Charla Nash, who underwent one of the world's first face transplants in 2011, spoke to reporters with Connecticut Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal, Born Free USA, the Humane Society of the United Sates and Chris Murphy by her side. She then met with congressional staffers, calling for passage of Captive Primate Safety Act. The measure actually was 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
With a heightened level of continental assault on elephants, prices for ivory skyrocketing, and wildlife law enforcement officers struggling to keep pace with the greedy perpetrators of wildlife crime, this is no time to tinker around the edges and equivocate about dealing definitively with the bloody ivory trade.
Link: One Green Planet
The ‘Cheetah World Cup’ has been a real success. The rescued cheetahs at Born Free’s Ensessakoteh Wildlife Center loved the game and it was a great opportunity for exercise. All of the cheetahs were rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. “Young cubs are stolen from the wild by criminals, and then pass through the hands of dealers, often on the way to the Middle East to become exotic pets on a chain,” says Adam Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and the acting CEO of the Born Free Foundation. “These rescued cheetahs are the lucky ones.”
The issue, of bringing an elephant to the Bourbonnais Friendship Festival, is a lot bigger than one elephant in one town. "More and more people are seeing that these temporary shows, performances and petting zoos are a thing of the past that shouldn't include elephants or other exotic animals," said Adam Roberts, CEO of the animal rights group Born Free USA. "People are in an uproar about it."
Link: The Daily Journal
Besides terrorist groups, corrupt military units and militias operating across Africa sell [ivory] to cartels that, in turn, sell mostly to Asian markets, Adam M. Roberts, chief executive officer for Born Free USA told WhoWhatWhy. Nor is it a new phenomenon, he said: The Janjaweed militias that were active in Sudan’s Darfur conflict have smuggled ivory across Central Africa for decades.
Born Free’s mission of “compassionate conservation” has inspired the participation of millions of people worldwide from all walks of life, including celebrity film stars to local businessmen. Littlegate Publishing recently caught up with Adam M. Roberts, the recently appointed and highly engaging CEO of Born Free USA and acting CEO of the Born Free Foundation.
Link: Littlegate Publishing
The New York state Senate unanimously passed legislation that grants the large white birds a two-year reprieve from a state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) plan to eradicate them in New York by 2025. The bill would also require the DEC to demonstrate that the birds are actually damaging the environment before moving ahead with eradication efforts.
Link: New York Daily News
Citizens from all 180 nations represented at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) will monitor the upcoming deliberations of the CITES Standing Committee in Geneva (July 7 - 11, 2014), where decision-makers and politicians will meet to debate the future of some of the planet’s most threatened species. According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and acting CEO of Born Free Foundation, “CITES delegates have an amazing opportunity in Geneva to address the issues of endangered species conservation – the startling statistics of the wildlife trade will surely make anyone’s blood run cold.”
Link: Talkin’ Pets