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January 10, 2012

From Rescues to Outreach to Legislation, We’ve Got a Busy Year Planned

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Dear Friend,

Now that we’ve all had time to take 2012 out of its wrapping, put it on and get used to how it feels — and last week we enjoyed a very successful 10th edition of National Bird Day (always on Jan. 5) — I would like to take this moment to share with you some of Born Free USA’s many New Year's resolutions.

In partnership, as always, with you, we resolve to:

Give a home to "The WAO 113." Late last year we formalized an agreement to assume lifetime care of 112 macaques and one baboon from the bankrupt Wild Animal Orphanage. With your generous financial support, we hope to welcome those monkeys to the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary within a few months.

Expand our list of fur free retailers. In addition to our Consumers for a Fur Free Society pages, which list U.S. stores that don't sell fur or fur products, we are building an International Fur Free Retailer site. We're also conducting the fourth annual Fur Free Fashion Competition (fffashion). Stay tuned! And meanwhile, please "like" us on our fur free retailer Facebook page.

Pass legislation to stop the trade in exotic animals as "pets." For example, at the national level we are rallying our members behind the Captive Primate Safety Act, and in Ohio — site of the October 2011 massacre of more than 50 exotic animals that had been confined to a backyard — we are pushing for a permanent ban on the private possession of exotic animals.

Expand our global reach. We play key supporting roles in a dozen international projects that help lions, tigers, bears, elephants, primates and other wildlife in need. Check out our Global Field Projects!

Protect the African lion. Read about our cooperative pursuit for getting lions formally recognized as endangered and about our undercover look at the cruel lion meat industry.

I hope you're as energized about 2012 as I am. We've got a lot of work to do!

For the animals,

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