More than 6,000 people attend each Zoo Lates event: alcohol-filled Friday night parties held at London Zoo, which are advertised as an "after party with the animals." Sources at the zoo have raised serious concerns about the impact on animals’ sleep and stress levels. Drunken incidents include a man pouring beer over a tiger, and reports of individual visitors attempting to enter animals’ enclosures.
Link: The Guardian
Prominent New Zealand businessmen and philanthropists have teamed up with international supermodel and Patron to Born Free Foundation, Rachel Hunter, and the Executive Director of SPCA Auckland, to formally urge the New Zealand government to consider a complete ban on all ivory trading and to crush the Crown’s confiscated ivory stockpile.
Born Free USA’s CEO, Adam M. Roberts, continues his monthly column for Wildlife Extra. In this edition, he speaks out against the illegal trade in tiger parts: “More tigers are kept in private hands in America than remain in all of their historic wild range. This is a species that has suffered a 96 per cent decline in the past century. It is a pitiful indictment of human shortsightedness that the species’ plight has become so critical.”
Link: Wildlife Extra
California Representative Adam Schiff speaks out about the importance of ending marine mammal captivity. Watch his informative speech by clicking the YouTube link below.
World Cup fever has crossed over into the animal kingdom! Watch the latest video released by Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, in which nine rescued cheetah cubs ‘play soccer’ at Ensessakotteh: Born Free’s Wildlife Rescue, Conservation, and Education Centre in Ethiopia. "It is amazing to be able to give these cubs a safe, active environment,” explains Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and acting CEO of the Born Free Foundation. "All of the cheetahs currently being cared for by our rescue center in Ethiopia were rescued from the illegal wildlife trade.”
Commenting on Charla Nash's appeal to Congress, Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and Wildlife Extra columnist, said: “Charla’s story highlights a truth that cannot be ignored; these wild animals belong in the wild, not in someone’s home. This is an animal welfare and a public safety issue, where animals and people are being severely injured and killed. Charla Nash represents tragedy--but also resilience..."
Link: Wildlife Extra News
Charla Nash, who underwent one of the world's first face transplants in 2011, spoke to reporters with Connecticut Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy by her side, along with Born Free USA and the Humane Society of the United States. She then met with congressional staffers, calling for passage of Captive Primate Safety Act. The measure was actually passed by the House in 2009, but failed to gain support in the Senate. "Had this law been in effect, this would never have happened, and I don't want something like this to ever happen to anyone else ever again," Nash, 60, told staffers in the meeting at the Capitol.
Link: The News Times
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