Our animal-incident database has documented 80 deaths from exotic animals since 1990, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. Born Free USA can only compile what we can document and those tend to be the more interesting cases, the ones that get in the news. There are plenty of animal scratches, bites and attacks that happen in people's backyards we never hear about.
Thrilling news in the fight against shark finning! New York governor Andrew Cuomo signed A.1769b/S.1711b, a bill that will finally make the possession and sale of shark fins illegal in the state. We applaud the New York legislature for taking strong action to end to it.
Link: Humane Society
Stopping the killing of sharks is part of a broader movement to stop the killing of wild animals and the trafficking of wildlife products around the world -- products that come from poaching elephants, tigers and rhinos, in addition to killing marine life --- and why Born Free USA works on such issues.
Born Free USA weighs in on the death of Charlie, The Greater Vancouver Zoo's 46-year-old southern white rhinoceros who was euthanized, by mourning a life spent in captivity and hopes another rhino is not condemned to take his place behind bars.
Link: CBC News
"The Hindu" interviews our CEO, Will Travers, about the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) conference and the Species Survival Network (SSN), a coalition of nearly 100 organizations committed to the strict enforcement of the CITES resolutions, of which Born Free USA is a member.
Link: The Hindu
Born Free USA's CEO Will Travers reports on the brutal events unfolding in Africa regarding the wildlife trade, specifically in ivory. He's discovered an undeniable truth: that human-related and animal-related aspects of the crisis are directly connected. The facilitation of poaching operations by the corruption in Central African countries' governments and as well as the region's engagement in civil war, have a detrimental effect on the elephant population.
Link: Huffington Post
Born Free USA thanks Footloose Montana for its hard work on the 2013 ballot initiative to prohibit trapping on public lands and the state of Montana.
Link: Billings Gazette
Born Free USA highlights the importance of passing AB 1213, the Bobcat Protection Act and urges all Californians to speak up.
Link: Topanga Messenger