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.
As you know, our overriding organizational goal is to Keep Wildlife In The Wild®. We’re so committed to that philosophy that we have registered the phrase!
We come at the issue from several directions, including outreach and education, legislation and lobbying, and grassroots activism. We also invest in wildlife protection on the ground.
That last approach, more often than the others, can yield immediately gratifying, concrete results. Take, for example, our Global Field Projects. When we contribute to these 13 hands-on projects, which span over three continents, we definitely enjoy a lot of “bang for the buck.” Money goes further in Honduras or Sri Lanka than it does in more industrialized countries.
Most recently we received some great news from Cameroon, where the Last Great Ape Organization (LAGA) project, which we support, reports it arrested four suspected animal-parts traders (the charges related to smuggled elephant tusks and teeth, and live mandrill primates) over a one-week period in early July. Also that week, a man LAGA had arrested on charges related to the killing of elephants was found guilty and sentenced to two years in prison.
Learn more about LAGA’s recent activities on its website.
I’ve written before about LAGA’s founder and director, Ofir Drori. He’s one of the good guys, and the work he and his team do to bring the bad guys to justice makes me proud to be part of the animal protection movement and grateful for the support Born Free USA can provide to LAGA. And I never forget, not for a moment, that any support we provide, to any of our field projects, happens only because of your continuing compassion and generosity. Thank you.