Adam Roberts in Print
The trade in illegal elephant ivory from Africa to Asia relies on as few as 200 shipping containers in a year, offering a weak point to target smugglers, according to Out of Africa: a report released last week by Born Free USA and C4ADS. “What we want to do is get a commitment from freight companies that they will not allow themselves to be used for this nefarious wildlife crime,” explains Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA.
On Wednesday, Born Free USA and C4ADS released a shocking report, “Out of Africa: Mapping the Global Trade in Illicit Elephant Ivory,” which asserts that efforts to stop the illegal killing of African elephants should focus on ivory transshipment ports and personnel. Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, explains that this “transit or supply chain is the single greatest point of vulnerability in the illicit ivory system.” Read Roberts’ informative interview about ivory trafficking syndicates, the African ports that ship out most of the ivory, and why law enforcement should target that link in the trade chain.
Link: National Geographic
An insatiable Chinese demand for ivory and the increasing involvement of organized crime syndicates in smuggling are causing the mass killing of Africa’s elephants, and could trigger a stampede to extinction if unchecked, according to a groundbreaking report released today by Born Free USA and C4ADS. Out of Africa: Mapping the Global Trade in Illicit Elephant Ivory asserts that “poaching and trafficking in ivory is at the highest level in 25 years.” According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, “The more we can attack the ivory trade before the ivory gets to market, the more we can deter these poachers and profiteers from making money off dead elephants."
Link: NBC News
A two-month-old rhesus macaque named Bubbles—who has quickly gained fame as an internet sensation—is being raised by a Texas woman who treats the monkey as if she were a human child. “Keeping animals in unnatural conditions means they are put at physical and mental risk,” said Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA. “That mentality…is a very human-centered view of what the animal wants and needs and can withstand…as opposed to one that puts the animal's needs first.”
Listen to a brand new radio interview with Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, in which he discusses the dire need to protect lions from extinction—and what Born Free USA is doing to help.
Link: BYU Radio
Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, continues his monthly column for Wildlife Extra with his views on marine mammals being kept in captivity—and the continuing controversy surrounding SeaWorld.
Link: Wildlife Extra
New Jersey has become the first state to ban the sale or import of ivory and rhinoceros horns in a bid to stem the state’s role as a major hub in the illegal trade of such products. “New Jersey has emerged as a powerful leader on these issues,” said Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA. “This new law is of particular importance because the port of Newark is a hub for illegal wildlife trade. The elephant poaching epidemic across Africa has reached crisis levels and rhino poaching is escalating exponentially, so we have no time to waste in enacting legislation.”
Read the latest blog installment from Born Free USA CEO, Adam M. Roberts, on One Green Planet. This month, Roberts discusses the hypocritical practice of trapping on national wildlife refuges: lands set aside for the express purpose of conservation. Explains Roberts, “What I don’t know, and what I simply can’t accept, is that there can be a place in America called a ‘wildlife refuge’ that allows the trapping of wild animals. Synonyms for refuge: sanctuary, shelter, asylum, haven.”
Link: One Green Planet
Today, August 4, the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit will hold five signature events, one of them being “Combating Wildlife Trafficking”—“an opportunity for African leaders to join together and share their ideas on how to best counter the poaching threat,” according to the White House website. Born Free USA's CEO, Adam M. Roberts, would like to see a more hands-on approach that includes having the range states close their borders to ivory imports and infuse anti-poaching and wildlife law enforcement efforts on the ground.
A recent campaign by Born Free USA asked fur owners to donate their old garments to help rehabilitate injured or orphaned wildlife. “The furs are being used to replicate the warmth, comfort, and stimulation that young orphaned animals would have otherwise experienced from their mothers, siblings, and their natural environment,” says Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA. The organization sent 100-plus furs to wildlife rehabilitation centers across the country.
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. “Fed wildlife is dead wildlife,” explains Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA. “Once a wild animal becomes accustomed to hand-outs by people, they eventually become regarded as ‘nuisance animals’ which opens the door to lethal control.”
Link: Living Green Magazine
Born Free USA’s CEO, Adam M. Roberts, continues his monthly column for Wildlife Extra. In this edition, he speaks out against the illegal trade in tiger parts: “More tigers are kept in private hands in America than remain in all of their historic wild range. This is a species that has suffered a 96 per cent decline in the past century. It is a pitiful indictment of human shortsightedness that the species’ plight has become so critical.”
