Home Page Home | Search Search | Online Store Store | Donate Donate | RSS Feeds RSS Feeds |  

Wild Animal Traps Do Not Discriminate. Our Database Lists the Cats, Dogs, Others Who Suffer


2012 Essay Contest: The Winners!

"How I'm Going Wild for Animals This Summer"

Published 07/17/12

As part of Keep Wildlife in the Wild Month 2012, Born Free USA sponsored its first ever "How I'm Going Wild for Animals This Summer" essay contest for students. We had three categories — ages 10 and younger, ages 11 through 14, and ages 15 through 18. Below are the winning entries. Each winner will receive a certificate, T-shirt, plush animal of choice (we have seven to choose from), a $50 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble, and a free "adoption" from the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. The prize package is valued at $142!

Read More

Admire Our Progress. It’s Hard!

Published 06/01/12
By Will Travers, Born Free USA Chief Executive Officer

The following story appeared in the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Born Free USA’s magazine, Animal Issues Digest.

Let’s face it; working to save animals is hard work, indeed. And we regularly talk about just how hard it is. We refer to campaigns as “hard fought” and to victories as “hard won.”

Read More

Downright Unbearable

Published 06/01/12
By Tracy Coppola, Born Free USA Program Associate

The following story appeared in the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Born Free USA’s magazine, Animal Issues Digest.

I will never forget the first time I saw a bear in the wild. I was hiking over a small bridge in Juneau, Alaska, and stopped to marvel at the beauty of the wilderness surrounding me and the water beneath me.

Read More

California SB 1480: 'The Consumer and Wildlife Protection Act'

Published 05/24/12

California Senate Bill 1480 (“The Consumer and Wildlife Protection Act”)is as of this writing (May 2012) working its way through the Legislature on its way, we hope, to becoming law.

Introduced by Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro) and co-authored by Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Oakland), Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Long Beach) and Assemblyman Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), SB 1480 will protect wildlife from unnecessary death and cruelty, reduce costs incurred by animal control and wildlife rehabilitation centers, decrease the chances of family dogs and cats being inadvertently killed in traps, and protect homeowners who are often mislead by scofflaw wildlife trappers.

Among other protection measures SB1480 will:

  • Require trappers to provide a written contract to consumers that include a summary of the laws related to dealing with wildlife.
  • Require trappers to take steps to avoid orphaning dependant young and leaving them to die.
  • Prohibit the most heinous methods of killing wildlife: drowning, chest-crushing and injection with chemical solvents, such as nail polish remover.
  • Require that special precautions be taken when dealing with bats. In California,10 of our 24 bat species are classified as "Species of Special Concern," meaning urgent protection is needed to prevent them from becoming threatened or endangered species.
  • Place additional restriction on the use of kill-type traps to reduce the chances of family pets being inadvertently killed.

Lions, Eagles and Owls: What Are Zoos Teaching Us About Them?

Published 02/27/12

Ash died suddenly and violently in front of many onlookers, including children. “It was over in seconds,” one woman reportedly stated. “People were horrified. Women and children were screaming. My little boy was in tears.”

Ash was 9 years old and her death seemed to amuse some other folks, according to letters to the editor in response to the news reports.

And what did we learn? The death did happen at a facility that, we are told, is educational.

Read More

Born Free USA Leads Initiative in Hawaii to Protect Bears from Global Trade

Published 01/20/12

Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, is urging Hawaii lawmakers to join the majority of U.S. states that fully prohibit the trade in bear gallbladders. Throughout the U.S. mainland, bears are killed for their gallbladders and bile. Hawaii is one of the few states that still allow trade of bear gallbladders. Although Hawaii lacks a wild bear population, this allowance — and the state’s location &mdash, could encourage bear poaching globally, compromises bans already in place on the mainland, and puts bears everywhere at risk.

Read More

Do or Die for the WAO 113

Born Free USA To Rescue More Than 100 Animals

Published 12/06/11
By Tim Ajax, Director, Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary

(This story appears in the fall/winter 2011 issue of Born Free USA's Animal Issues Digest.)

Fifi, a rhesus macaque, had been a "pet" in a tiny cage in her owner's New York City basement. Her tail was amputated, probably to facilitate putting diapers on her. Chappy, a crab-eating macaque, was a biomedical research subject; the stress of life in the lab led him to pluck his body bald. Dex, a stumptail macaque, also exploited for research, has only his thumb and index finger on his right hand.

Read More

Lions on the Menu: A Deadly Delicacy

Published 11/28/11
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

(This story appears in the fall/winter 2011 issue of Born Free USA's Animal Issues Digest.)

Near our Washington, DC, office, Serbian Crown, a restaurant known for its Russian and French specialties, is offering a December menu special under Les Gibiers et Volailles (wild game and poultry): Scaloppini of Lion. Thinly sliced lion meat served with wild mushrooms. When we inquired about the source of the meat we were told it was indeed lion meat, imported from Africa, allegedly from a "farm."

Read More

Articles Index   Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 ... 18 Next

rss Subscribe   subscribe Updates by Email