Born Free USA In The News
“Talkin’ Pets,” with International Talk Show Host, Jon Patch, shares the exciting news that legendary rock band, REO Speedwagon, helped to raise funds for the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary by giving concert-going donors a chance to win a guitar autographed by the band. Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, said of last weekend’s San Antonio concert, “The band has embraced our mission to Keep Wildlife in the Wild, and we are grateful they are on board.” For more animal-related stories, follow Talkin’ Pets on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/talkinpetsradio) and like them on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/talkinpetsradiofans).
Link: Talkin' Pets
Virginia McKenna, star of the iconic film, Born Free, and her son, Will Travers, Born Free CEO, sit down for an informative interview with London Evening Standard about the ongoing plight of elephants in the bloody ivory trade.
Link: London Evening Standard
Born Free USA’s Executive Vice President, Adam Roberts, recounts his experience at the historic November 14 ivory crush near Denver, Colorado--and meticulously explains the significance of the event. The crush was not only meant to send a message about destroying the value of ivory, but about crushing elephant poaching, wildlife trafficking, and other practices that harm wild animals.
Link: Advocacy for Animals
Born Free USA and the Humane Society of the United States report that more than half of the wildlife refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System allow trapping on their grounds. Legislation must be passed to ban these traps. Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, explains, “It is inexcusable to subject any animal to such a fate on lands intended for their preservation.”
“Blackfish,” the acclaimed 2013 documentary that exposes abuse and exploitation in the captive marine mammal industry, has educated audiences about the dangers of supporting SeaWorld—and now, three popular musical acts have cancelled upcoming shows at the theme park. Will Travers, CEO of Born Free, believes that this film will “change public attitudes” toward orcas, just as the 1966 film "Born Free" did for lions.
Link: The Guardian
In the Business Day section of The New York Times, Will Travers, CEO of Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, recounts his most memorable travel experiences--including the careful transport of Rocky, a rescued captive dolphin.
Link: The New York Times
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, 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
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
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
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
Born Free USA’s Executive Vice President, Adam Roberts, speaks out about the ecological and public safety risks of owning dangerous “pet” snakes.
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.
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
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