Baby seal hunts and polar bear struggles are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to animal protection issues north of the border. Born Free USA is proud to discuss those issues in a detailed and thought-provoking way on our new Canadian Campaigns Page. Longtime journalist and animal advocate Barry Kent MacKay, Born Free’s Senior Program Associate in Canada, shares his observations and opinions in essays and blogs that whisk you north of the border and out into the wild. Find out what we’re doing to save Canadian wildlife and how you can help.
Born Free USA (BFUSA) estimates that more than 300,000 non-target animals are the unintended victims of body-crushing wildlife traps set each year. Cats and dogs are injured or killed, suffering excruciating pain and losing limbs, as a result of the remorseless jaws of leghold traps, Conibear traps and snares set for wild animals, who trappers capture and strip for fur.
A disturbing collection of discarded animal parts has been found in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on the west coast of Vancouver Island near Tofino, British Columbia. Park wardens found 35 kilograms of bear and deer meat, marine and freshwater fish, shellfish and the hide and paws of a black bear.
Link: CTV British Columbia Warning: The story's slideshow contains graphic images.
Born Free USA's senior program associate, Monica Engebretson, recently was interviewed by Shannon Devereaux Sanford of WTBQ radio in New York. They talked about urban and suburban conflicts between animals and humans. Listen to the 11-minute, 30-second interview.
The bear that recently killed a caretaker in a Cleveland suburb was the latest example of animal violence in a state that has some of the nation's weakest restrictions on exotic pets and among the highest number of injuries and deaths caused by them.
Following a dramatic 48 hours of negotiations, the Born Free Foundation® has secured the release of two dolphins, Tom and Misha. Their plight has made international news since they were placed in a small concrete swimming pool in the Turkish town of Hisaronu, from where local campaign group, the Dolphin Angels, arranged a massive Facebook protest and an ongoing street presence, calling for their release.
Flo and the 185 other chimpanzees who live at the Alamogordo Primate Facility in New Mexico have not been research subjects for nearly a decade. Now, however, the National Institutes of Health decided to move the elderly chimps to Texas for more research. Animals rights advocates are outraged, including Born Free USA.
Link: The New York Times
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has updated the status of five penguin species as “threatened” effective today (Sept. 2), under the Endangered Species Act — meaning the species are likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future. The five penguin species in question are the yellow-eyed penguin, white-flippered penguin, Fiordland crested penguin, Humboldt penguin and erect-crested penguin. They will be added to the federal lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants.