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.”
“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
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
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
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
In South Africa, the debate over legalizing the rhino horn trade rages on. Meanwhile, in Asia, the horrific practice of tiger farming continues.
Link: National Geographic
Restaurant owners in Helena, Montana have plead guilty to purchasing bear parts, including 12 bear paws (which were kept in a bucket at the restaurant), three gallbladders, and two bear carcasses. An undercover investigation was launched when a concerned citizen called the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Link: The Montana Standard
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