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Northern California Man Fined for Poaching, Skinning 60 Bobcats, Foxes

Published 06/30/14

A Northern California man has pleaded guilty to illegally poaching 60 bobcats and gray foxes for their pelts, snaring them in traps he set over 900 square miles in two counties, officials said.

Link: Los Angeles Times

"Wise Owl Tales" Children's Book Series Benefits Born Free USA

Published 06/30/14

Born Free USA is happy to partner with our friends at Wise Owl Tales! During the month of July, Wise Owl Tales will donate 35% of the total sales from their website to Born Free USA. This thoughtful children’s book series features different animal species, compassionate messages, and wonderful illustrations to educate kids about the importance of species conservation. There are fun activity cards and cool wrist bands that are designed to be used with each book to engage children in learning about species conservation. Browse this fantastic selection of children’s books and accessories by visiting www.wiseowltales.com.


A Local Economy Solution to Africa’s Poaching Problem

Published 06/27/14

Ivory’s Curse, a recent report by C4ADS that was commissioned by Born Free USA, suggests that the African population can peacefully coexist with wild animals—but only if two things happen. First, African governments must get serious about tackling their poaching problem. Second, the ecotourism industry, which has historically benefited only a few, must be transformed so that its profits reach a larger segment of the population, winning allies for wildlife from among Africa’s villagers (who often clash with the animals).

Link: YES! Magazine


New Jersey and New York Pass Ban on Ivory and Rhino Horn Trade

Published 06/25/14

The New Jersey legislature passed a bill that seeks to eliminate trade in ivory and rhinoceros horn. Illegal trafficking of these wildlife products is directly responsible for shocking declines in wild populations in recent years, and this bill is a crucial step toward reducing the target market. “As the second largest ivory market in the world, the United States bears a significant responsibility to act now,” says Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA. “New Jersey is of particular importance because the port of Newark is a hub for illegal wildlife trade.” The New York State legislature has also just passed a bill banning the sale of ivory and rhino horn.

Link: Pet News and Views


How to Avoid Wild Animal Encounters This Summer

Published 06/23/14

Summer is prime season for spotting wildlife. However, Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, advises, “Never feed wild animals. Once a wild animal becomes accustomed to hand-outs by people, they will feel very comfortable making it a habit to get close, and a deadly cycle begins. They will eventually be regarded as ‘nuisance animals,’ which opens the door to lethal control and other issues.”

Link: Parade

Online Auction Benefits Born Free USA

Published 06/23/14

Bid on incredible items while helping wildlife... It's a win-win! Born Free USA's Keep Wildlife in the Wild online auction is open from Monday, June 23 - Monday, June 30. All proceeds from the online auction will benefit Born Free USA's life-saving work to protect wild animals. Bid on guitars signed by classic rock legends like Foreigner, Survivor, Kansas, and Don Felder of the Eagles; two special paintings made by the primates at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Texas; the eco-friendly Catpod for your favorite feline; and much, much more. Happy bidding!


War Poses the Gravest Threat to Elephants

Published 06/20/14

Born Free USA commissioned C4ADS to write a report, "Ivory's Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa," which suggests that virtually all of Africa's violent conflicts are being fueled by the black market in ivory. It's a vicious cycle: Elephants are killed to bankroll militias; well-funded militias destabilize nations; destabilized nations lose control of their territory and are unable to protect elephants. The killings accelerate until too few animals are left to hunt. Then, the poachers move on to fresh herds in new areas.

Link: Chicago Tribune


New Jersey Governor Should Sign Bill Barring Illicit Ivory Sales

Published 06/18/14

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has on his desk a bill to ban sale and purchase of illegal ivory in New Jersey. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Raymond Lesniak, cleared the Assembly Monday. This bill would prohibit the purchase, sale, and possession with intent to sell any illicit ivory product or rhinoceros horns. Exemption would be allowed for the transfer to legal beneficiaries of legitimately-obtained ivory. Born Free USA commended the action of the New Jersey legislature, warning that certain elephant populations could be extinct within a decade.

Link: Asbury Park Press

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