Restaurant owners in Helena, Montana have plead guilty to purchasing bear parts, including 12 bear paws (which were kept in a bucket at the restaurant), three gallbladders, and two bear carcasses. An undercover investigation was launched when a concerned citizen called the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Link: The Montana Standard
For years, Born Free USA has said that owning exotic pets is not ‘cool’—and it seems that the idea is finally catching on. A United Arab Emirates-based columnist has stepped forward to condemn the recent trend of uploading pictures of exotic pets to Instagram.
Link: DOHA News
"Parrot Confidential," produced by Emmy Award winning documentary film producer, Allison Argo, premiered on November 13 on PBS-Nature. The documentary explores the challenges of owning parrots, how breeders and owners become bird rescuers, and conservation efforts in the wild. Watch the film today to get ready for National Bird Day on January 5.
For the first time since 1999, northern Ontario has reintroduced a spring bear hunt to curb "nuisance" bear populations. The hunt has been met with much opposition, and animal advocates including our own Canadian Representative, Barry K. MacKay, are taking strides to reverse this decision.
Link: The Globe and Mail
As nine baboons continue to settle in at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary after being retired from a research lab—what Born Free USA's Executive Vice President, Adam Roberts, calls "a happy ending for these lucky nine"—the discussion turns to the utilization of primates for research purposes. The U.S. remains the world's biggest user of primates in biomedical research, despite developments in alternative research tools that render primate-based research "largely unnecessary."
Link: The Star
In an interview with the Associated Press, Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, explains how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's November 14 ivory crush is intended to deter elephant poaching. Born Free estimates that more than 30,000 elephants were slaughtered just last year: a considerable portion of the entire African elephant population.
On November 14, wildlife conservationists gathered near Denver for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's historic crush of 5.4 tons of elephant ivory. This event raised awareness of the illicit ivory trade, but advocates are still tasked with the complex, expensive challenge to combat dangerous poachers. Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, asserts that night vision gear will be one critical tool for African park rangers to catch elephant poachers in the act.
Link: Denver Post
In an interview with CBS's Denver affiliate, Born Free USA's Executive Vice President, Adam Roberts, discusses the various forms of elephant ivory to be destroyed at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's November 14 ivory crush. Born Free estimates that 32,000 elephants were killed by poachers in 2012 alone.
Link: CBS Denver
Born Free USA's Executive Vice President, Adam Roberts, attended the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's November 14 ivory crush near Denver. Roberts laments, "It's really a tragedy to think that a majestic African Elephant could be relegated to nothing more than piano keys or jewelry around one's neck. But that's still happening today. We have to send a clear message to poachers and smugglers around the world that ivory is not meant for the marketplace."
Link: FDVR Fox31
On Thursday, November 14, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service crushed more than six tons of elephant ivory--consisting of seized tusks, carvings, and trinkets--to raise awareness of the global poaching crisis, and to send the message that the illegal ivory trade will not be tolerated. Born Free USA's Executive Vice President, Adam Roberts, attended the historic crush near Denver.
Link: NBC News
Born Free USA's Executive Vice President, Adam Roberts, explains to Parade Magazine Online 5 reasons why exotic animals make bad pets.
With a historic crush of 5.4 tons of seized elephant ivory coming up next week, Will Travers, CEO of Born Free USA, reflects on Born Free's efforts to end the ivory trade, the harrowing plight of elephants, the U.S. government's involvement—and what still needs to be done.
Link: Huffington Post
Born Free Foundation presents a European film tour for "Blackfish," the acclaimed 2013 documentary that exposes abuse and exploitation in the captive marine mammal industry. Accompanied by a former SeaWorld trainer who will share her riveting accounts, the tour will span 8 European cities in 7 countries to spread the message of compassion.
Link: County Times
Paying a few bucks for a vacation photo-op with a ‘tame’ wild animal—like the now-infamous photo of singer Rihanna posing with a slow loris—may seem cute and harmless, but it perpetuates a horrifying cycle of animal abuse. As a tourist, keep your money in your pockets so that we can Keep Wildlife in the Wild.
Link: Mail Online
Thankfully, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's recent claim -- that shutting down the city's carriage industry would send 210 carriage horses to slaughter -- seems to be false. The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) assures the public that good homes would be found for all of the horses.
