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Born Free USA Blog
Adam M Roberts

Born Free USA Blog

by Adam M Roberts,
Chief Executive Officer


When it comes to animals, Adam Roberts not only talks the talk, but also walks the walk. Since beginning his animal advocacy career in Washington, D.C. in 1991, Adam's ambition, tireless involvement, and profound knowledge of conservation and wildlife issues have cemented him as a go-to voice for protecting animals — and he has elevated Born Free USA to the respected and impactful organization that we know today. Adam's compassionate, informed, and forward-thinking blogs will surely motivate you to join us in our fight to Keep Wildlife in the Wild.

At Long Last, These Bears are Saved

Published 04/16/14

For twenty years, we have been calling attention to the bloody trade in bear parts. It is an intricate global web of illicit wildlife commercialization that leads to American black bears being poached for their gallbladders, which are consumed domestically or smuggled overseas; Russian brown bears killed for their gallbladders, which are shipped throughout Asia or smuggled to America; and endangered Asiatic black bears incarcerated in tiny coffin-like cages, so small that they can’t turn around, forever trapped and “milked” of their valuable bile.

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Chimpanzee; NOT Human

Published 04/04/14

I recall walking the streets of Cancun, Mexico on break from a meeting and witnessing misguided tourists taking photographs with a chimpanzee. $1 / one picture. One chance for a photo with an endangered animal who belongs in the wild. One chance for a horrible accident; an attack; a life-altering, painful incident.

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Canned Hunts Must Die

Published 03/28/14

The Government of Botswana has announced an intention to join the mounting movement across Africa in banning “canned” hunting, where wild animals, perhaps captive-bred, are slaughtered in fenced areas by pathetic “hunters.” Earlier this year, Botswana had already banned trophy hunting to preserve wild animal populations.

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Just Stop Ivory!

Published 03/21/14

The African Elephant Action Plan; the Elephant Protection Initiative; the National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking… So many high-level efforts to address the current elephant poaching crisis and, hopefully, to protect elephants before it’s too late. Sometimes, the simplest solution is the most effective: a uniform and unequivocal prohibition on the international trade in elephant ivory. And, while you’re at it, destroy the stockpiles around the world. Remove ivory from the global marketplace, once and for all.

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There's a Caracal on his Pillow!

Published 03/10/14

Animal rescue, rehabilitation, and release (or providing lifetime care) is complicated stuff. It requires intelligence, determination, steadfastness… and, well, money.

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A New Species in Our Care in Ethiopia!

Published 02/20/14

Soon, I will travel to Ethiopia for the Annual General Meeting of the Board of Trustees for Born Free Foundation Ethiopia. Together, we oversee the fabulous rescue center there, founded by Born Free USA and Born Free Foundation, where compassionate lifetime care is offered to animals in desperate need: lions, cheetahs, leopard tortoises, and more. Other animals who can be rehabilitated and released back to the wild are prepared for a life of freedom again.

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Of Friends and Moles

Published 02/18/14

It is a special privilege to know someone who has authored a book, and even more exciting when it’s one of your best friends. I have known Dr. Rob Atkinson for more than a decade, and can honestly say that he’s one of the people in my life I admire most. Rob and I have been together on safari in Kenya, searched for wildlife in the jungles of Vietnam, eaten lunch from stalls on the streets of Bangkok, and discussed wildlife trade policy for hours in Geneva coffee shops.

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Alert to Elephant Lovers Everywhere

Published 01/21/14

China has now joined the U.S., Gabon, and the Philippines in recently crushing its ivory stockpile – six tons of confiscated elephant tusks. It remains to be seen whether China’s ivory crush is a true step in the right direction for the world’s largest consumer of ivory. Publicity stunt or move toward an end to China’s domestic ivory market?

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