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.
I have just learned that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has bestowed upon me the honor of OBE — Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire — for services to wildlife conservation and animal welfare. As many of you may know, my mother, Virginia McKenna, had previously received her OBE for contributions to the arts and to animal protection. Just as I share the joy of having started the Born Free Foundation and Born Free USA with her, I now share the honor of receiving this award.
If I could share this recognition with all of my wildlife heroes, who have fought, and are still fighting, for a more compassionate world, where individual wild animals do not suffer for our entertainment, our vanity or our “sport,” and where wild species and wild places are protected, respected and treasured, then I would.
In particular, I want to thank those who have inspired, encouraged and sustained my efforts, especially my mother, father and my entire family, my colleagues at Born Free – in the United Kingdom and throughout the world – and all our wonderful supporters and friends.
To be honored in this way, in this very special Diamond Jubilee year in England celebrating 60 years of the Queen’s reign, has left me, temporarily, almost speechless.
It is sincerely touching to have been nominated for this prestigious recognition and to know that my three decades of professional dedication to animal protection and wildlife conservation have been noticed. This accolade has inspired me to fight on — perhaps for three decades more! To do even more for animals. To support my friends and colleagues in our shared quest for a more humane world.
So please join me in celebrating together the noble cause of animal protection.