Listen to the latest radio interview with Born Free USA's Executive Vice President, Adam Roberts, on Rich Britton's animal-focused radio show, Passionate About Pets. Roberts explains Born Free USA's work, including the most recent baboon rescue at our Primate Sanctuary, fighting the ivory trade, and combating trapping on wildlife refuges.
Link: Passionate About Pets
The Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary is holding a “Baby Blankets for Primates” drive! Donated blankets will provide warmth, enrichment, and security for our residents, many of whom suffered brutal circumstances before arriving at the Sanctuary.
With a sharp increase in incidents involving escaped "pet" snakes harming communities and damaging ecosystems, it's clear why Will Travers, CEO of Born Free USA, opposes the keeping of snakes as pets.
Link: Huffington Post
Keep a primate warm this winter by donating a blanket to the "Baby Blankets for Primates" drive at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary! Tim Ajax, Director of the Sanctuary, says that "blankets can provide comfort to residents who have once been involved and suffered in the exotic pet trade."
Link: One Green Planet
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has designated that 60 chimpanzees, who have spent their entire lives in research facilities, are now eligible for retirement. But, due to budgetary limitations, the chimpanzees are still waiting to be moved to a sanctuary.
Link: ABC News
Great news for endangered shark species: the demand for shark fin soup is finally on the decline in China! Once a sign of social status, consumption of shark fin soup in China has plummeted by 50 to 70 percent in the past two years alone.
Link: Boston Globe
In Uganda's national parks, lion populations are disappearing at alarming rates, largely due to poisoning by local cattle herders. Such sharp declines could damage the local ecosystem and harm Ugandan tourism.
"Blackfish," the hit documentary from the Sundance Film Festival, makes its television premiere on Thursday, October 24, at 9:00pm ET on CNN. The film explores the contentious practice of keeping orcas in captivity, centering on the infamous 2010 story of SeaWorld trainer, Dawn Brancheau, who was killed in front of park-goers by a whale named Tilikum.
Three elephants from the Toronto Zoo have arrived safely at the Performing Animal Welfare Society's wildlife sanctuary in California, following a carefully monitored three-day trek. CTV News interviews Barry MacKay, Born Free USA's Senior Program Associate and Canadian Representative, about the importance of this move.
Link: CTV News
Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary's Alexandra Bowman speaks at the Pumpkins for Primates event in New Braunfels, Texas, where children learn about the hardships facing primates and decorate pumpkins (with non-toxic paint) to give to the primates at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. The event was presented by the local chapter of Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots organization.
Link: Herald Zeitung
After years of debate between animal advocates and zoo staff, three elephants from the Toronto Zoo will journey to their new home at the Performing Animal Welfare Society’s (PAWS) wildlife sanctuary in California. Born Free USA applauds the move and wishes the elephants a safe journey and happy life at PAWS.
Link: CBC News, Toronto
At the International March for Elephants, Born Free USA CEO Will Travers gives an impassioned speech about the cruel realities of the ivory trade. (You can also read a transcript of the speech here.)
Born Free USA's Canadian Representative, Barry McKay, speaks out against the recent decision to add the mourning dove to Ontario's list of species that can be hunted. Listen to his interview on CBC Toronto's radio show, Ontario Morning.
Born Free USA's Exotic Animal Incidents Database proves useful for tracking the recent rash of snake-related incidents, including those involving injuries and deaths to humans and other animals.
Born Free USA's Executive Vice President, Adam Roberts, speaks out about the dangers of owning deadly "pet" snakes.
Link: Wildlife Extra
Why does the U.S. still allow medical research on primates? Following Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary's recent addition of nine baboons from a research lab, this article explores the need to develop alternative methods of medical testing.
In a new interview, Jaimie Partin, Second Place winner in Born Free's 2013 fur-free fashion competition (fffashion), shares her compassionate inspiration for her prize-winning design, "Umbrella-la."
Link: Florida Today
At least 87 elephants are confirmed dead from cyanide poisoning in Zimbabwe’s largest national park. Three poachers have been charged and sentenced, but the fight against the ivory trade rages on.
