"Blackfish," the hit documentary from the Sundance Film Festival, makes its television premiere on Thursday, October 24, at 9:00pm ET on CNN. The film explores the contentious practice of keeping orcas in captivity, centering on the infamous 2010 story of SeaWorld trainer, Dawn Brancheau, who was killed in front of park-goers by a whale named Tilikum.
Three elephants from the Toronto Zoo have arrived safely at the Performing Animal Welfare Society's wildlife sanctuary in California, following a carefully monitored three-day trek. CTV News interviews Barry MacKay, Born Free USA's Senior Program Associate and Canadian Representative, about the importance of this move.
Link: CTV News
Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary's Alexandra Bowman speaks at the Pumpkins for Primates event in New Braunfels, Texas, where children learn about the hardships facing primates and decorate pumpkins (with non-toxic paint) to give to the primates at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. The event was presented by the local chapter of Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots organization.
Link: Herald Zeitung
After years of debate between animal advocates and zoo staff, three elephants from the Toronto Zoo will journey to their new home at the Performing Animal Welfare Society’s (PAWS) wildlife sanctuary in California. Born Free USA applauds the move and wishes the elephants a safe journey and happy life at PAWS.
Link: CBC News, Toronto
At the International March for Elephants, Born Free USA CEO Will Travers gives an impassioned speech about the cruel realities of the ivory trade. (You can also read a transcript of the speech here.)
Born Free USA's Canadian Representative, Barry McKay, speaks out against the recent decision to add the mourning dove to Ontario's list of species that can be hunted. Listen to his interview on CBC Toronto's radio show, Ontario Morning.
Born Free USA's Exotic Animal Incidents Database proves useful for tracking the recent rash of snake-related incidents, including those involving injuries and deaths to humans and other animals.
Born Free USA's Executive Vice President, Adam Roberts, speaks out about the dangers of owning deadly "pet" snakes.
Link: Wildlife Extra