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
Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary's Alexandra Bowman speaks at the Pumpkins for Primates event in New Braunfels, Texas, where children learn about the hardships facing primates and decorate pumpkins (with non-toxic paint) to give to the primates at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. The event was presented by the local chapter of Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots organization.
Link: Herald Zeitung
After years of debate between animal advocates and zoo staff, three elephants from the Toronto Zoo will journey to their new home at the Performing Animal Welfare Society’s (PAWS) wildlife sanctuary in California. Born Free USA applauds the move and wishes the elephants a safe journey and happy life at PAWS.
Link: CBC News, Toronto
At the International March for Elephants, Born Free USA CEO Will Travers gives an impassioned speech about the cruel realities of the ivory trade. (You can also read a transcript of the speech here.)