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.
Born Free USA weighs in on the death of Charlie, The Greater Vancouver Zoo's 46-year-old southern white rhinoceros who was euthanized, by mourning a life spent in captivity and hopes another rhino is not condemned to take his place behind bars.
Link: CBC News
"The Hindu" interviews our CEO, Will Travers, about the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) conference and the Species Survival Network (SSN), a coalition of nearly 100 organizations committed to the strict enforcement of the CITES resolutions, of which Born Free USA is a member.
Link: The Hindu
Born Free USA's CEO Will Travers reports on the brutal events unfolding in Africa regarding the wildlife trade, specifically in ivory. He's discovered an undeniable truth: that human-related and animal-related aspects of the crisis are directly connected. The facilitation of poaching operations by the corruption in Central African countries' governments and as well as the region's engagement in civil war, have a detrimental effect on the elephant population.
Link: Huffington Post
Born Free USA thanks Footloose Montana for its hard work on the 2013 ballot initiative to prohibit trapping on public lands and the state of Montana.
Link: Billings Gazette
Born Free USA highlights the importance of passing AB 1213, the Bobcat Protection Act and urges all Californians to speak up.
Link: Topanga Messenger
Getting this anti-trapping measure on the ballot in Montana would be an important step toward ending the cruelty associated with cruel and indiscriminate traps - saving both wildlife and dogs and cats.
Charla Nash has unfortunately not prevailed in her attempt to hold the State of Connecticut accountable for the mauling she sustained at the hands of a privately held chimpanzee. Born Free USA’s Adam Roberts advised the Nash legal team in the case.
Audio recording of the roundtable discussion on the elephant and rhino poaching crisis, sponsored by the New York Bar Association. The panelists included a reporter for National Geographic, representative from INTERPOL, NY state wildlife law enforcement officer and Born Free USA's EVP Adam Roberts.
Listen: New York Bar Association
Born Free USA points out that if state and federal legislation works together, sharks will have the best chance of escaping suffering and death.
Link: Marianas Variety
In Ohio, 142 private owners registered a total of 360 dangerous wild animals during a two-month registration period last year, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. But that number, some experts say, doesn't begin to capture the number of exotic animals that are being kept by private owners throughout the state.
Link: Dayton Daily News
Learning how to respect and respond to wildlife in your backyard — and while camping, picnicking, and hiking — can mean the difference between co-existing peacefully and being in serious danger. Remember "fed wildlife is dead wildlife."
Link: Living Green Magazine
With Summer here, so is the prime time for spotting wildlife and in case you encounter a wild animal during your outdoor activities, Born Free USA has some tips for you. One being to remember that you are on their turf.
Link: Pet News and Views
Born Free USA urges the ban of cruel, indiscriminate traps to save dogs, cats and wildlife and supports Senator Sanderson and SB 689.
Link: Star News Online
Keeping big cats as pets, in private zoo exhibits or for photo opportunities with any unwitting member of the community is a serious problem that must stop. Born Free USA commends Reps. McKeon and Sanchez for spearheading the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act (H.R. 1998) to prohibit the breeding and private possession of big cats and requiring current "owners" to register their big cats with the USDA.
Link: The Fresno Bee
A black bear was euthanized after chasing a pet dog and injuring a woman Wednesday morning, a state spokesman confirmed. Born Free USA reminds people that it's best to avoid a conflict from the start.
Link: News Times Connecticut
Prince Charles has warned that criminal gangs are turning to animal poaching, an unprecedented slaughter of species that can only be stopped by waging war on the perpetrators, in the latest of a series of increasingly outspoken speeches about the environment.
National Geographic used our Exotic Animal Incidents database to compile this creative online graphic earlier this year.
A Japanese restaurant that offers exotic meats may have bitten off more than it can chew. Mokutanya charcoal grill recently added African lion to the menu as a promotional item, and news accounts have generated a swiftly developing backlash on Facebook and other social media sites. Meanwhile, an animal rights advocate, who has investigated how lion meat is produced, said consumers should be wary.
Wildlife officials are looking for answers after a crocodile was found dead in Florida Bay. The croc’s body was found floating in the water near Islamorada on Sunday (May 12), according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
A Colorado Parks and Wildlife ranger has been fined and demoted, but not fired, for using artificial light while poaching a trophy mule deer after legal hunting hours last October.
Conservationists are criticizing a plan by wildlife managers in Montana that would nearly double the number of wolves a person is allowed to kill each year, lengthen the hunting season and sanction shooting of wolves near baited traps.
Link: Yahoo! News
Life is more relaxed in Keystone these days, following the shooting of three mountain lions that had confronted dogs, strolled through yards and killed deer on city streets. State Game, Fish & Parks Department officers killed an adult female lion and two 40-pound kittens in Keystone on the nights of May 5 and May 6 after a string of cat sightings in town over several weeks.
A tiger and two mountain lions were among a menagerie of wild cats seized from private farmland in rural northeast Kansas, where they lived in inadequate chain-link enclosures and weren't properly fed or watered, authorities said Monday (May 6).
Link: Yahoo! News
One of the first poaching cases of the spring has Colorado wildlife officials very worried. They found a bear next to a shed full of dumpsters in Snowmass Village.
A bicycle race between a bear and two monkeys quickly turned from road rage to road kill, after the bear crashed and savagely mauled the simian. We don't know much about this video past the fact that it begins in glory and ends in horror. Live Leak released it on Sunday, claiming that the bear vs. monkey bicycle race is a stunt put on by the Shanghai Wild Animal Park.
Link: Huffington Post
Mozambique's rhinoceros population was wiped out more than a century ago by big game hunters. Reconstituted several years ago, it has again been driven to extinction, or to the brink of extinction, by poachers seeking their horns for sale in Asia. A leading rhino expert told The Associated Press that the last rhino in the southern African nation has been killed.
Link: Yahoo! News
The death of a Montana animal trainer mauled by a pair of 500-pound captive brown bears could have been prevented if standard safety practices had been followed, federal authorities said Tuesday (April 30), as state officials revealed that the private menagerie where the death occurred has seen numerous animal escapes.
Link: Yahoo! News
A court says the European Union's ban on importing products from seal hunts can stand, despite a challenge by manufacturers and traders. EU law authorizes the marketing of seal products resulting only from hunts traditionally conducted by Inuit communities for subsistence.
Link: Huffington Post
A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered that humans are passing antibiotic resistance to wildlife, especially in protected areas where numbers of humans are limited.
A central Kansas woman likely won't remember her first circus for the clowns or performances — it'll be the tiger in the bathroom. The big cat had escaped briefly after its turn in the ring Saturday at the Isis Shrine Circus in Salina. Staff members blocked off the concourses at the Bicentennial Center as the tiger wandered into the bathroom, where one of the doors was blockaded.
Hundreds of seabirds have been killed on the Dorset coast in southwest England by a chemical released by ships, wildlife groups say. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds said in a statement it has joined two other groups in a letter to Stephen Hammond, a member of Parliament and official in the Transportation Ministry, urging him to lead an effort to ban polyisobutene or PIB. The chemical coats birds' plumage and prevents them from feeding, causing them to starve.
Chinese wildlife activists have resorted to legal action for the first time to try to end the bear bile industry, which has aroused concern due to the alleged ill treatment of bears. Animal rights activists, led by Beijing Fengtai YTAHZ Environmental Institute, a Beijing-based NGO promoting environmental protection, brought a lawsuit against the wildlife authority of Fujian province on April 11, requesting that it revoke the certificate issued to a medicine manufacturer that legally allows it to extract bile from live bears.