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.
The City of Calgary is suspending all beaver trapping until it completes a review of a recent incident. A beaver had been building a dam, and the city feared that it could flood a bike path. Officials hired a contractor to trap and kill the animal, but the trap malfunctioned--and people using the path came upon the upsetting sight of the beaver struggling to free itself.
Link: CBC News
New Jersey has become the first state to ban the sale or import of ivory and rhinoceros horns in a bid to stem the state’s role as a major hub in the illegal trade of such products. “New Jersey has emerged as a powerful leader on these issues,” said Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA. “This new law is of particular importance because the port of Newark is a hub for illegal wildlife trade. The elephant poaching epidemic across Africa has reached crisis levels and rhino poaching is escalating exponentially, so we have no time to waste in enacting legislation.”
Read the latest blog installment from Born Free USA CEO, Adam M. Roberts, on One Green Planet. This month, Roberts discusses the hypocritical practice of trapping on national wildlife refuges: lands set aside for the express purpose of conservation. Explains Roberts, “What I don’t know, and what I simply can’t accept, is that there can be a place in America called a ‘wildlife refuge’ that allows the trapping of wild animals. Synonyms for refuge: sanctuary, shelter, asylum, haven.”
Link: One Green Planet
Today, August 4, the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit will hold five signature events, one of them being “Combating Wildlife Trafficking”—“an opportunity for African leaders to join together and share their ideas on how to best counter the poaching threat,” according to the White House website. Born Free USA's CEO, Adam M. Roberts, would like to see a more hands-on approach that includes having the range states close their borders to ivory imports and infuse anti-poaching and wildlife law enforcement efforts on the ground.
An 11-year-old boy had his arm amputated after being nearly torn off by a tiger at Cascavel Zoo in southern Brazil. The boy tried to pet the tiger through the bars of the animal's cage. Visit Born Free USA’s Exotic Animal Incidents Database for numerous examples of the dangers of interacting with exotic animals.