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LEARN: Groundbreaking Investigative Report Reveals Shocking Details


Born Free USA, seeking an accurate and complete picture of the depths of elephant poaching, commissioned C4ADS and its expert defense analysts to examine the military, national security, and localized conflict aspects of elephant poaching and the ivory trade. Our groundbreaking report reveals, in detail, the threats to elephants across Africa. Ivory’s Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa was released recently, and its findings are truly alarming. To learn more, visit our website and watch this video (WARNING: GRAPHIC FOOTAGE).

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LEARN: Progress at CITES Animals Committee Meeting


Born Free USA’s CEO, Adam M. Roberts, attended last week’s CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) Animals Committee meeting in Veracruz, Mexico. The meeting had two important outcomes: 1) Our efforts to secure a number of specific recommendations for the cheetah trade were approved, including reducing demand for live cheetahs in the pet trade and holding a stakeholder workshop to discuss national legislation, enforcement, and demand reduction. 2) On lions, there was no recommendation to maintain lions on Appendix II of the Convention, which allows commercial trade in lion parts and facilitates trophy hunting. Born Free USA is working hard to increase protection for lions at home and internationally. 

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CELEBRATE: New Jersey Introduces Bill to Protect Rhinos


New Jersey Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-20) has introduced a bill to ban the sale of ivory and rhinoceros horn in the state. There are a few exceptions: for elephant ivory obtained multiple decades ago, and for other ivory and rhino horn legally owned prior to this act. Still, it is a crucial step in the right direction. Including rhino horn in the language expands the discussion to multiple forms of poaching, and directs focus to the critically endangered rhinoceros. Bravo to the New Jersey legislature for recognizing their role in ending wildlife trafficking! Read more about wildlife trafficking progress in New York and Hawaii on Adam M. Roberts’ blog.

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SUCCESS: Born Free USA's Auction Raises $9,000 for Primates

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Last Friday evening, Born Free USA hosted "The Art of Wildlife Conservation: A Reception to Benefit Born Free USA" in New York City. We’re thrilled to announce that the auction event raised more than $9,000 for the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Texas. This crucial funding will be used to build a brand new transition enclosure for monkeys like Freeman, who need a special space to ease them into sanctuary life. Click here to read more about the event. Thank you for helping us help the primates!

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LEARN: Inspiring Stories from Born Free Founder, Virginia McKenna


Looking for meaningful summer entertainment? We highly recommend the book The Life in My Years by Born Free founder, Virginia McKenna. This poignant autobiography details Virginia’s love of wildlife, her acting career, compassionate activism, poetry, and touching family stories. And, learn even more about Born Free—and the importance of protecting wildlife—with “Elsa’s Legacy: The Born Free Story,” a 60-minute, one disc DVD featured on PBS’s “Nature” series in January 2011. Let these stories inspire you to act!

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