Bindi Irwin, 15-year-old daughter of the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, has announced her partnership with SeaWorld—which incited immediate public backlash. SeaWorld’s reputation has been marred since the award-winning documentary, Blackfish (2013), called into question SeaWorld’s practice of keeping marine mammals in captivity.
Link: Daily Mail
A federal appeals court has upheld Ohio’s new restrictions on exotic animals, ruling against seven owners who opposed the law. Ohio defended the law as protecting animal welfare, public health, and public safety associated with private ownership of dangerous wild animals.
Link: WRGT Fox 45
Born Free founder and trustee Virginia McKenna has urged Anglican and Catholic leaders: “Anyone who is in a position of influence, whether it’s the Church, politicians or leaders of society, you have to persuade all those people that seem to crave these little bits of carved teeth, that what they crave is a piece of death.”
Link: Amara Elephant Blog
A recent article proposes that we can protect elephants by farming them—but Will Travers, President of the Born Free Foundation, carefully debunks the author’s claims, point by point.
Link: The Guardian
The Vegetarian Site is donating 10% of all sales during the month of March to Born Free USA. Shop for vegan shoes, foods, health and beauty products, books, and DVDs to benefit wildlife. This full-service, socially-responsible website is also a great resource for recipes and articles to jump-start or support a healthy, cruelty-free vegan lifestyle. Shop and help animals today!
Federal biologists are preparing to release two captive Mexican gray wolves in Arizona to strengthen struggling wild populations. But, state lawmakers are working to fund litigation against expansion of the wolf-recovery zone, broaden who can shoot endangered Mexican gray wolves, and push future wolf releases to Mexico. Senator Chester Crandell (R-Heber) backs three bills that would challenge the Endangered Species Act’s requirement to preserve rare species.
Link: AZ Central
Jon Patch, host of the Talkin’ Pets radio and internet show, discusses Born Free USA’s involvement in World Wildlife Day (March 3). As Adam Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, explains, “The global wildlife trade is among the most profitable illicit enterprises along with drug and gun running… It is a wildly destructive and cruel enterprise that must be controlled.”
Link: Talkin’ Pets
Secret film footage of Finnish fur farms reveals the immense suffering in the brutal fur industry… but it hasn't deterred fashion labels like Burberry, Marc Jacobs, Fendi, or Gucci from using real animal fur in their designs. Click here for Born Free USA’s report on fur farming in North America.