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.
Growing up in front of the public can't be easy, and perhaps it gives some a sense of entitlement. But that's no excuse for Justin Bieber to take absence of his common sense. The latest of Bieber's string of escapades involving animals is having his baby capuchin monkey, Mally, confiscated in Germany when he mistakenly thought that he could parade the little critter as part of his entourage. Wrong. German officials jumped on him, asking for proper paperwork to possess the capuchin and when Bieber couldn't oblige, they confiscated little Mally and essentially put him in isolation for two months… until Bieber relinquished ownership last month.
As if that weren't bad enough, Mally has now been sent to a zoo instead of a sanctuary! Our colleagues in Europe — colleagues who run a primate sanctuary specifically — were fully prepared to take Mally. Shame on the German officials who made this misguided decision. Just look at what the Born Free USA Primate sanctuary can provide and you'll see why a sanctuary would have been the right choice for Mally.
Wild animals are not accessories. What message do celebrities who flaunt exotics send to their fans? Wild animals don't make good pets. It's dangerous for both the humans and the animals they possess. It's time celebrities started setting an example instead of leading their fans down the path of utter stupidity.