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.
We grow enough food for everyone, but livestock are devouring our food supply. Commentator and bioethicist Peter Singer says unless we change, the dinner plate of the future will look far different. Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute has long maintained that going vegetarian or even vegan has the potential to affect positively lives of farm animals, to halt the destruction of the environment, and to improve one's own personal health.
Food crisis solution: Go vegan
Kai Ryssdal & Peter Singer
American Public Media
Animal welfare groups have long accused the Ringling Brother and Barnum & Bailey Circus of animal cruelty and court records show the circus has played rough in response. It spent millions of dollars on a 10-year espionage campaign which infiltrated and spied on animal organizations and activists. The man in charge was previously the head of Covert Operations for the CIA. The groups hope to have the last word when they haul Ringling Brothers into federal court this October with a lawsuit alleging the circus is cruel to its endangered Asian Elephants. The Animal Protection Institute is one of the plaintiffs in that suit.
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Circus Lawsuit Moves Forward
CBS 8 Las Vegas Now Eyewitness News
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.
The Christmas tragedy that led to the death of Carlos Sousa Jr. and the tigress, Tatiana, is still fresh in people's memories. However, these should not deflect us from addressing the wider issue, namely should there be animals in zoos; I believe it is time for change.
Time to re-create our zoo
Letter to the Editor
CEO, Born Free USA
... Zibby Wilder, spokeswoman for Seattle-based Born Free USA, which published a report on pet food ingredients, said no one really knows what goes into a pet food using "meat byproducts" because the rendering plants are so secretive. ...
Daily Business Review
San Francisco's embattled zoo director announced his resignation Friday, nearly six months after a tiger mauled a San Jose teenager to death at the zoo. Manuel A. Mollinedo's sudden retirement comes after months of criticism over the San Francisco Zoo's role in the sensational Christmas day mauling that also injured two San Jose brothers and led to dual legal claims against the zoo and the City of San Francisco, which owns the zoo. Born Free USA united with API has decried safety issues even at AZA-accredited zoos.
San Francisco Zoo director resigns
San Jose Mercury News
Wildlife charity the Born Free Foundation says zoos spend a disproportionately small amount on conservation. It commissioned an independent poll in 2006 to ask the public how much of a zoo's turnover they thought was dedicated to conservation. The survey found most people assumed between a quarter to 40 per cent was dedicated to conservation when, in reality, Born Free says even the better zoos – of which the charity concedes Edinburgh Zoo is one – only commit five or six per cent. Born Free's chief executive Will Travers says he would like to know how much money the zoo puts into its much-publicised sponsorship of the Budongo Conservation Field Station in Uganda.
Are zoos really wild about conservation?