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
Let your friend or family member think that you've gone nuts or gone bananas for his/her birthday, anniversary, or special occasion by sending a gift that feeds the monkeys at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary! When you Go Nuts for the Monkeys or Go Bananas for the Monkeys, your recipient will receive a card stating that you’ve donated a bag of peanuts or a case of bananas to the rescued baboons, macaques, and vervets on his/her behalf. Give the gift that makes both humans and animals happy!
Your child can make this year more humane for pets and wildlife with the help of her or his classmates. Learn 12 ideas for school projects that help animals—including the suggestion from Born Free USA to host a “party with a purpose” with our Party Animals online tools. Pass these compassionate ideas on to your favorite young animal lover!
A new bill, introduced by Congressman Peter DeFazio, could allow the U.S. to impose sanctions on countries that refuse to enact anti-poaching laws, essentially forcing those governments to save their wildlife—before it’s too late. Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, argues that the sanctions could provide a powerful incentive to prosecute ivory traders. “The countries implicated in the ivory trade—those that are not doing enough to stop the poaching and reduce demand—will be expected to increase law enforcement, bolster customs operations to uncover trafficking operations, prevent ivory from being re-exported,” Roberts said.
Link: The Dodo
On September 11, 2014, Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced legislation that would impose trade sanctions on countries that facilitate ivory trafficking. According to Born Free USA’s CEO, Adam M. Roberts, “The international illicit ivory trade is being driven by dangerous organized crime syndicates in Africa and Asia and must be stopped. Elephants continue to be slaughtered at record levels; heroic park rangers are literally laying their lives on the line to keep them safe; and national security in the most vulnerable parts of Africa is made more fragile. Congressman DeFazio deserves the full support of all Members of Congress for tackling this significant issue head-on.”
Watch Elephant in the Room: an award-winning short documentary that uncovers the plight of captive elephants across Europe. The impetus for this project was a report commissioned by Born Free Foundation called Innocent Prisoner. Narrated by Born Free founder Virginia McKenna OBE and produced entirely by British film students, Elephant in the Room presents a compelling investigation into the isolation and loneliness of elephants in captivity.
As clouded leopard cubs prepare to make their debut at Houston Zoo, Born Free USA’s CEO, Adam M. Roberts, speaks out against the keeping of animals in captivity. "Zoos put millions of dollars into the building of these enclosures; the same amount of money could fund conservation projects for years,” Roberts explains. Born Free USA also argues that there is no evidence that visiting animals at zoos leads to a desire to help animals in the wild.
Link: Houston Chronicle
Though Colorado has strengthened its pet store regulations, humane treatment standards are not always met. “Born Free USA would like to see stronger and more uniform laws protecting the animals who come through the pet shops, which address basic sustenance needs, adequate housing, proper record keeping, prompt vet care, and enforcement of existing laws for these animals,” said Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA. “Due to the lack of oversight on this issue, it is truly a case of ‘buyer beware’ when purchasing an animal from a pet shop—and even the most vigilant consumer may end up with a sick animal.”
Link: The New Falcon Herald