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Sen. Hatch Leads Effort to Strip Gray Wolves of Endangered Status

Published 03/27/13
By Ben Lockhart, Deseret News

Led by Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, 72 senators and representatives formally asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Monday (March 25) to delist the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act.

Link: DeseretNews.com


Dianna Hanson Lion Mauling: Born Free USA Urges Stricter Safety Standards

Published 03/25/13
By Chandrashekar Srinivasan, International Business Times

The tragic death of Dianna Hanson at the Cat Haven wildlife sanctuary in California should focus attention on the dangers of working in captive animal facilities, according to one of the world's foremost animal advocacy organizations.

Link: IBTimes.co.uk


Illinois Lawmaker Battles to Ban Lion Meat

Published 03/13/13
By CNN

Dying to try lion? If you live in Illinois, you'd better get your fix quickly before proposed legislation would make the "mane" course a Class A misdemeanor. Illinois State Representative Luis Arroyo proposed HB 2991 to the state's General Assembly last month. If the Lion Meat Act passes, Illinois will become the first U.S. state to forbid lion slaughter, or for any person to possess, breed, import, export, buy or sell lions for the purpose of slaughter.

Link: Eatocracy.CNN.com


Coroner: Lion Killed Woman after Escaping Cage

Published 03/08/13
By Tracie Cone and Gosia Wozniacka, Associated Press

The investigation into a lion attack that killed a 24-year-old woman who loved big cats is focusing on a cage door that the 550-pound animal managed to escape through to reach the volunteer intern, officials say.

Link: MiamiHerald.com


Born Free Executives Warn of the End of Many of the World's Most Iconic Species

Published 02/26/13
By Chicago Examiner

Adam Roberts, executive vice president of Born Free USA, a leader in wildlife conservation and animal welfare, and a board member of Species Survival Network (SSN), warned February 25, “We are presiding over a slide towards extinction for many of the world's most iconic species.”

Link: Examiner.com


The Lion's Fading Roar: Declining West African Lion Population Hints at Grim Future

Published 01/14/13
By Chandrashekar Srinivasan, International Business Times

It was alarming to read new research which suggests that the West African Lion may be on the verge of extinction, with just 645 members of the sub-species left in western and central Africa. The study, carried out by conservation group LionAid, finds there are no lions at all in 25 of the region's countries, and the animal is virtually extinct in 10 others. In Nigeria, once home to a huge community of West African Lions, just 34 remain.

Link: IBTimes.co.uk


Largest Transfer of Macaques in History Is Complete

Published 12/11/12
By Reading Eagle (Reading, PA)

This past September marked the ending of a journey that involved transferring 107 macaques and one baboon from their former home, the defunct Wild Animal Orphange (WAO), San Antonio, Texas to their new location in Dilley, Texas. The macaques and baboon will now live out their lives in the primate sanctuary on 186 acres under the supervision of Tim Ajax, Director of the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary.

Link: ReadingEagle.com


African Lions Near Protection

Published 11/29/12
By Anastasia Thrift, Cat Channel

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will consider protecting the African lion under the Endangered Species Act. The groups Born Free USA, Born Free Foundation, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, Defenders of Wildlife and the Fund for Animals filed the petition for protective status in a joint effort, and thanked the USFWS for its preliminary positive 90-day finding.

Link: CatChannel.com


Hope for African Lions

Published 11/29/12
By Michele C. Hollow, Pet News and Views

African lions may soon be protected under the Endangered Species Act thanks to petitions filed by Born Free USA, Born Free Foundation, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the Humane Society of the U.S, the Humane Society International, Defenders of Wildlife and the Fund for Animals.

Link: PetNewsandViews.com


African Lion Could End Up on Endangered Species List

Published 11/27/12
By Miguel Llanos, NBC News

If wildlife activists have their way, U.S. hunters trekking to Africa soon won't be able to bring back any lion skins or skulls as trophies. Acting on a petition by those activists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday said it will study whether the species warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act. Born Free USA, one of the petition groups, called the review "the necessary first step toward ensuring a chance at survival for this beleaguered species."

