Campaigns & Programs
Born Free USA works to make the world a better place for all animals.
This is no small task. Animal advocates know about the enormous scale of animal suffering. They also know they can count on Born Free USA to focus our resources and expertise on achieving real-life animal protections through public education, legislative advocacy, media, grassroots organizing, and litigation.
The Campaigns & Programs section of our website features in-depth information about the key issues on which we currently work. Use the menu to left to learn about our major campaigns and programs, which address some of the most critical threats facing animals today.
You can also read about our collaborative efforts to stop animal cruelty here in the United States — and across the globe.
For four decades, saving animals has been our passion. We're dedicated, proactive, and persistent in our efforts — and we hope you'll be part of our critical work to end the abuse and exploitation of animals.
Our major campaigns fall into four areas:
Animals are abused and exploited in a variety of forms of "entertainment." Born Free USA's primary focus is on the use of animals in circuses, where elephants, lions, tigers, and other animals are sentenced to a lifetime of misery in order to provide a few moments of human amusement.
Every year, millions of exotic animals are captured from the wild or produced in captivity for commercial profit or human amusement, only to languish in conditions that fail to meet their instinctive behavioral and physical needs.
Whether the animals are hunted to become trophies, "harvested" for Asian medicines of dubious scientific validity, imported or exported to be sold as "pets," the international wildlife trade is a major factor in the decline of species populations. One of our major efforts against the international trade in wildlife is through our National Bird Day campaign, which recognizes the inconsistency in legally protecting our own native birds such as blue jays, cardinals, and crows from commercial exploitation while allowing the pet industry to exploit the birds of other countries.
Body-gripping traps, including legholds, snares, and kill-type Conibear traps, are the cruel tools of the fur and wildlife damage control trades. These indiscriminate traps bring indescribable suffering and death to millions of animals each year. We use every tool at our disposal — from grassroots campaigns to legislative advocacy to community education to courtroom litigation — to protect animals from cruel traps.
Our Canadian representative, Barry Kent MacKay, is a well-known Canadian naturalist who has a wealth of knowledge about animal protection issues, although primarily his focus is on wildlife. Barry, through decades of commitment to protecting animals, also has been involved in issues pertaining to companion animals, livestock and animals in research.
For many of us, dogs, cats, and other animal companions are not "pets," but beloved members of our families. Born Free USA is committed to protecting the companion animals with whom millions of Americans share their lives.
Every year, more than 50 million animals are violently killed in the name of "fashion." Some fall victim to barbaric traps. Others spend the entirety of their lives in grim conditions in fur farms across the globe before being slaughtered.
What did we see when we went undercover into more than 60 California pet shops? Animals suffering from illness, injury, and neglect. Animals living in filthy, overcrowded cages. Animals denied needed veterinary care. Animals showing serious signs of psychological distress.
Located on 186 acres near Dilley, Texas, the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary provides a safe, permanent home for more than 500 nonhuman primates, many of whom were rescued from abusive situations in research facilities, roadside zoos, or private possession.