2008 was a rotten year for many people. And it wasn't only humans who had a hard time. What started as a lark, a review of animal-related news in 2008, [in San Bernardino County,] turned into the discovery that the year's stories of pets and wild creatures were occasionally uplifting, but were often tales of struggle and pain.
Nearly all of the incidents in this story touch on issues that concern Born Free USA.
2008 was a year to forget, even for animals
The Sun (San Bernardino, CA)
The last days of 2008. A new year, full of promise, expectation — and uncertainty — looms. What will it hold? Dreams come true or dreams shattered?
Without doubt, the coming months will turbulent. The hopes of half the world seem to rest on the shoulders of President-elect Obama, hope for a new way of doing things, a new sense of humanity and compassion, a kinder and more inclusive world.
Adam Roberts, Senior Vice President of Born Free USA united with API, writes for the Encyclopaedia Brittanica on global threats to wild tiger populations — including habitat degradation and loss, hunting by humans, and the international black market in tiger parts and products made from them.
Fighting for Tigers
Advocacy for Animals
The Guelph (Ontario, Canada) City council unanimously approved a bylaw banning body-gripping traps, moving to informally name it Harper's bylaw after the Jack Russell terrier that suffocated in a trap on industrial lands. Harper died in his owner's arms in December 2006 with his head trapped in a Conibear body-gripping trap. This spurred the community to action and motivated council to direct a committee and staff to draft the ban. ... The bylaw bans all body-gripping traps, which have the intention to kill.
You can pass such a law in your area as Born Free USA united with API guides you through every step of the process.
Body-gripping trap ban unanimously approved
In a December 9 Los Angeles Times column, "Zoos without elephants would be a loss for the children of L.A.,” Hector Tobar protests the possibility that Billy, a 23-year-old Malaysian elephant held captive at the Los Angeles Zoo for nearly two decades, might go to a sanctuary and the zoo's exhibit might be closed forever. Three writers compassionately rebut his column.
Born Free USA united with API was founded, in part, on a mission to keep elephants out of zoos.
Zoos without elephants: a lesson in compassion
Lori Marino, Gay Bradshaw, and Randy Malamud
Los Angeles Times Opinion
Living in a zoo shortens an elephant's life, according to a new research study published in the journal Science.
Born Free USA united with API is firm in its position that elephants do not belong in zoos.
Zoo Elephants Live A Shortened Life, Study Finds
National Public Radio
Maine wildlife officials rushed through new rules intended to help keep Canada lynx out of sportsmen’s traps. However, the quick fix will not end the state’s legal trouble with two wildlife advocacy organizations, who are not convinced the clarifications will prevent future deaths or injuries among the 500 or so lynx believed to inhabit Maine.
State mends rules after lynx trap death
Bangor Daily News
After weeks of impassioned and lengthy debates over elephants and whether the world's largest land mammals still belong in the Los Angeles Zoo, supporters and critics alike got only a tentative verdict Wednesday: The City Council halted construction of the zoo's controversial $42-million elephant exhibit but did not outright kill it.
Born Free USA united with API believes passionately that wildlife belongs in the wild. Indeed, our UK-based partner, the Born Free Foundation, originated as a campaign specifically to get elephants out of zoos.
Construction halted on Los Angeles Zoo elephant exhibit
Los Angeles Times