Link: The Verge
Born Free USA’s Executive Vice President, Adam Roberts, speaks out about the ecological and public safety risks of owning dangerous “pet” snakes.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will now require internet-based animal sellers to meet minimum standards of animal welfare. This rule will force breeders to follow Animal Welfare Act guidelines when selling animals to buyers, sight unseen.
Link: Veterinary Practice News
Tune in online to the animal-focused TV program, A Close-Up Look at Animal Welfare Issues, this Wednesday, September 25 at 6:30pm to hear Born Free USA's Executive Vice President, Adam Roberts, discuss the Captive Primate Safety Act (HR2856). Roberts will discuss Born Free USA's support for the bill, which would prohibit the interstate commerce of primates in the multi-billion dollar exotic pet trade.
Will Travers, CEO of Born Free USA, recently spoke out about the deadly spike in rhino poaching at the Royal Geographic Society in London at an event called The Changing Face of the Rhino, marking World Rhino Day. Listen to Will’s speech and learn what you can do to help the rhinos.
The Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary is thrilled to welcome nine new baboons this week, all rescued from a research lab in New York. For the first time, they will experience sun, grass, and the company of other baboons.
Link: KENS5 San Antonio
Following a recent rash of deadly incidents involving dangerous pet snakes, Born Free USA's Executive Vice President, Adam Roberts, speaks out about why Born Free USA opposes the keeping of snakes as pets.
Born Free USA encourages Michigan citizens to support wolf protection ballot initiative.
Link: Petoskey News
Get to know Colin MacGregor, first place winner in Born Free USA's fifth annual Fur Free Fashion competition (fffashion). As an Apparel Design student, MacGregor proudly focuses on Born Free USA's ideal of sustainability in fashion.
Link: Wilmette Life
The popular publication tells the story of how a big-cat rescuer, Born Free USA's Executive Vice President, Adam Roberts, met and married a small-cat rescuer, Stephanie Shain. Their individual experiences with different types of cat rescue compliment and motivate each other to help cats of all sizes. Read the story »
Residents of the Windy City take two of the top four awards in fffashion, Born Free USA's Fur Free Fashion competition. Said our own Adam Roberts, "We want to identify and encourage emerging designers who believe in animal welfare and wildlife conservation and have no interest in perpetuating the cruel fur industry."
In light of the new panda born in Washington, D.C.'s National Zoo, our CEO, Will Travers, speaks out on captive breeding programs. He claims the money would be better spent preserving their habitat.
Link: National Geographic
Local communities fear for their safety after two pet boa constrictors in Missouri and a pet alligator in Kansas have gone missing from their enclosures. Born Free USA's Executive Vice President, Adam Roberts, speaks out about the inevitable animal welfare, human health and safety, and environmental risks involved with keeping wild animals as pets.
Link: The Kansas City Star
Born Free USA's Kate Dylewsky weighs in on the Fish and Wildlife Service's proposal to remove gray wolves from the national endangered species list. The gray wolf has already been delisted in the Great Lakes region, resulting in shocking wolf population declines. However, Born Free USA applauds the Department of Natural Resources for restricting the availability of wolf hunting licenses, and hopes that this will help to retain the number of wolves in the wild.
Link: Brainerd Dispatch
Born Free USA's EVP Adam Roberts weighs in on cruel rodeos and a new Venezuelan-Style practice of grabbing a bull by his tail instead of roping him, that's gaining popularity in the U.S.
Link: Associated Press
Our animal-incident database has documented 80 deaths from exotic animals since 1990, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. Born Free USA can only compile what we can document and those tend to be the more interesting cases, the ones that get in the news. There are plenty of animal scratches, bites and attacks that happen in people's backyards we never hear about.
Thrilling news in the fight against shark finning! New York governor Andrew Cuomo signed A.1769b/S.1711b, a bill that will finally make the possession and sale of shark fins illegal in the state. We applaud the New York legislature for taking strong action to end to it.
Link: Humane Society
Stopping the killing of sharks is part of a broader movement to stop the killing of wild animals and the trafficking of wildlife products around the world -- products that come from poaching elephants, tigers and rhinos, in addition to killing marine life --- and why Born Free USA works on such issues.