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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.

It’s a Zoo with an Attitude — Nothing More

Published 11/22/11

“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.”

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Canadian Student Raises Awareness about Protecting Animals from Cruelty and Exploitation

Published 11/15/11

Noah, right, goes above and beyond
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.

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Justin Bieber’s Boa Boo-Boo

Published 11/11/11

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.

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Guess Who’s Got a New ‘Pet’?

Published 10/31/11

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.

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Ohio Tragedy Shows Wild Animals Belong in the Wild

Published 10/20/11

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.

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Trapping Apologist Makes a Wrong Turn

Published 10/15/11

Tom Venesky wrote last Sunday in The Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre, PA, that:

  • Trapping keeps animals from being hit by vehicles.
  • Traps are “the best tool to manage furbearer populations.”
  • Trappers were misrepresented by Born Free USA in its recent undercover investigation.
  • He knows best.

It doesn’t, they aren’t, they weren’t, and he doesn’t.

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When Living a Long Life Might Not Be So Grand

Published 10/11/11

If you were told that you would live to be 95 years old, you might very well be pleased.

If you also were told that your entire life would be spent in one small house, with no excursions anywhere for any reason, and if you have mates you’ll have no say in who they are or how long you will be together, and you’ll be ordered around and punished by members of an entirely different species, and tourists will pay to stare at you every day, you might very well be discouraged.

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Famous Black Bear Cub Killed — for Mere Fun

Published 09/28/11

The idea that bears are being farm-raised and permanently embedded with devices that remove their bile, until they die young, perhaps gratefully because of their horribly painful and restricted lives, just so that some person with an ailment fancies it will make him feel better, appalls me to no end.

To have a wild bear shot for fun seems … if not worse, no better.

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