Protecting elephants is not only a conservation imperative, but a security necessity. Every 15 minutes, an elephant is killed in Africa to feed the $7 to $10 billion global demand for ivory. Organized crime syndicates, terrorist organizations, and even government militaries are taking advantage of these record high prices, and the illicit ivory industry is becoming increasingly militarized. According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, "The elephant poaching crisis has reached historic levels and, shockingly, some elephant populations face extinction in our lifetime."
Link: Roll Call
Will you "adopt" a primate at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary? Adoptions help us provide the monkeys with nutritious food, expert care, and critical rehabilitation. Adoption packages are available for $25, $52, or $100 per year, or become a Primate Sustainer with a monthly contribution of $10 or more. You can adopt Carly, Grinch, Khy, Nala, Friendly, or Mig (pictured to the right): a young female bonnet macaque who arrived at the sanctuary in 2006 after spending her entire life in a laboratory. Adopt today and give the gift of a brighter tomorrow!
Scruffy, a cat from Royal Oaks, California, was found valiantly hobbling along his owners' driveway with a bear trap ensnared on his leg. The tabby has miraculously survived, but might require a paw amputation. Please donate to the Born Free USA Trapping Victims Fund to help cover the cost of veterinary care for other individual animals impacted by cruel traps.
Listen to Animal Wise Radio's September 28 interview with Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA. Roberts shines a spotlight on the dire plight of African elephants and the dangers of the illegal ivory trade, as detailed in Born Free USA's recent report, Out of Africa.
Link: Animal Wise Radio
Federal protections for gray wolves in Wyoming were reinstated today after a judge invalidated the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2012 statewide Endangered Species Act delisting of the species. The ruling from the U.S. District Court halts the management of wolves by Wyoming, a state with a history of anti-wolf policies.
Link: The Spokesman-Review
A recent investigation found that a men’s parka sold by the retailer Kohl’s with the description “faux-fur trim” actually used real fur from the raccoon dog, an animal in the same family as the domestic dog, fox, and wolf. Kohl’s apologized to its customers Tuesday, claiming that the company was unaware that the garment used real fur. Visit our Fur Free Retailer site to find compassionate retailers who have taken a stand against the use of fur in fashion.
Link: USA Today
An archival video from 1992 has surfaced, giving us a better glimpse into the life of Tilikum the orca—and the lives of other captive orcas—at Sealand. A 10-minute video of Sealand’s facilities reveals its shockingly small pools, with an extended shot of Tilikum quarantined in a dangerously cramped module.
Link: The Dodo
Watch Born Free USA's CEO, Adam M. Roberts, on the latest episode of "The Pet Show with Dr. Katy." Roberts explains the current elephant poaching crisis, which was exposed by Born Free USA's recent reports, Ivory's Curse and Out of Africa.