusiasts — about the dangers of hidden wildlife traps and how to keep their pets and family members safe.

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