Link: Wildlife Extra
World Cup fever has crossed over into the animal kingdom! Watch the latest video released by Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, in which nine rescued cheetah cubs ‘play soccer’ at Ensessakotteh: Born Free’s Wildlife Rescue, Conservation, and Education Centre in Ethiopia. "It is amazing to be able to give these cubs a safe, active environment,” explains Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and acting CEO of the Born Free Foundation. "All of the cheetahs currently being cared for by our rescue center in Ethiopia were rescued from the illegal wildlife trade.”
Citizens from all 180 nations represented at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) will monitor the upcoming deliberations of the CITES Standing Committee in Geneva (July 7 - 11, 2014), where decision-makers and politicians will meet to debate the future of some of the planet’s most threatened species. According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and acting CEO of Born Free Foundation, “CITES delegates have an amazing opportunity in Geneva to address the issues of endangered species conservation – the startling statistics of the wildlife trade will surely make anyone’s blood run cold.”
Link: Talkin’ Pets
The New Jersey legislature passed a bill that seeks to eliminate trade in ivory and rhinoceros horn. Illegal trafficking of these wildlife products is directly responsible for shocking declines in wild populations in recent years, and this bill is a crucial step toward reducing the target market. “As the second largest ivory market in the world, the United States bears a significant responsibility to act now,” says Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA. “New Jersey is of particular importance because the port of Newark is a hub for illegal wildlife trade.” The New York State legislature has also just passed a bill banning the sale of ivory and rhino horn.
Link: Pet News and Views
Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, begins his brand new monthly column for Wildlife Extra by examining the intricacies of the devastating rhino horn trade. He writes, “Rhino poaching for rhino horn is driving the species to extinction. This is an international crisis with significant consequences, and Born Free USA is urging every government globally to take action.”
Link: Wildlife Extra
Read Born Free USA CEO Adam M. Roberts’ blog about the plight of cheetahs—and why we must crack down on the cheetah trade.
Link: One Green Planet
Two suspected poachers have been arrested for the May 23 murder of Dexter Chilunda, the head of law enforcement for Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia. “Ranger Chilunda's murder exemplifies the sad story of wildlife law enforcement officers literally laying their lives on the line across Africa to protect endangered animals,” said Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA. “The effects are broad and lasting, as families must survive the loss of the sole breadwinner.”
“Ivory’s Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa,” a report recently released by Born Free USA and C4ADS, asserts that Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Sudan, Gabon, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have “corrupt governments” that support elephant poaching. Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, states, “It’s not just enough to say [elephant poaching is caused by] criminal syndicates, nefarious profiteers. We wanted to know who is really behind it so that we can try and get governments around the world to do more to crack down.”
Link: The Citizen
Battle lines are being drawn after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s announcement last month to suspend import of elephant trophies from Tanzania and Zimbabwe for the remainder of 2014. Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, says the new rules represent “common sense limits. Trophy hunting that threatens endangered wildlife is not real conservation.” But, he adds, the government is giving a contradictory message in terms of the overall ivory ban and its public stance against elephant poaching. “A poacher is not allowed to kill an elephant and shop the ivory overseas. But an American hunter is allowed to engage in the same slaughter and movement of ivory? The goal should be no more killing. Full stop.”
Link: National Geographic
Born Free USA’s CEO, Adam M. Roberts, discusses the war on ivory—and how the newly released report, “Ivory’s Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa,” reveals complex networks behind the ivory trade. Roberts declares, “We will call upon global decision-makers to uniformly prohibit the trade in ivory to once again dry up the marketplace. We will encourage targeted action in each of the poaching and trade hotspots we have identified to make sure the right approach is applied in the right place. And we will continue to identify the nefarious people working to doom elephants for their own greed.”
Link: One Green Planet
Born Free USA’s commissioned report, “Ivory’s Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa,” finds that corrupt government officials are behind intensive, organized, illegal hunting in Tanzania’s protected areas. 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 my lifetime.”
Link: IPP Media
A new report, commissioned by Born Free USA, says organized crime, government corruption, and militias are all linked to elephant poaching and the illegal ivory trade. Regarding poaching, Adam M. Roberts, Born Free USA’s CEO, explains, “It’s not just enough to say it’s criminal syndicates, nefarious profiteers. We wanted to know who is really behind it so that we can try and get governments around the world to do more to crack down.”
Link: Voice of America
Born Free USA commissioned a report from C4ADS to better understand the role organized crime and corrupt government officials play in ivory trafficking across Africa. Born Free USA’s CEO, Adam M. Roberts, explains, "Our findings shine a bright light on Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Sudan, and Kenya, where poachers move across borders with near impunity, slaughter elephants with complete disregard, and use the ivory to fund violent operations across the continent.”
