In this 5-minute news video, Born Free USA's Monica Engebretson talks about her book, Lucky, about the true story of the lorikeet on whom the book is bades, the plight of captive birds, and Born Free USA's work in addressing that.
The Story of "Lucky"
Sacramento & Co.
While traveling in Indonesia six years ago, Senior Program Associate Monica Engebretson aided in the release of a wild-caught parrot — a rainbow lorikeet — who had been chained to a perch for more than a year. He paced back and forth on that tiny perch, occasionally biting at the chain in defiance of its authority, and when he called out in vain to birds flying free over head, it was heartbreaking. He was just one bird out of millions who suffer the same fate as a result of the “pet” bird trade. But “Lucky,” as Monica and her associates called him, deserved to be free. He suffered. And their hearts went out to him.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals on Wednesday released what it says is a secretly recorded video showing handlers striking Ringling Bros. circus elephants backstage. PETA says someone affiliated with the group made the recording during a circus tour earlier this year. A Ringling spokeswoman denied PETA's abuse claims. "Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey loves its elephants," she said.
Born Free USA is currently waiting for a ruling on our lawsuit against Ringling for just such abuse.
PETA: Video shows Ringling Bros. abusing animals
... "The private ownership of dangerous reptiles such as pythons obviously presents a real danger," said Nicole Paquette, Born Free USA senior vice president and general counsel. ...
Burmese Pythons: When 'Pets' Turn Deadly
The Ledger (Lakeland, FL)
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?
... Born Free USA united with API has urged a detailed federal examination of animal welfare and public safety conditions at all American zoos. They have made arrangements with their governments urging for an in-depth examination of current oversight of their zoos, with the ultimate goal of determining what specific immediate and long-term steps need to be taken to ensure the highest standards of animal welfare and to prevent another harmful human/animal interaction from ever occurring again. We Indians too should follow suit. ...
Animals in captivity
Rituparna Goswami Pandey
Assam Times (Assam, India)
... "The private ownership of dangerous reptiles such as pythons obviously presents a real danger," Nicole Paquette, Born Free USA senior vice president and general counsel said last week. "We're hoping that this incident spurs the Legislature to hold an immediate public hearing to discuss the serious public safety concerns surrounding the keeping of dangerous reptiles in private hands. There is absolutely no reason for the general public to be keeping such animals as pets. In terms of public safety it's an accident waiting to happen." ... She added: "The question is, how many accidents have to happen before legislators act to protect the public rather than the interests of a small group of individuals?"
Editorial: Ban these lethal 'pets'
The Gainesville Sun (Gainesville, FL)