Link: NBCNews.com


More Stores Go Fur Free

Published 11/21/12
By Michele C. Hollow, Pet News and Views

I’ve always thought that fur looks best on the original owner, and while I’m a pretty open minded person, I’m prejudiced against people who wear fur. I’m happy to report that a record number of retailers are not carrying fur. In fact, this is the biggest year for the International Fur Free Retailer Program. Launched and co-founded by Born Free USA in 2006, the program has more than 50 retailers signing on in 2012 throughout 20 countries.

Link: PetNewsandViews.com


Lawsuits, Controversy Surround Ban on Exotic Animals

Published 11/19/12
By Tom Beyerlein and Andrew McGinn, Dayton (OH) Daily News

A year after a Zanesville man freed 56 jungle cats and other dangerous animals, triggering worldwide condemnation of Ohio’s lax regulation, the state is beginning to implement a ban on most private ownership of big cats, alligators and other wild creatures.

Link: DaytonDailyNews.com


New NY Bill Attacks Exotic Animal Owners

Published 06/21/12
By James Arkin, New York Daily News

A new bill passed by the Assembly and Senate today would increase the restrictions and punishments concerning exotic animal owners in New York State. Owners would not be penalized with a fine for the intentional or negligent release of exotic animals and are required to report the release to law enforcement immediately. Adam Roberts, an exotic animals expert for the animal advocacy group Born Free USA, said mistreatment of animals and danger to the public are both at play.

Link: NYDailyNews.com

New D.C. Wildlife Trapping Law Gets First Test: a Raccoon

Published 04/25/12
By Martin Austermuhle

In 2010, the District of Columbia Council passed the Wildlife Protection Act, which requires that pest control companies operating in the city use non-lethal and humane methods to capture vermin. The law has been controversial—remember Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's claim that it would force D.C. rats to be relocated to the Old Dominion (even though mice and rats are exempted from the law)?—but it hasn't yet been tested. Until now.

Link: DCist.com


New York Doesn't Want to Be a Bear-Poaching Mecca

Published 04/24/12
By Adam Martin, The Atlantic

Until recently, the state of New York state has been a leading destination for those who wanted to poach bears and sell their parts, but thanks to a new law this year, which NPR explored on Tuesday morning, that's now illegal. Still, there's money to be made on bears.

Link: AtlanticWire.com

King’s Elephant Hunt is Disgrace to Humanity

Published 04/19/12
By Mike Di Paola, Bloomberg News

It’s been a terrible week for King Juan Carlos of Spain and, more importantly, for elephants. The 74-year-old potentate broke his hip trying to slaughter elephants on a hunt in Botswana. News of his accident didn’t play well back home, where high unemployment and bad loans darken Spain’s economic future.

Link: BusinessWeek.com


More Than 100 Primates Given New Homes

Published 12/16/11
By Vincent T. Davis, My San Antonio

A transfer of 113 primates from the defunct Wild Animal Orphanage to the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley was approved Monday by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas. In August 2010, the Northwest Side animal orphanage announced on its website that it was being dissolved because of overpopulation, underfunding and inadequate housing. More than 190 animals were at two locations, a 7-acre site at 9626 Leslie Road and 102 acres on Talley Road, at the time of the announcement.

Link: GlobalAnimal.org


Court Approves Transfer of Primates from Closed Sanctuary

Published 11/22/11
By Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News

A transfer of 113 primates from the defunct Wild Animal Orphanage to the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley was approved Monday by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas. In August 2010, the Northwest Side animal orphanage announced on its website that it was being dissolved because of overpopulation, underfunding and inadequate housing.

Link: San Antonio Express-News


112 Monkeys, Baboon to Get New Home after Bankruptcy

Published 11/21/11
By MSNBC.com

A wildlife shelter that went bust will be transferring 113 primates to a nearby sanctuary after a bankruptcy judge on Monday approved the move. "We don't have definitive historical numbers on rescues, but it is clearly one of the largest single rescues we know of," Adam Roberts, executive vice president of Born Free USA, told msnbc.com.

