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Orcas Sentenced to Captivity for Winter Olympics... and Beyond

Published 01/15/14

Two orcas will be captured from the wild, flown 4,614 miles, and then displayed in small concrete tanks at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia. They will join six other orcas who suffer the same stifling fate.

Link: The Mirror

New York Rhino Horn Trader Sentenced

Published 01/13/14

In December, Born Free USA asked our members to write letters to Judge John Gleeson, urging him to impose a strict sentence for illegal rhinoceros horn trafficker, Michael Slattery, Jr. On Friday, January 10, Mr. Slattery was sentenced to serve 14 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release; to pay a $10,000 fine; and to forfeit $50,000 in profits from his rhino horn trade. Born Free USA sincerely appreciates your involvement in this momentous case.

Link: The U.S. Department of Justice

Born Free USA Speaks Out Against Argentinian Zoo that Allows Contact with Wild Animals

Published 01/10/14

A zoo near Buenos Aires, Argentina invites visitors to touch, ride, and walk among wild animals such as bears, lions, and tigers: a dangerous practice that also begs questions of animal mistreatment. Born Free USA CEO, Will Travers, explains the risks of close interaction with wild animals.

Link: Yahoo! Travel

China's Ivory Crush Must be Followed Up with Policy Change

Published 01/09/14

This week, China took an important first step in ending the ivory trade by publicly destroying six tons of elephant ivory. But, due to China’s unique, substantial role in wildlife trafficking, there remains much more to be done.

Link: National Geographic

Educating Indian Villagers; Protecting Falcons

Published 01/07/14

A hunting community in India killed approximately 150,000 federally protected Amur falcons in the fall of 2012. But, following a successful year-long campaign by state officials and nonprofit organizations to educate villagers about protecting these birds, the number killed this season dropped to zero.

Link: International New York Times

Celebrate National Bird Day with Born Free USA

Published 01/07/14

National Bird Day, the annual avian celebration, is a day to recognize the plight of captive and wild birds. Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, states, “While some may argue that breeding and the pet industry increase the odds of survival, a literal bird in a cage does not make up for one absent from the wild.”

Link: The Oregonian

China Demolishes 6.1 Tons of Confiscated Elephant Ivory

Published 01/06/14

Following in the footsteps of Gabon, Kenya, the Philippines, and the U.S., China has demonstrated its commitment to ending the bloody ivory trade by destroying 6.1 tons of confiscated elephant ivory. This was an important gesture, considering that ivory is a traditional symbol of wealth and status in China.

Link: South China Morning Post

Focusing on Endangered Birds

Published 01/03/14

National Bird Day, held this Sunday, January 5, is a day to reaffirm our commitment to birds—and to focus on bird species that are in peril. Check out this fascinating list of 14 highly endangered birds to keep in mind on National Bird Day (and all year round)!

Link: Mother Nature Network

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