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.
Talk about ridiculous!
Earlier this month a man from the Czech Republic tried to board a flight in Argentina, but his suitcase was found to contain almost 250 live animals, including poisonous snakes and endangered reptiles. Two of the animals were dead, and the rest probably would have succumbed had they been forced to endure an oxygen-starved flight in cargo.
An “animal film” of sorts that came out this week on DVD/Blue-ray, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” is populated by computer-generated-imagery primates. Not only were no animals harmed in the making of that film — no animals were exploited at all!
Two months ago I applauded the West Hollywood City Council for agreeing to ban the sale of fur. This past Monday, it finalized the ban with a 3-1 vote.
Now I’m clapping even louder. Bravo, West Hollywood, for being the first municipality in the nation to take such a stance against fur “fashion”!
“The Spitfire” has been extinguished.
Umoya, about 21 years old, was an African elephant who eight years ago undertook a long, arduous flight to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park from Swaziland. On Thursday morning she died in the park’s exhibit area. An official there blamed the death on “some sort of aggressive interaction with another elephant.”
for wild animals!
You don’t have to be an adult to make a difference. Our friend Noah, who is only in the fifth grade, recently helped animals worldwide by raising awareness about their suffering and even raising money for Born Free to continue fighting animal cruelty.
Born Free USA turned its attention to reptiles this week in having our Action Alert team members urge President Obama to approve a ban on the interstate transport of nine types of snakes. The Florida Everglades, incredibly, is now home to some 100,000 Burmese pythons — which have been known to swallow deer and alligators whole — thanks to some having been dumped there by snake-weary exotic “pet” owners.
Michael Vick has a pet parrot.
Yes, that Michael Vick, the Philadelphia Eagles star quarterback who spent 18 months in federal prison on dog-fighting charges. The same Michael Vick who admitted he drowned or electrocuted dogs who lost in the ring. The man who gives many animal lovers the shivers with the mere mention of his name.
Exotic animals should live in the wild, not be exploited in profit-motivated zoos — or worse — as "pets" or backyard oddities by people who have a deeply misguided sense of dominion or ownership.