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.
South Africa has announced that it will officially push for rhino horn trade at the 17th Conference of the Parties to CITES (2016), using horn from rhinos that have died of natural causes. Here’s my take!
What’s worse than the alarming escalation of the global illegal wildlife trade is its ever-expanding link to organized crime and terrorist organizations. Add to that the potential spread of infectious diseases and the precipitous decline of vulnerable wildlife populations, especially in developing countries, and it’s clear that the new Executive Order from the White House may have come just in time.
With a population of between 4,000 and 5,000 elephants, Burkina Faso is home to the largest remaining elephant population in West Africa. A vital habitat for elephants in Burkina Faso is Park W, a 10,000km squared transboundary Protected Area that spans three countries – Burkina Faso, Benin and Niger.
A giant step for chimp-kind! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at long last has proposed classifying both wild AND captive chimpanzees as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. This would provide protection to all chimpanzees, including the estimated 2,000 in captivity in America.
President Obama is cancelling plans to go on safari during his upcoming trip to Africa. What?! The President will not only miss out on experiencing the wild power and beauty of African wildlife, but also the opportunity to demonstrate his support for the conservation of these animals and their habitats.
The tragic death of young Sarah McClay of the South Lakes Wild Animals Park in the UK has been weighing on my mind recently. Not long ago, the zoo worker was mauled and killed by a Sumatran tiger. This is only one story of many that we have heard around the world of workers or visitors being maimed or killed by animals in zoos.
Growing up in front of the public can't be easy, and perhaps it gives some a sense of entitlement. But that's no excuse for Justin Bieber to take absence of his common sense. The latest of Bieber's string of escapades involving animals is having his baby capuchin monkey, Mally, confiscated in Germany when he mistakenly thought that he could parade the little critter as part of his entourage. Wrong. German officials jumped on him, asking for proper paperwork to possess the capuchin and when Bieber couldn't oblige, they confiscated little Mally and essentially put him in isolation for two months… until Bieber relinquished ownership last month.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals reached a curious and troubling conclusion when asked to rescind the recent decision to allow grey wolves to be hunted and trapped. The court claimed that the groups had no standing, as their interests were not negatively affected by this law.