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Born Free USA CEO, Adam Roberts, Speaks Out Against Animal Captivity

Published 03/24/14

On the heels of the controversial 2013 documentary, Blackfish—and the subsequent public criticism of SeaWorld—Natural Pet World magazine explores the harsh reality of animal captivity. The article features Born Free USA CEO, Adam Roberts, who urges, “The way to learn about wild animals is to see them in the wild... This is infinitely more educational than seeing animals clinging to life in unnatural settings that are dangerous for both animals and people.”

Link: Natural Pet World


Wild Obsession: The Perilous Attraction of Owning Exotic Pets

Published 03/20/14

The April 2014 issue of National Geographic Magazine carefully explores the risks of exotic pet ownership. Adam Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, contributes his expertise to this wonderfully detailed piece.

Link: National Geographic Magazine

'Worst Zoo in the World' Finally Shut Down... But Animals Will Merely Relocate to Other Zoos

Published 03/18/14

Croatia’s second largest city, Split, will close its infamous zoo—described by some as the ‘worst in the world.’ The animals will be relocated to other zoos around Europe.

Link: Global Animal

No Poaching for Nepal's Highly Endangered Wildlife

Published 03/14/14

For once, there’s a bit of good news about poaching. The country of Nepal proudly reports that, between February 2013 and February 2014, no rhinos, tigers, or elephants were poached within its borders. Nepal celebrated a poaching-free year in 2011, as well.

Link: Environmental News Network

An Elephant Never Forgets?

Published 03/12/14

A new study has found that wild elephants in Kenya can distinguish between human languages, and they can detect whether a voice is that of a man, woman, or boy. The results show that elephants utilize their famed powers of memory to study people and identify potential threats. According to one of the researchers, elephants “have developed this very rich knowledge of the humans that they share their habitat with.”

Link: Time

Think Twice Before Feeding Wildlife

Published 03/10/14

It may seem harmless to feed breadcrumbs to ducks, or to leave picnic scraps for other wildlife—but it can hurt both animals and humans. Human foods can cause serious health problems for wildlife. And, this feeding can condition animals to approach humans to look for food, creating dangerous changes in their natural behaviors. Click here to learn how Born Free USA promotes responsible coexistence with wildlife, and be sure to download our brochures for more information.

Link: The News Tribune

Bindi Irwin Sparks Controversy by Announcing Partnership with SeaWorld

Published 03/07/14

Bindi Irwin, 15-year-old daughter of the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, has announced her partnership with SeaWorld—which incited immediate public backlash. SeaWorld’s reputation has been marred since the award-winning documentary, Blackfish (2013), called into question SeaWorld’s practice of keeping marine mammals in captivity.

Link: Daily Mail

Ohio Upholds Exotic Animal Law

Published 03/06/14

A federal appeals court has upheld Ohio’s new restrictions on exotic animals, ruling against seven owners who opposed the law. Ohio defended the law as protecting animal welfare, public health, and public safety associated with private ownership of dangerous wild animals.

Link: WRGT Fox 45

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