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Can the U.S.-African Leaders Summit Help Curb Illegal Wildlife Trafficking?

Published 08/04/14

Today, August 4, the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit will hold five signature events, one of them being “Combating Wildlife Trafficking”—“an opportunity for African leaders to join together and share their ideas on how to best counter the poaching threat,” according to the White House website. Born Free USA's CEO, Adam M. Roberts, would like to see a more hands-on approach that includes having the range states close their borders to ivory imports and infuse anti-poaching and wildlife law enforcement efforts on the ground.

Link: AFKInsider

Boy Loses Arm in Tiger Attack at Brazil Zoo

Published 08/01/14

An 11-year-old boy had his arm amputated after being nearly torn off by a tiger at Cascavel Zoo in southern Brazil. The boy tried to pet the tiger through the bars of the animal's cage. Visit Born Free USA’s Exotic Animal Incidents Database for numerous examples of the dangers of interacting with exotic animals.

Link: Sky

Woman Loses Part of Finger During Lion Attack

Published 07/31/14

A Michigan woman was hospitalized after being bitten by a lion in a Michigan zoo. “I put my hand down there to pet it and it ripped my finger,” she says. The woman claims that a zookeeper let her into the lion’s cage, which zoo owners deny. Visit Born Free USA’s Exotic Animal Incidents Database for numerous examples of the dangers of interacting with exotic animals.

Link: WNEM

Killer Whale at Marineland Appears to be Ailing

Published 07/30/14

Suffering with teeth problems, a disintegrating dorsal fin, and what appears to be a significant depression behind her blowhole, cetacean advocates believe that Kiska, who has spent the last 35 years in captivity at Marineland, Canada, is very sick. The solitary Icelandic orca, who was captured in 1977 at the estimated age of three, hasn't seen another killer whale since 2011. Dedicated activists say that they have watched Kiska turn into the shell of what a killer whale should be.

Link: Digital Journal

Less Wildlife Means More Terrorism

Published 07/29/14

The harvest of wild terrestrial and aquatic animals each year injects more than $400 billion dollars into the world economy—but also breeds piracy, slavery, and terrorism. The over-harvest of wild animals, both from land and sea, has created a market defined by low supply and high demand. This has led to the proliferation of organized crime in some of the poorest parts of the world. Over-hunting and over-fishing have, at least in part, created conditions where human trafficking and terrorism can thrive.

Link: Conservation


Born Free USA’s “Fur for the Animals” Drive a Success

Published 07/28/14

A recent campaign by Born Free USA asked fur owners to donate their old garments to help rehabilitate injured or orphaned wildlife. “The furs are being used to replicate the warmth, comfort, and stimulation that young orphaned animals would have otherwise experienced from their mothers, siblings, and their natural environment,” says Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA. The organization sent 100-plus furs to wildlife rehabilitation centers across the country.

Link: OnEarth


"Fed Wildlife is Dead Wildlife." Avoid Encounters of the Wild Kind.

Published 07/25/14

Learning how to respect and respond to wildlife in your backyard—and while camping, picnicking, and hiking—can mean the difference between co-existing peacefully and being in serious danger. “Fed wildlife is dead wildlife,” explains Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA. “Once a wild animal becomes accustomed to hand-outs by people, they eventually become regarded as ‘nuisance animals’ which opens the door to lethal control.”

Link: Living Green Magazine

New York State Assemblywoman, Linda Rosenthal, Writes Dozens of Animal Rights Bills; Wins Gratitude of Activists

Published 07/24/14

Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, a New York Democrat, has written laws that limit the testing of cosmetics on animals, outlaw the tattooing and piercing of pets, and more. Rosenthal is still waiting for passage of at least a dozen more animal-related bills she’s sponsored. “I have (authored) bills about practically every animal there is,” she said.

Link: New York Daily News

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