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.
Last Thursday in Shelbyville, Tenn., a “pet” snow monkey escaped from captivity in a private home where four other caged primates later were found without food or water. Yoshi scampered outdoors and bit an unsuspecting neighbor.
Lucy the elephant shall remain alone, in physical and psychological pain, destined to die prematurely, in the Edmonton Zoo. That’s the impact of a ruling issued Thursday by the highest court in Alberta, Canada. Two of its three judges said courts are not the appropriate venue for such an animal rights debate.
Thanks to the determined efforts of Born Free USA staff, the New York state Legislature has approved legislation to restrict the trade in bear gallbladders and bile. The bill is now on its way to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk for his signature.
Eight Orphans Left Behind -— A Pitiful Tragedy We Could Have Prevented
She was the oldest and the wisest.
She had successfully raised eight babies.
She was a celebrated character in the Samburu area of northern Kenya where she lived.
She was an elephant called Khadija.
Now she is dead.
Dear Friends of Wildlife:
Trust me: 9,000 words is a huge article but somehow even the efforts of one of our greatest wordsmiths, Alex Shoumatoff, writing in Vanity Fair (August 2011 edition), could not entirely capture the enormity of the plight faced by elephants across Africa and Asia. But he did a damn fine job, supported by a wonderful portfolio of both heart-warming and distressing images taken by acclaimed photographer Guillaume Bonn.
Inspiring: Three years ago, a happenstance encounter at the wedding of a mutual friend allowed me to meet Tiger Darrow, a talented young singer/songwriter from Dallas who will, I firmly believe, have the music world on its knees quite soon. After that meeting, Tiger was inspired to write a single, “Beautiful Release,” that is available for download on iTunes. She gives all proceeds from that song to Born Free.
Last month, Elson a captive African lion died during a dental procedure at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was 16 years old and had been at the zoo since about 1996. The local newspaper, the Gazette, ran a story about the death and prompted sentimental online comments such as this one:
Lights, cameras, roll out the compassion! On May 17, the West Hollywood City Council unanimously voted to become the nation’s first city to ban the sale of fur apparel. This is big news for fur-bearing animals and for the millions of people who know in their hearts and minds that “fur fashion” is a cruel fraud.