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
Getting this anti-trapping measure on the ballot in Montana would be an important step toward ending the cruelty associated with cruel and indiscriminate traps - saving both wildlife and dogs and cats.
Charla Nash has unfortunately not prevailed in her attempt to hold the State of Connecticut accountable for the mauling she sustained at the hands of a privately held chimpanzee. Born Free USA’s Adam Roberts advised the Nash legal team in the case.
Audio recording of the roundtable discussion on the elephant and rhino poaching crisis, sponsored by the New York Bar Association. The panelists included a reporter for National Geographic, representative from INTERPOL, NY state wildlife law enforcement officer and Born Free USA's EVP Adam Roberts.
Listen: New York Bar Association
Born Free USA points out that if state and federal legislation works together, sharks will have the best chance of escaping suffering and death.
Link: Marianas Variety
In Ohio, 142 private owners registered a total of 360 dangerous wild animals during a two-month registration period last year, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. But that number, some experts say, doesn't begin to capture the number of exotic animals that are being kept by private owners throughout the state.
Link: Dayton Daily News