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VICTORY! A Much-Needed Break for Bears in New York

Winners_bears_090211.jpgNew York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo officially has signed our bear gallbladder/bile trade bill into law. Our team members in the Empire State contributed mightily to Born Free USA's effort to shut down the trade in bear gallbladders and bile, which leads to poaching of America's black bears. We will closely monitor the situation in New York and work to enact similar legislation in other states in the year to come. Meanwhile, please read more about our bear campaigns and consider helping us in our protective pursuits by making a donation.

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TAKE TWO! Private Eye Has Animals in Sharp Focus

Winners_squirrel_090211.jpgCongratulations to Betsy Seeton of Taylor Park, Colo., for winning Born Free USA's first Keep Wildlife in the Wild Photo Contest! Her triumph is doubly impressive because she won both the Backyard and Worldwide categories, and as such will receive both first-place prizes — a photo printer and a pair of binoculars. Scores of photographs were submitted and more than 1,500 votes cast in our competition. We thank everyone who participated and encourage all of you — as you're being respectful of all wildlife, of course! — to take cool photographs of wildlife and enter them in our next contest.

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YOU CAN WIN! Announcing Our Happy Pets Gallery Contest

Winners_pets_090211.jpgHave you caught your dog sleeping on the furniture? Has your cat gone to war with a ball of string? If so, please consider posting those precious pixels on our Happy Pets Gallery! Starting today, we'll be setting aside our favorite submissions to be voted on in contests on our Facebook page. Hurry, though: You must upload your photograph by midnight on Friday, Sept. 16! If our Facebook friends "like" your picture the best, you will win Born Free USA merchandise such as an eco-shopping bag, a sustainable/recycled cap and a special surprise. We can't wait to see your little furry friend!

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CAT'S MEOW! Wisconsin Pet Supply Store Is Voted the Best

Winners_supply_090211.jpgWe'd also like to congratulate Mound Pet Food Warehouse in Sun Prairie, WI, for winning Born Free USA's first Compassionate Pet Supply Store of the Year award! Mound, the winner you voted for, and Pet Food Express of San Francisco, chosen by our staff, will receive a certificate of recognition, an announcement in local media, and a free advertisement on our Pet Supply Locator. Mound was lauded for its friendly staff, reasonable prices and outreach efforts such as hosting cat adoptions. Pet Food Express makes generous donations to shelters and animal rescue groups. If you haven't done so already, surf over to the locator (it's been adapted for handheld devices, too) and find stores in your area that don't sell live animals.

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