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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.

Elephant at the LA Zoo - Do the Right Thing

Published 01/22/09

Yesterday I flew to Los Angeles to assess for myself the situation of Billy, the sole elephant at the LA Zoo. Billy lives on less than half an acre of compacted soil and mud. The zoo proposes to spend $42 million to construct a new exhibit area and bring in more elephants.

In my view and the view of numerous experts who spent a lifetime studying elephants, what Billy endures now and what is proposed by the LA Zoo for Billy fall woefully short of what could and should be achieved for this unfortunate animal. Regardless of what criteria you wish to apply — space, social environment, physical and psychological needs, financial, conservation, education — what Billy has at the LA Zoo and what is being proposed by way of the exorbitantly expensive Pachyderm Forest — a misnomer if ever I heard one — is totally inappropriate and inadequate.

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A brighter future for us all

Published 01/20/09

A nation — a world — listened and watched in expectation. The 44th President of the United States of America, the focus of our undivided attention.

President Barack Obama asked for patience. He asked for understanding. He asked for tolerance and compassion. But above all he asked for help.

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Nothing to Worry About

Published 10/31/08

So the first deadly piece of the puzzle has been put in place. Just under 8 tonnes of Namibian ivory went under the hammer for about $1.3m. One hundred tonnes more will soon follow from three other southern African countries.

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A Personal Thank You

Published 10/06/08

Economic meltdown, stock market crash, panic on Main Street, Wall Street, High Street ... It makes me wonder where to turn to for security.

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Animals in zoos may live longer, but what’s living when you have no life?

Published 09/24/08

What is the point of the animals being in the zoo in the first place?

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When is an elephant like a fish?

(Reporting from CITES in Geneva)

Published 07/16/08

When is an elephant like a fish? I was wondering about this today ... why?

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Once more elephants are top of the bill

(Reporting from CITES in Geneva)

Published 07/14/08

Will China get to bid for 110 tonnes of ivory?

A highly critical report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), a member of the Species Survival Network (SSN) indicates that any move to approve ivory trade with China is dangerously premature.

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Excuses in a sorry story

Published 06/11/08

It is amazing what excuses people will conjure up when faced with the unacceptability of their behavior.

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