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Blood ivory: poachers use poison to slaughter elephants in Africa

Published 09/27/13

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


Snakes in the Florida Everglades, do they belong there

Published 09/27/13

Born Free USA’s Executive Vice President, Adam Roberts, speaks out about the ecological and public safety risks of owning dangerous “pet” snakes.

Link: Examiner.com

USDA Cracks Down on Internet Pet Sales

Published 09/27/13

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


A Close-Up Look at Animal Welfare Issues

Published 09/25/13

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.


The Changing Face of the Rhino

Published 09/24/13

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.

Link: YouTube


Nine baboons retired from research lab in New York arrive in South Texas

Published 09/20/13

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


Conservation organization calls for nationwide crackdown on keeping snakes as pets

Published 09/20/13

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.

Link: RTV6-ABC


Citizens should support efforts to keep wolves protected

Published 09/16/13

Born Free USA encourages Michigan citizens to support wolf protection ballot initiative.

Link: Petoskey News


Wilmette native wins first place in fashion design competition

Published 09/11/13

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


Cat Fancy profiles Born Free USA's Adam Roberts

Published 09/10/13

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 »


Chicago area residents are winners in fur-free fashion competition (Photos)

Published 08/30/13

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."

Link: Examiner.com


Is Breeding Pandas in Captivity Worth It?

Published 08/27/13

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


Concerns Rise After Exotic Pets Escape

Published 08/14/13

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


Wolf Hunt Quota

Published 08/13/13

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


Roping In New Rodeo Fans, Venezuelan-Style

Published 08/06/13

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


A place where beasts rediscover their beauty

Published 07/31/13

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.

Link: Star-Telegram

Finning is FINished in NY!

Published 07/26/13

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

How The World Is Saving The Shark

Published 07/17/13

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.

Link: CNN


White rhino 'Charlie' euthanized at Greater Vancouver Zoo

Published 07/11/13

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


Putting Life Back In The Wild

Published 07/01/13

"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


Africa on the Edge

Published 07/01/13

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


Footloose Montana Deserves Credit for Work on Trapping Issue

Published 06/30/13

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


Bloom’s Assembly Bill Calls for Action on Bobcats

Published 06/27/13

Born Free USA highlights the importance of passing AB 1213, the Bobcat Protection Act and urges all Californians to speak up.

Link: Topanga Messenger

Montanans must voice support for initiative to ban trapping on public lands

Published 06/24/13

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.

Link: Missoulian

Chimp Attack Victim Denied $150 Million Lawsuit Against State

Published 06/19/13

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.

Link: CNN


Listen: New York Bar Association

Published 06/19/13

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


Outlawing Shark Finning Is Important

Published 06/17/13

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


Few Owners Register Exotic Animals

Published 06/11/13

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


Avoid Encounters of the Wild Kind During Outdoor Activities

Published 06/11/13

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


Avoid Wildlife Encounters this Summer

Published 06/11/13

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


Let's Keep Moving in the Right Direction

Published 06/11/13

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


Op-Ed: Tracy Coppola and Adam Roberts: House Bill Protects People and Big Cats

Published 06/10/13
Source: The Fresno Bee

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


Bear euthanized after it attacks woman

Published 05/31/13
Source: News Times Connecticut

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 Calls for War on Animal Poachers

Published 05/23/13
By Fiona Harvey, The Guardian (U.K.)

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.

Link: Guardian.co.uk


National Geographic Embraces Our Database

Published 05/21/13

National Geographic used our Exotic Animal Incidents database to compile this creative online graphic earlier this year.

Link: NationalGeographic.com


California Japanese Restaurant Skewered for Serving Lion Meat

Published 05/20/13
By Aaron Kinney, San Mateo County Times

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.

Link: MercuryNews.com

Wildlife Agency Looking into Croc’s Death in Keys

Published 05/16/13
By CBS Miami

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.

Link: Miami.CBSLocal.com

Colorado Wildlife Ranger Fined for Poaching Mule Deer

Published 05/15/13
By Channel 7 (ABC), Denver

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.

Link: TheDenverChannel.com

Montana Looks to Expand Hunting of Wolves Despite Criticism

Published 05/14/13
By Laura Zuckerman, Reuters

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

South Dakota Wildlife Officers Kill Three Mountain Lions

Published 05/13/13
By Kevin Woster, Rapid City (SD) Journal

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.

Link: RapidCityJournal.com

Tiger, Mountain Lions Seized from Kansas Property

Published 05/08/13
By Heather Hollingsworth, Associated Press

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

Wildlife Officials Want Help in Bear Poaching Case in Snowmass Village

Published 05/07/13
By CBS 4, Denver

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.

Link: Denver.CBSlocal.com

Bear vs. Monkey Bicycle Race Ends Horribly at Shanghai Wild Animal Park

Published 05/06/13
By Andy Campbell, The Huffington Post

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

Expert: Rhinoceroses Extinct in Mozambique

Published 05/02/13
By Michelle Faul, Associated Press

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


Montana Company Faces Fines in Fatal Bear Mauling

Published 04/30/13
By Matthew Brown, Associated Press

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

EU Seal Products Import Ban Upheld by General Court

Published 04/29/13
By Associated Press

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

Humans Passing Drug Resistance to Wildlife in Protected Areas in Africa

Published 04/24/13
By Science Daily

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.

Link: ScienceDaily.com

Kansas Woman Meets Circus Tiger in Bathroom

Published 04/23/13
By KVVU-TV, Las Vegas

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.

Link: Fox5Vegas.com

Wildlife Groups: Chemical Killing Seabirds in Southwest England

Published 04/23/13

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.

Link: UPI.com

Bear Bile Industry Gets Bitten by Legal Action

Published 04/18/13
By China Daily

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.

Link: ChinaDaily.com

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