A two-month-old rhesus macaque named Bubbles—who has quickly gained fame as an internet sensation—is being raised by a Texas woman who treats the monkey as if she were a human child. “Keeping animals in unnatural conditions means they are put at physical and mental risk,” said Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA. “That mentality…is a very human-centered view of what the animal wants and needs and can withstand…as opposed to one that puts the animal's needs first.”
A new study published on Monday found that, between 2010 and 2012, poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa: a huge spike in the continent’s elephant death rate. This surge largely stems from an increased demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations. The study, which was carried out by the world’s leading elephant experts, warns that if this rate of slaughter continues, it will lead to the extinction of the species.
Link: CBS News
Shares of SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS), which operates 11 theme parks, plummeted more than 33 percent on Wednesday, hitting an all-time low. The problem: Worries about claims of mistreatment of killer whales at its SeaWorld locations hurt attendance, and it slashed its earnings outlook.
Link: CBS News
Listen to a brand new radio interview with Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, in which he discusses the dire need to protect lions from extinction—and what Born Free USA is doing to help.
Link: BYU Radio
Fur prices have dropped significantly in 2014—the largest drop in a single year in more than three decades. And, this admission actually comes from a pro-trapping publication. Could this spell trouble for the cruel fur industry? Visit the Fur Free Retailer website to learn which retailers have taken a stand against the barbaric use of fur in fashion.
Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, continues his monthly column for Wildlife Extra with his views on marine mammals being kept in captivity—and the continuing controversy surrounding SeaWorld.
Link: Wildlife Extra
In light of the shrinking lion population, and in the spirit of awareness and conservation efforts around the globe, Sunday, August 10 was World Lion Day. Due to a combination of poaching, disease, and habitat loss, the species is teetering on the brink of extinction.
A six-pound baby coyote pup was rescued after a Good Samaritan found the suffering animal in a Santa Maria alley in California, tied up with stereo electrical cable wires. Though the pup suffered terrible injuries, she is making an excellent recovery.