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 great work of the Last Great Ape Organization continues.
Last week my friend, and fellow friend of animals, Ofir Drori reported from Cameroon that three more suspected ivory traders had been arrested. This is another victory against the illegal wildlife trade — 24 tusks, mostly from young elephants, were confiscated — and every strike against the ivory trade is worth celebrating.
Ofir notes that the victory was “really needed,” because as is often the case in our business many other bad guys are getting away with murder, literally. They profit from poaching, whether they do the dirty deed in the wild, oversee distribution of the blood-stained booty, or sell it to clueless consumers. The trail of the dead — elephants, lions, rhinoceroses, bears, and on and on — is long and wide. In our dark moments, it seems never-ending.
But it must end. We cannot stand idly by while the world’s glorious animals are destroyed, one species after another, by heartless human greed. That is why I am especially geared up for the coming CITES meeting in Bangkok, where my colleague Adam Roberts and I will make certain that Born Free’s message of compassionate conservation is heard.
Next week I will see Ofir in Bangkok, where he will join the battle to save the world’s wildlife. I will personally applaud Ofir for his organization’s latest accomplishment, and if it’s all right with you, will pass along your congratulations, too!