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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


The "Lucky Nine" Pave the Way for Primates in Research

Published 11/19/13

As nine baboons continue to settle in at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary after being retired from a research lab—what Born Free USA's Executive Vice President, Adam Roberts, calls "a happy ending for these lucky nine"—the discussion turns to the utilization of primates for research purposes. The U.S. remains the world's biggest user of primates in biomedical research, despite developments in alternative research tools that render primate-based research "largely unnecessary."

Link: The Star


Born Free Weighs In on Nearly Six Ton Ivory Crush

Published 11/19/13

In an interview with the Associated Press, Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, explains how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's November 14 ivory crush is intended to deter elephant poaching. Born Free estimates that more than 30,000 elephants were slaughtered just last year: a considerable portion of the entire African elephant population.

Link: YouTube


Born Free Strategizes at Historic Ivory Crush

Published 11/19/13

On November 14, wildlife conservationists gathered near Denver for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's historic crush of 5.4 tons of elephant ivory. This event raised awareness of the illicit ivory trade, but advocates are still tasked with the complex, expensive challenge to combat dangerous poachers. Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, asserts that night vision gear will be one critical tool for African park rangers to catch elephant poachers in the act.

Link: Denver Post

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