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Will Travers Featured in The New York Times

Published 12/10/13

In the Business Day section of The New York Times, Will Travers, CEO of Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, recounts his most memorable travel experiences--including the careful transport of Rocky, a rescued captive dolphin.

Link: The New York Times

Antiques Dealer Sentenced for Smuggling Wildlife Artifacts

Published 12/08/13

A New York antiques dealer, who has smuggled rhinoceros horn and elephant ivory artifacts from the U.S. to China, has been sentenced to more than three years in prison and three years' supervised release. "Smuggling wildlife artifacts made from rhino horn and elephant ivory undermines the international conservation protections put in place to save these species from extinction," said Robert G. Dreher, Acting Assistant Attorney General from the Department of Justice.

Link: Business Standard

Celebrate International Cheetah Day

Published 12/04/13

December 4 is International Cheetah Day! Sadly, cheetahs remain one of the most popular choices for exotic pets in the Middle East. Stand up for cheetahs by fighting to keep them in the wild—where they belong!

Link: Gulf News

Examining the Trade in Rhino Horn and Tiger Bone

Published 12/03/13

In South Africa, the debate over legalizing the rhino horn trade rages on. Meanwhile, in Asia, the horrific practice of tiger farming continues.

Link: National Geographic

Standing Up for Bears

Published 12/02/13

Restaurant owners in Helena, Montana have plead guilty to purchasing bear parts, including 12 bear paws (which were kept in a bucket at the restaurant), three gallbladders, and two bear carcasses. An undercover investigation was launched when a concerned citizen called the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Link: The Montana Standard

No; Owning Exotic Pets was Never Cool

Published 11/25/13

For years, Born Free USA has said that owning exotic pets is not ‘cool’—and it seems that the idea is finally catching on. A United Arab Emirates-based columnist has stepped forward to condemn the recent trend of uploading pictures of exotic pets to Instagram.

Link: DOHA News

Successful Premiere of "Parrot Confidential"

Published 11/21/13

"Parrot Confidential," produced by Emmy Award winning documentary film producer, Allison Argo, premiered on November 13 on PBS-Nature. The documentary explores the challenges of owning parrots, how breeders and owners become bird rescuers, and conservation efforts in the wild. Watch the film today to get ready for National Bird Day on January 5.

Link: KPBS

Return of Northern Ontario's Spring Bear Hunt

Published 11/20/13

For the first time since 1999, northern Ontario has reintroduced a spring bear hunt to curb "nuisance" bear populations. The hunt has been met with much opposition, and animal advocates including our own Canadian Representative, Barry K. MacKay, are taking strides to reverse this decision.

Link: The Globe and Mail

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