Scruffy, a cat from Royal Oaks, California, was found valiantly hobbling along his owners' driveway with a bear trap ensnared on his leg. The tabby has miraculously survived, but might require a paw amputation. Please donate to the Born Free USA Trapping Victims Fund to help cover the cost of veterinary care for other individual animals impacted by cruel traps.
Listen to Animal Wise Radio's September 28 interview with Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA. Roberts shines a spotlight on the dire plight of African elephants and the dangers of the illegal ivory trade, as detailed in Born Free USA's recent report, Out of Africa.
Link: Animal Wise Radio
Federal protections for gray wolves in Wyoming were reinstated today after a judge invalidated the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2012 statewide Endangered Species Act delisting of the species. The ruling from the U.S. District Court halts the management of wolves by Wyoming, a state with a history of anti-wolf policies.
Link: The Spokesman-Review
A recent investigation found that a men’s parka sold by the retailer Kohl’s with the description “faux-fur trim” actually used real fur from the raccoon dog, an animal in the same family as the domestic dog, fox, and wolf. Kohl’s apologized to its customers Tuesday, claiming that the company was unaware that the garment used real fur. Visit our Fur Free Retailer site to find compassionate retailers who have taken a stand against the use of fur in fashion.
Link: USA Today
An archival video from 1992 has surfaced, giving us a better glimpse into the life of Tilikum the orca—and the lives of other captive orcas—at Sealand. A 10-minute video of Sealand’s facilities reveals its shockingly small pools, with an extended shot of Tilikum quarantined in a dangerously cramped module.
Link: The Dodo
Watch Born Free USA's CEO, Adam M. Roberts, on the latest episode of "The Pet Show with Dr. Katy." Roberts explains the current elephant poaching crisis, which was exposed by Born Free USA's recent reports, Ivory's Curse and Out of Africa.
Though owning a zebra is legal in most of the United States, zebras are not domesticated—and their kick is strong enough to kill a lion. According to Kate Dylewsky, Program Associate at Born Free USA, "It's not necessary to pursue animals that are rare as pets.” Visit the Born Free USA Exotic Animal Incidents Database to learn more about the dangers of interacting with exotic animals.
A veteran animal trainer from Orlando SeaWorld quit on September 12, posting the news to his Facebook account. He wrote, “I wouldn’t have walked away if I wasn’t justified in doing so… These last few days have been my absolute breaking point. I can no longer stand behind or support this company.” SeaWorld has faced criticism since the 2013 release of the documentary Blackfish.
Link: The Vision Times