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.
(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.
Without a doubt there is one policy that all the prospective Dallas City Council Members (including those seeking to be newly elected to office this week) can and should unite over.
The future of Jenny, the elephant at the Dallas Zoo.
Experts reckon that at no time in the past has the earth been blessed with such a variety and abundance of wildlife. More than 30 million species fill every available niche, habitat and ecosystem ... but far from looking forward with optimism, we stand on the edge of the abyss. For at no other time in recorded history are species disappearing as fast as they are today — sometimes before they have even been discovered or properly recorded. It is estimated that human activities are driving species into oblivion at 30 times their natural rate — and we are to blame.