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.
This May sees the release of the film adaptation of the best-selling novel "Water for Elephants," starring Robert Pattinson and Reece Witherspoon. While we acknowledge that the film touches on cruelty toward animals in circuses, we are extremely disappointed that the producers did not take the book’s core message to heart and make the compassionate decision not to use trained wild animals in the film.
Last week, my friend and colleague, Ofir Driori of the Last Great Ape Organization, received the Future for Nature award in The Netherlands for his outstanding efforts in protecting wild animals .
Bob Parsons – business guru or Neanderthal?
It’s a question that’s divided the country for the past few days ever since Bob’s personal poverty-reduction mission to Zimbabwe (which involved shooting an elephant) hit the headlines.
We are saddened to hear of the death of Knut, a young male polar bear being kept captive in Germany. His short life was a series of tragedies from start to miserable finish.
Sharks face many threats in today’s oceans, but the practice of “shark finning” is by far the cruelest of all.
Shark finning is a multibillion-dollar trade and a staggeringly gruesome practice. It involves cutting off a shark’s fins while it is still alive, and then tossing the poor creature back into the sea to slowly bleed to death, become prey, or drown.
What is it about wild animals that make some people feel that it is OK to inflict pain, suffering and death upon them? As I watched in horror the footage of our investigation inside the world of recreational and professional wildlife trapping, this question kept leaping to mind.
I want to share with you this piece that I wrote for the Guardian in England about our effort in the United States to protect lions:
My love of lions go back to childhood when, as a 5-year-old boy, I lived for a year in Kenya when my mother and my late father, Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers — both actors and wildlife campaigners — were making the 1966 film "Born Free." It wasn't just Africa that entered my soul, it was the spirit of Elsa the lioness, the orphaned cub reared by naturalists George and Joy Adamson, whom my parents played in the film.
Born Free USA was disappointed by the California Fish and Game Commission's decision to retract a ban on the issuance of import permits for live non-native turtles and frogs for human consumption. We saw the ban as an important step forward in protecting our native wildlife.