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Virginia McKenna and Will Travers Speak Out for Elephants

Published 12/18/13

Virginia McKenna, star of the iconic film, Born Free, and her son, Will Travers, Born Free CEO, sit down for an informative interview with London Evening Standard about the ongoing plight of elephants in the bloody ivory trade.

Link: London Evening Standard

Win Signed Guitars from REO Speedwagon and More!

Published 12/16/13

Don't miss out on your chance to win a signed guitar from popular bands such as Survivor, Kansas, Styx, and REO Speedwagon! Join Born Free USA’s eAlert Team and ‘like’ us on Facebook to be among the first to know when the signed guitars go up for auction—and so that we can keep you informed on ways you can help us Keep Wildlife in the Wild. All proceeds from guitar auctions will benefit the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley, Texas.


A First-Hand Look at the Ivory Crush

Published 12/16/13

Born Free USA’s Executive Vice President, Adam Roberts, recounts his experience at the historic November 14 ivory crush near Denver, Colorado--and meticulously explains the significance of the event. The crush was not only meant to send a message about destroying the value of ivory, but about crushing elephant poaching, wildlife trafficking, and other practices that harm wild animals.

Link: Advocacy for Animals


Trapping in the National Wildlife Refuge System

Published 12/12/13

Born Free USA and the Humane Society of the United States report that more than half of the wildlife refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System allow trapping on their grounds. Legislation must be passed to ban these traps. Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, explains, “It is inexcusable to subject any animal to such a fate on lands intended for their preservation.”

Link: Examiner.com


"Blackfish" Makes Audiences Think Twice about Supporting SeaWorld

Published 12/11/13

“Blackfish,” the acclaimed 2013 documentary that exposes abuse and exploitation in the captive marine mammal industry, has educated audiences about the dangers of supporting SeaWorld—and now, three popular musical acts have cancelled upcoming shows at the theme park. Will Travers, CEO of Born Free, believes that this film will “change public attitudes” toward orcas, just as the 1966 film "Born Free" did for lions.

Link: The Guardian


Will Travers Featured in The New York Times

Published 12/10/13

In the Business Day section of The New York Times, Will Travers, CEO of Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, recounts his most memorable travel experiences--including the careful transport of Rocky, a rescued captive dolphin.

Link: The New York Times

Antiques Dealer Sentenced for Smuggling Wildlife Artifacts

Published 12/08/13

A New York antiques dealer, who has smuggled rhinoceros horn and elephant ivory artifacts from the U.S. to China, has been sentenced to more than three years in prison and three years' supervised release. "Smuggling wildlife artifacts made from rhino horn and elephant ivory undermines the international conservation protections put in place to save these species from extinction," said Robert G. Dreher, Acting Assistant Attorney General from the Department of Justice.

Link: Business Standard

Celebrate International Cheetah Day

Published 12/04/13

December 4 is International Cheetah Day! Sadly, cheetahs remain one of the most popular choices for exotic pets in the Middle East. Stand up for cheetahs by fighting to keep them in the wild—where they belong!

Link: Gulf News

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