Link: Yahoo! News
Vassar College profiles the career of one of its successful graduates: Born Free USA’s CEO, Adam M. Roberts (class of 1990). This informative piece details Roberts’ professional background, how he became interested in animal advocacy, and his vision for the future of Born Free USA. “We’re looking to improve and enhance animal rights laws at the state and federal level here in the U.S. as well as do a lot more in the area of international animal rights policy,” Roberts says.
Link: Vassar College
Parade discusses 10 types of animals—from elephants, to polar bears, to bald eagles—who play important roles in the survival of our planet. Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, contributes his expertise throughout, stressing that “each animal has an intrinsic value.” Be sure to click the pink “Launch Gallery” button at the end of the article to see the list of animals—with Roberts’ commentary!
Born Free USA is featured in the newest issue of Kiwi, in an article titled "Caring for consumers: A look at the watchdog groups working to keep you informed." Adam M. Roberts, Born Free USA's CEO, explains our organizational goals, and the article briefly outlines our campaigns.
It has come to light that SeaWorld administered diazepam, a psychoactive drug, to a nursing orca—which is a clear violation of veterinary guidelines. Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, echoed the veterinary spokesman’s concerns: “Long-term high dosage can cause amnesia, heightened anxiety, aggression, and unpredictability, as well as probable birth and neonatal defects when administered to pregnant or nursing females.”
Link: The Dodo
Congressional Quarterly (CQ) features Born Free USA's CEO, Adam Roberts, in its most recent publication. The article details Born Free USA's history, our focus on policy change to protect wildlife, and Roberts' expert background in the field of animal advocacy. Be sure to give this exciting article a read to learn more about our work to save animals!
Link: Congressional Quarterly
Adam Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, speaks out against Copenhagen Zoo’s decision to euthanize four healthy lions, just weeks after the zoo killed a healthy two-year-old giraffe. Roberts calls the zoo’s program “irresponsible, unsound, and unethical.”
On the heels of the controversial 2013 documentary, Blackfish—and the subsequent public criticism of SeaWorld—Natural Pet World magazine explores the harsh reality of animal captivity. The article features Born Free USA CEO, Adam Roberts, who urges, “The way to learn about wild animals is to see them in the wild... This is infinitely more educational than seeing animals clinging to life in unnatural settings that are dangerous for both animals and people.”
Link: Natural Pet World
The April 2014 issue of National Geographic Magazine carefully explores the risks of exotic pet ownership. Adam Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, contributes his expertise to this wonderfully detailed piece.
Jon Patch, host of the Talkin’ Pets radio and internet show, discusses Born Free USA’s involvement in World Wildlife Day (March 3). As Adam Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, explains, “The global wildlife trade is among the most profitable illicit enterprises along with drug and gun running… It is a wildly destructive and cruel enterprise that must be controlled.”
Link: Talkin’ Pets
Listen to the Animals Today Radio interview with Adam Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, in which he criticizes the recent slaughter of a healthy, young Copenhagen Zoo giraffe: a shocking story that sparked international outrage.
Link: Animals Today Radio
Two primates—a Japanese macaque and a vervet monkey—have been rescued from “deplorable” conditions in a Carlisle, Pennsylvania home and relocated to the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley, Texas. “We are grateful to help these two primates,” said Born Free USA CEO Adam Roberts. “They are the lucky ones.”
Link: Penn Live
National Bird Day, the annual avian celebration, is a day to recognize the plight of captive and wild birds. Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, states, “While some may argue that breeding and the pet industry increase the odds of survival, a literal bird in a cage does not make up for one absent from the wild.”
Link: The Oregonian
“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
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.”
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
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
Born Free USA’s Executive Vice President, Adam Roberts, speaks out about the ecological and public safety risks of owning dangerous “pet” snakes.
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 »
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
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
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.
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
In 1916, poet Carl Sandburg memorialized Chicago as “hog butcher to the world.” Now, one Illinois lawmaker wants to stop the city from earning a new reputation as lion butcher to the country. State Rep. Luis Arroyo (D) is behind the proposed legislation — the first in the nation to outlaw lion meat. Under Arroyo’s plan, anyone caught selling or slaughtering African lion (Panthera leo leo) would serve a year in jail and/or pay a $25,000 fine.
In reaction to recent reports that the demand for fur in China is causing a revival of fur farms in the United States, Born Free USA wants the public to be aware of the animal welfare and environment consequences.
While many Floridians are well-versed in animal protection and guarding against invasive species — such as the Burmese python — not everyone in Southwest Florida is pleased with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's foreign push and what it might mean for local animals.