Release: Born Free USA Responds to Fatal Trapping of Three Family Dogs in Wyoming

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From Born Free US press release:

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St. Bernard dogs tragically strangulated by “legally” set snares

December 8, 2014 – Last week near Casper, Wyoming, three dogs from the same family were killed by traps set out for wildlife. Born Free USA, a global leader in wildlife conservation and animal welfare, reports that this tragedy is far too common around the country. According to the organization’s online non-target trapping incident database, three other pet dogs have been caught in traps in Wyoming this year, adding to the hundreds of thousands of unintended trapping deaths and injuries across the United States.

Snare traps that killed the three St. Bernard dogs were legal, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Wyoming has a grade of D+ on Born Free USA’s State Trapping Report Card, which gives an academic letter grade to each state based on its animal trapping regulations that have the greatest impact on animal welfare, wildlife conservation, and public safety.

According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, “This senseless incident is a disturbing example of how nonselective these deadly traps are. We have seen time and time again what happens when people set these traps for wild animals. They catch, maim, torture, and kill not only wild animals like coyotes, fox, raccoons, and mink to feed the fur industry, but also domestic  animals — people’s beloved companion dogs and cats. Trapping is indiscriminate and cruel to animals, and a very serious public safety and conservation issue. I continue to be mystified as to how this antiquated cruelty can happen in America as we approach 2015.”

Trapping is largely unregulated across the United States. Roberts adds, “Fur trapping dates back to the early 1600s and has hardly changed. It remains barbaric, and many people are not even aware that this is happening in neighborhoods with pets and children.”

Born Free USA is a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets,” trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to America the message of “compassionate conservation”—the vision of the U.K.-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free, along with their son Will Travers. Born Free’s mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at www.bornfreeusa.org, www.twitter.com/bornfreeusa, and www.facebook.com/bornfreeusa.

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Born Free USA statement on auction to kill black rhino

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Born Free USA released a statement this afternoon concerning the auction for a permit to kill an endangered black rhino.

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Wildlife conservation leader is saddened by Namibia’s decision and calls for action to oppose any permit application to bring the “trophy” to the U.S.

Washington D.C., January 17, 2014 — Today, Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, a national leader in wildlife conservation and animal welfare, released this statement regarding the killing of a black rhino auction in Texas:

“Born Free USA is saddened by Namibia’s misguided and short-sighted decision to allow this black rhino hunt to take place.  More importantly we will be mobilizing our grassroots supporters nationwide to oppose any permit application to bring the ‘trophy’ back into America.”

He continued, “With fewer than 5,000 black rhinos left in the wild it is truly shocking that any hunter would consider it sporting to slaughter one. That’s not real conservation. Real conservation involves wildlife law enforcement, securing protected areas, and stopping illicit trade.  Funds to underwrite these vital, life-saving activities could be provided without carnage.”

“More than 1,000 rhinos were poached in South Africa alone in 2013 — the highest number in one year on record. The global conservation community and governments everywhere must speak with a unified voice to declare that any killing of any rhino is incompatible with conservation, and for a species as imperiled as the rhino, every animal’s life is significant,” Roberts said.

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Pack Line Headlines: New Zealand hens freed, shark conservation and Bird Day

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New Zealand Bans Battery Cages – The New Zealand Herald reports over 80 million hens have been freed from battery cages in the country thanks to new animal-welfare legislation.

Top Shark Stories of 2011Southern Fried Science has posted a list of the Top 10 Shark Conservation Stories of 2011.

The highlights include the states that have developed shark-fin bans, new shark sanctuaries, hammerhead and tiger shark fishing bans in Florida.

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Hundreds of elephant tusks burned to protest illegal ivory trade

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Born Free USA is reporting Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki recently set ablaze 335 elephant tusks. Lusaka Agreement Task Force and the Government of Kenya were making a point of protesting the illegal ivory trade is sending elephants closer to extinction.

Born Free notes a few decades ago, 1.3 million elephants roamed Africa. But about 600,000 were killed for their tusks in the 1970s and 80s. Even now, it is estimated that approximately 35,000 are being brutally killed each year – for nothing more than greed.