The excitement and bluster of a wild week for elephants, tigers, rhinos, great apes, and other species now wanes in the final day of the CITES Standing Committee meeting. While the Committee reviews reports from the week, my thoughts start churning in anticipation of the next international wildlife trade event — the 15th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES in Doha, Qatar next March. There is such an incredible amount of work to do in the next eight months!
It’s a good news / bad news day from the conference centre in Geneva. Which do you want first?
Now it’s heating up.
Yesterday I mentioned the illegal primate trade and the transit routes through Egypt to the Middle East. Since then, noted but controversial filmmaker and conservationist Karl Amman has been thrown out of the meeting while trying to interview the Chinese delegation and CITES Secretary-General on film.
We’ve spent a long day wading through technical administrative matters, but I think we have been winning more than we are losing so far. Every bit of forward progress helps.
Well, the first day of Standing Committee to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has come to an end in Geneva, Switzerland ... imagine a huge room with rows of tables, hundreds of delegates (some would say “government bureaucrats”), headphones, microphones, papers, computers, and the slightly muted buzzing of simultaneous translation into the three working languages of the Convention: English, French, and Spanish.
Born Free USA is excited to announce our inaugural Keep Wildlife in the Wild Week June 1 through June 7, 2009. Each day, we’ll highlight a species in peril, an animal in need, or an issue facing wildlife as well as providing educational information, easy-to-complete challenges, important things to do and not to do, and more.
Two of the compassionate corporate partners joining our efforts this week are CHANCEtoGIVE, a cutting edge iPhone application that allows users a convenient new way to make donations to their favorite charities including Born Free USA; and GG2G, an innovative Connecticut-based accessory company that makes bags from recycled materials, including highway billboards.
For a limited time, Born Free USA is delighted to offer you the opportunity to acquire an autographed copy of Born Free star and founder Virginia McKenna’s new memoir, The Life in My Years. We have only a few copies available, so hurry!
From Animal Issues, Volume 40 Number 1, Spring 2009
Ken Guerrero, who devoted most of his life to making the world a better place for animals, died on February 10, 2009. He was 84.
Christian the Lion’s amazing story took place a long time ago. In the early 1970s it was possible, in the UK, to buy a lion from a department store; it was possible to keep that lion in a furniture shop; to exercise him in a church graveyard; to take him to the beach and to have him come to live in my family’s garden in the country.
Our suit against Ringling for mistreatment of its elephants is finally underway in Washington, DC, before U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan. Our own Nicole G. Paquette, Esq., Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Born Free USA united with API, is a witness at the trial. Visit the trial press page to get the latest on this historical trial now.
The last days of 2008. A new year, full of promise, expectation — and uncertainty — looms. What will it hold? Dreams come true or dreams shattered?
Without doubt, the coming months will turbulent. The hopes of half the world seem to rest on the shoulders of President-elect Obama, hope for a new way of doing things, a new sense of humanity and compassion, a kinder and more inclusive world.
Our CEO Will Travers is in Geneva attending the 57th Standing Committee to CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) as a representative for the animals. Be sure to check his blogs as he gives us the latest developments on changing the rules of the ivory trade:
Friday June 18 saw the launch of two important short films, sponsored by Born Free Foundation and Born Free USA, featuring the devastating impact of deforestation on the people and wildlife of Indonesia.
You can help us find out. With our Zoo Check form, you can help us track abuses and substandard conditions suffered by animals in zoos, aquariums, circuses, or other places that exhibits animals.
Last month, we told you about a great new book, Gorgeously Green, written by longtime friend to Born Free, Sophie Uliano.
Gorgeously Green, the new book by Sophie Uliano, longtime friend to Born Free, will hit bookstores April 8, and provides readers with simple steps to make their lives more “green.” After all, green is the new black! With a forward by actor and activist, Julia Roberts, Gorgeously Green is a must-have for any gal making environmentally positive changes in her life. And Ms. Roberts isn’t the only celebrity hip to Sophie’s tips. Oprah will soon welcome Sophie to her talk show. Be sure to check your local listings.
Be sure to check out our new blog, where members of the Born Free USA team and animal experts talk about issues that make them tick — or just plain tick them off! Whether it’s a topic that infuriates, delights, or challenges, the Born Free USA blog is yet another way for us to connect and share stories about the work that inspires us all. Be sure to sign up to receive RSS feeds straight to your inbox!
In 2007, Handle with Care, a global coalition of national and international animal protection organizations (including Born Free USA united with API), conducted an investigation into one of the worst transportation routes pigs travel in North America.
If you're on Facebook, add us! If you're not, here's your excuse to get online and join in. It’s a great way to connect with like-minded people who care about the things you care about, like making sure wild animals stay where they belong ... in the wild.
News of the fatal mauling by a tiger at the San Francisco Zoo has made headlines around the world, igniting a much-needed debate about the future of wild animals in captivity.
The Animal Protection Institute (API) recently helped the City of San Francisco’s Animal Care and Control with a public education campaign to teach residents how to co-exist with coyotes. Through its progressive and compassionate actions, San Francisco has set a great example for communities around the country.
API can help you make your city coyote-friendly too, and urges you to find out more about the resources available to you to take proactive steps for coyotes in your area.
In light of Amazon.com’s refusal to end the distribution of materials promoting gruesome, and illegal, animal fighting, API has chosen to terminate our relationship with the online company and have since removed the pages from our site. As an animal advocacy organization, we can no longer ethically continue such a partnership.
The recent recall of Menu pet foods has highlighted many issues with the commercial pet food industry and has left many people confused and frustrated as to what they can do to ensure their animals are eating a healthy diet. API has received hundreds of inquiries from people wanting to know more about what is in commercial pet food and what alternatives to it exist. In response, we have updated our “What’s Really in Pet Food” report with the assistance of Dr. Jean Hofve, a veterinarian specializing in the dietary needs of companion animals.
API is proud to share with our supporters the latest ratings announced by Charity Navigator. API has received the highest rating — four stars — indicating we "exceed industry standards and outperform most charities in our Cause."
At API, we’re always looking for nifty ways our supporters can express their affinity with API's goal of fighting abuse and exploitation of animals. We are pleased to announce our latest endeavor, the “Grand Opening” of our Café Press store. Here animal lovers can find one-of-a-kind clothing items and accessories that not only look stylish but support API through a donated percentage of all sales.
Whether you are traveling for work or for pleasure, by booking all of your travel needs through www.api4travel.com, 40% of all commissions (there are no hidden costs or mark-ups passed on to you) will be donated to the Animal Protection Institute to help us further our mission of advocating for the protection of animals from cruelty and exploitation.
The Webby Awards, the leading international honor for web sites, has recognized www.api4animals.org as an Official Honoree, a distinction that recognizes sites exhibiting remarkable achievement.
In response to the critical threats that the private possession of exotic animals pose to animal welfare and public safety, API investigated private homes and federally-licensed roadside zoos and menageries that housed exotic animals across the United States. We have uncovered disturbing new evidence that demonstrates just how critical it is for lawmakers and communities to take up the issue of private exotic animal ownership. Learn more about this groundbreaking investigation.
Our major new campaign, Little Shops of Sorrows, spotlights the results of API’s first-of-its-kind undercover investigation into the plight of animals in pet shops.
On October 25, the European Union veterinary experts approved a one-month EU wide ban on the import of exotic birds after an imported South American parrot died while in British quarantine of the virulent H5N1 strain of bird flu that has killed over 60 people in Asia.