Link: MSNBC.com


Exotic Animal Laws Vary from State to State

Published 10/21/11
By Carmen Cox, Akron (Ohio) News Now

Incidents involving exotic animals kept in private may appear to be an oddity but, according to Born Free USA, a national animal advocacy and wildlife organization, they are not rare. In fact, this week's incident in Ohio could be a cautionary tale for states across the country.

Link: Akron News Now


Why the Zanesville Animal Tragedy Could Haunt Ohio's Governor

Published 10/21/11
By Chris Good, The Atlantic

Ohio has some of the nation's loosest laws concerning exotic animals, and after the tragedy in Zanesville Wednesday, those laws are under even greater scrutiny from animal-rights activists and the press. So is Gov. John Kasich, the Republican serving the first year of his first term, who declined to extend a policy that would have shut down Terry Thompson's farm.

Link: The Atlantic


Ohio Escape Renews Call for Exotic-Animal Crackdown

Published 10/19/11
By James Eng, MSNBC

The case of an Ohio man who set loose his collection of wild bears, lions, tigers and other beasts before apparently killing himself has animal-welfare organizations renewing their call for a clampdown on ownership of exotic animals. “Exotic, dangerous animals simply do not belong in private hands. It’s not worth the risk,” said Adam Roberts, executive vice president of Born Free USA.

Link: MSNBC.com


Avoiding Encounters of the Wild Kind

Published 08/03/11

Learning how to respect and respond to wildlife while camping, picnicking, and hiking can mean the difference between co-existing peacefully and being in serious danger. Born Free USA, the leading animal welfare and wildlife conservation organization, reports that there is an increase in wildlife encounters this time of year because families are enjoying activities that take place at the home of these animals.

Link: Bangor (Maine) Daily News


BFUSA's Roberts Pushes for Primate Safety

Published 07/13/11
By David Moran, Canton (Conn.) Patch

The Captive Primate Safety act, introduced by U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., David Vitter, R-La., and Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal, aims to eliminate the interstate sale of monkeys, apes and other non-human primates in the exotic pet trade.

“The captive primate trade involves enormous suffering and threats to human safety,” said Adam Roberts, executive vice president of Born Free USA. “These innocent animals are often confined in small cages and have their teeth extracted. We can’t allow animals to be mutilated in the name of companionship. There is simply no excuse for keeping nonhuman primates as pets. Wildlife belongs in the wild.”

Link: Canton (Conn.) Patch


New York’s Failure to Enact Laws Banning Sale of Bear Parts Is Boon to Poachers

Published 05/02/11
By Glenn Blain, New York Daily News

The state's failure to enact laws banning the sale of bear gallbladders and bile has allowed New York to become a haven for poachers and profiteers who ship the valuable products overseas for use in traditional Asian medicines, wildlife advocates claim. "Our biggest concern is about New York being used as a laundering point to get gallbladders out of the country," said Adam Roberts, executive vice president of Born Free USA. "They are being shipped out of New York to places like Korea."

Link: New York Daily News


Fort Worth Taxidermy Sale the Stuff of Philosophical Debate

Published 04/14/11
By Scott Farwell, Dallas Morning News

It isn’t often that a public auction inspires debate about man’s place on the planet, his relationship with the natural world or the nobility of wild and free animals. But the sale of more than 700 taxidermy mounts this weekend in Fort Worth — including full-body displays of lions, a brown bear and a tiger — illustrates the often-contentious relationship between animal-rights advocates and hunters.

Link: Dallas Morning News


Spotlight: Born Free USA

Published 04/12/11

Born Free USA's executive vice president, Adam Roberts, gives an overview of our organization and what some of our most pressing issues are in an interview with the Vegan Consultant website.

Link: Vegan Consultant


What Birds Want in a Birdhouse

Published 03/26/11
By Debbie Arrington, The Sacramento Bee

The world of birdhouses is divided into two parts: cute, decorative, often whimsical creations that appeal to humans, and functional nesting boxes that the birds will actually use.

Link: The Sacramento Bee

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