Does the exotic pet trade threaten wild populations? A new study finds mixed results, citing habitat loss, wildlife and human conflicts, and hunting for meat or body parts as additional contributing factors to species declines.
It has come to light that SeaWorld administered diazepam, a psychoactive drug, to a nursing orca—which is a clear violation of veterinary guidelines. Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, echoed the veterinary spokesman’s concerns: “Long-term high dosage can cause amnesia, heightened anxiety, aggression, and unpredictability, as well as probable birth and neonatal defects when administered to pregnant or nursing females.”
Link: The Dodo
The Charleston Gazette features an op-ed written by Born Free USA’s Program Associate, Kate Dylewsky. Dylewsky shares the good news that West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has signed the Dangerous Wild Animals Act (HB. 4393) into law, banning future private possession of all “wild and exotic animals” in the state.
Link: The Charleston Gazette
Three Chinese men were arrested for hiding 14 rhino horns and leopard skins in their luggage as they attempted to board a flight from Namibia to Hong Kong. All three have been charged with possession of and export in controlled wildlife products.
Link: Wildlife News
HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell speaks to Will Travers, Founder of Born Free USA, about the controversy surrounding Copenhagen Zoo’s recent killing of a healthy giraffe and four healthy lions. Travers states, "I do think that there are some really hard questions that need to be asked, not only of the Copenhagen Zoo, but of zoos in general... Are they just public display facilities that show animals that they then get rid of when they have no use for them?"
Congressional Quarterly (CQ) features Born Free USA's CEO, Adam Roberts, in its most recent publication. The article details Born Free USA's history, our focus on policy change to protect wildlife, and Roberts' expert background in the field of animal advocacy. Be sure to give this exciting article a read to learn more about our work to save animals!
Link: Congressional Quarterly
Adam Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, speaks out against Copenhagen Zoo’s decision to euthanize four healthy lions, just weeks after the zoo killed a healthy two-year-old giraffe. Roberts calls the zoo’s program “irresponsible, unsound, and unethical.”
A mere month after sparking international outrage for killing a healthy young giraffe named Marius, Denmark’s Copenhagen Zoo has exploded into the headlines again—this time, for killing four of its lions to make way for a new male. A zoo spokesman claims that the zoo tried to place the lions elsewhere, “but unfortunately there wasn’t any interest.” The lions were killed on Monday.