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’m shocked in this day and age to hear that global fur sales are at an all-time high, thanks to surging demand in China, Japan and South Korea. It makes me feel as though a proverbial trap has snapped on us. China, with its rapacious determination to pilfer the world of its wild animals, is not only a major driver in the elephant ivory, tiger bone and bear gallbladder trades, but now is pushing the global fur market. Shame!
It surely makes me — and all of us at Born Free USA — want to redouble our efforts to stop the suffering of furbearers, of that you can be certain.
To produce the fur that is sewn onto coats, hats and other items of clothing, animals throughout the world are subjected to unbelievable cruelty and depravity. Their shortened lives are defined by pain and suffering. All for what? Fleeting and meaningless bragging rights for the clothes wearer?
To us, news reports of fur’s growing popularity represent a call to action. Born Free USA will not rest until the fur trade is done. We will need your help to make that happen, but together we will make that happen. Compassionate consumerism has to win the day!