Happy new year from Born Free USA! 2013 was filled with successes, and 2014 is shaping up to be an even better year for animals. We’re kicking off the new year by celebrating National Bird Day this Sunday, January 5: a day to shine a spotlight on issues critical to the protection and survival of captive and wild birds. Visit www.nationalbirdday.org to learn how you can get involved and help our feathered friends!
No top 10 wildlife news story list would be complete without mentioning this year's historic ivory crush in Denver, the Born Free USA and Humane Society of the United States report on trapping on National Wildlife Refuges, the release of the acclaimed film "Blackfish" that's rapidly spreading the message that marine mammals don't belong in captivity, and so much more. You can bet that 2014 will usher in another year of wildlife success stories - and let's hope they're not along the lines of shooting one species to save another!
Though December 28 marked the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act being signed into law, gray wolves still lack adequate protection. In 2011, the federal government removed the gray wolf from the list of endangered species in the Northern Rocky Mountains, which resulted in continued hunting—and declining wolf populations. And, this past weekend, a contentious Idaho hunting event rewarded participants for shooting both coyotes and wolves.
Link: The New York Times
In his latest Huffington Post blog, Will Travers, CEO of Born Free, discusses the threats facing birds in captivity and in the wild. January 5, National Bird Day, is a day to reaffirm our commitment to birds everywhere and to acknowledge that the fight for their freedom and survival is not over.
Link: Huffington Post
Following President Obama's lead, the United Kingdom announces a February roundtable on wildlife trafficking and a significant investment in combating the illegal global wildlife trade.
Link: The Independent
With an Idaho coyote and wolf hunting competition quickly approaching this weekend, conservation groups urge a federal judge to cancel the event. Supporters of the hunt argue that the tournament is a form of wildlife management, while animal advocates deem it a “killing contest.”
Fur trapping rages on in Pennsylvania, which sadly boasts the highest density of trappers on the Eastern Seaboard. Despite those who defend the ‘tradition’ of trapping, Born Free USA argues that oversight is weak, laws are often ignored, and that non-targeted animals may be killed.
Link: Seattle Pi
As the year comes to a close, remember to keep animals in mind! December 31 is your last chance to make a tax-deductible donation to Born Free USA in 2013. We look forward to everything you’ll help us accomplish in 2014, and your generous donation can help start the year off right for wildlife. On behalf of everyone at Born Free USA, we wish you, your family, and your furry friends a safe and happy holiday season!