Born Free USA Blog
by Will Travers,
Chief Executive Officer
What can you say about a big-hearted bloke who has rescued dolphins, tigers, elephants and more and whose parents once helped a lion cub from a department store by caring for him in their backyard and engineering his rightful return to Africa? You can safely say that he's got great animal instincts! In 1984, Will Travers joined his parents — "Born Free" film stars Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers — to form what became The Born Free Foundation. With knowledge, passion and compassion dripping from his every word, Will's blogs are sure to make you embrace our crusade to Keep Wildlife in the Wild ®.
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.
And, as far as Born Free USA is concerned, could it be that his epiphany might trigger others who use and abuse animals to mend their ways too? Like the thousands of people who think it’s OK to keep exotic animals as “pets.” Will the tiger, lion, and primate owners see the light? Again, we’ll have to wait and see. Meanwhile Born Free USA will continue to deal with the fallout of this largely unregulated and totally unacceptable practice. Our Primate Sanctuary in Texas currently cares for more than 500 monkeys, including many former “pets” who totally rely on Born Free USA for their future care and well-being.
The Michael Vick story has been headline news for months and looks set to run and run. Sadly the spotlight rarely focuses on the animals for that long. After all, they are the innocent victims in all this.