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.
It’s hard to believe that 2013 has ended and that 2014 is already here! These first moments of the new year hold a particular magic: a renewed vigor to strive for our goals, a blank slate filled with boundless potential, and a fresh start to the year ahead.
Never underestimate the power of media to stimulate positive change. “Blackfish,” the hit documentary that exposes abuse and exploitation in the captive marine mammal industry, made its television debut in October—and quickly drew the public eye to marine animal suffering at SeaWorld.
Born Free USA has been closely monitoring the recent assault on gray wolves – an icon of the American wilderness – across the United States.
We are involved in a noble lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore federal protection for Great Lakes wolves under the Endangered Species Act. We oppose anti-wolf legislation in the Rocky Mountain region, where previous federal protection was also stripped. We are working with anti-trapping groups in key states such as Wyoming and Arizona to end the use of barbaric traps and snares on public lands. And, we have mobilized our strong grassroots activist network against the government’s proposal to delist gray wolves in the lower 48 states. Despite all this great work, the plight to protect the gray wolf remains an uphill battle.
France has now announced that it will destroy its stockpiled elephant ivory – which could amount in the tens of tons after years of imports from Africa. It leaves me reflective of the ivory burns in Kenya and the recent ivory crush in the U.S.
The international community is in an uproar, so to speak—and for good reason. In an ironic turn of events, Melissa Bachman, big-game hunter and host of an American hunting show called “Winchester Deadly Passion,” now finds herself to be the one under fire.
I recently read the latest annual report from the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme (EWCP), a vital wildlife protection program supported for years by Born Free. EWCP works in partnership with the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority to save this incredibly fragile species.
What an exciting time for elephants! Born Free continues our decades-long struggle to save elephants across Africa from deadly poachers’ bullets, and now is a pivotal moment in our historic quest to preserve pachyderms peacefully in the wild, where they belong.
I’m always inspired by those who take it upon themselves to raise money for animals. And, I love it when they accept a challenge in order to do so. So, I’m particularly excited that a Born Free USA supporter has combined the two to make a real impact.