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.
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.