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.
Tigers, Trinkets, Soup, and Sushi. Tourism and the Wildlife Trade.
At London’s prestigious Royal Geographical Society on Thursday the 18th of March the Born Free Foundation is hosting an evening talk and discussion (sponsored by Land Rover) considering the interface between the tourism industry and wild animals, both in their natural habitat and in captivity.
Out here at the CITES meeting in Doha, Qatar, we are immersed in issues that concern the international trade in wildlife — ivory, tuna, sharks, and more.
It got me thinking about the species I am working to protect and tourism in the countries that are home to these wildlife populations. The more I thought about it the more clear it all became.
The Benefit of the Doubt
What is it with people appointed to "look after the interests of animals in international trade"?
It seems that whatever the evidence, it always ends up being about what people want, not what animals and species need. CITES can be a bit like that.
(VIDEO) Wildlife Law Enforcement Heroes
On Monday night the Species Survival Network (SSN), a global coalition of 82 organizations working on wildlife trade issues under CITES, held its Reception to honor the recipients of the 2010 Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards. These awards, named for the pioneering Chief of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service's Division of Law Enforcement, recognize outstanding achievements "on the ground" protecting wildlife.
(VIDEO) The Death of Diplomacy?
In an extraordinary, unprecedented, and quite undiplomatic start to CITES CoP 15, a delegate from Botswana moved during plenary to have Proposal 6 removed from the Agenda. This proposal, submitted by Ghana, Mali, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Congo Brazzaville and Liberia, seeks to prevent further ivory trading and maintain the current level of CITES protection for elephants for the next 20 years.
A Call to Action
The 15th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES officially opened this afternoon in Doha, with thousands of delegates spread throughout the Doha Sheraton Conference Center.
The opening ceremony, filled with ceremonial music and dance, included speeches from the Qatar Minister of the Environment, Abdullah bin Aaboud al-Midhad, the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, Achim Steiner, and the Secretary-General of CITES, Willem Wijnstekers.
(VIDEO) CITES on the Horizon ...
We have arrived safely in Doha, Qatar for the 15th CITES meeting and the whispering in the halls has begun.
California Resident Buys Ivory
Thai authorities recently indicted two key suspects in an international ivory trafficking operation. One suspect, arrested in Bangkok in November 2009, has been charged with violating US Federal smuggling statutes as it appears that some of the ivory was sold to an individual in Montclair, CA.
The news that Michael Vick has been rehabilitated into the sports world is certainly controversial. But the question on the mind of all those who care about animals is: Has he truly seen the light and put his previous — and terrible — behavior behind him? Will he now be the animals’ champion instead of nemesis? Only time will tell.