With a sharp increase in incidents involving escaped "pet" snakes harming communities and damaging ecosystems, it's clear why Will Travers, CEO of Born Free USA, opposes the keeping of snakes as pets.
Link: Huffington Post
Keep a primate warm this winter by donating a blanket to the "Baby Blankets for Primates" drive at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary! Tim Ajax, Director of the Sanctuary, says that "blankets can provide comfort to residents who have once been involved and suffered in the exotic pet trade."
Link: One Green Planet
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has designated that 60 chimpanzees, who have spent their entire lives in research facilities, are now eligible for retirement. But, due to budgetary limitations, the chimpanzees are still waiting to be moved to a sanctuary.
Link: ABC News
Great news for endangered shark species: the demand for shark fin soup is finally on the decline in China! Once a sign of social status, consumption of shark fin soup in China has plummeted by 50 to 70 percent in the past two years alone.
Link: Boston Globe
We're proud to announce that Born Free has just received two exciting awards: a lifetime achievement award for Founder Virginia McKenna at the New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival and a 2013 World Tourism Award. McKenna and her son Will Travers, CEO of Born Free USA, accepted the World Tourism Award at a high profile ceremony at the World Travel Market in London.
In Uganda's national parks, lion populations are disappearing at alarming rates, largely due to poisoning by local cattle herders. Such sharp declines could damage the local ecosystem and harm Ugandan tourism.
"Blackfish," the hit documentary from the Sundance Film Festival, makes its television premiere on Thursday, October 24, at 9:00pm ET on CNN. The film explores the contentious practice of keeping orcas in captivity, centering on the infamous 2010 story of SeaWorld trainer, Dawn Brancheau, who was killed in front of park-goers by a whale named Tilikum.
Three elephants from the Toronto Zoo have arrived safely at the Performing Animal Welfare Society's wildlife sanctuary in California, following a carefully monitored three-day trek. CTV News interviews Barry MacKay, Born Free USA's Senior Program Associate and Canadian Representative, about the importance of this move.
Link: CTV News