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
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
Once again demonstrating the dangers of keeping primates as pets, a blue macaque escaped from its wealthy owner’s private zoo in Crimea, gnawing through its tether and leaping into a nearby home. The monkey killed a six-week-old boy, tearing his head “to pieces.” Visit Born Free USA’s Exotic Animal Incidents Database for a comprehensive list of dangerous incidents involving humans and exotic animals in the U.S.
Link: Daily Mail
More than 6,000 people attend each Zoo Lates event: alcohol-filled Friday night parties held at London Zoo, which are advertised as an "after party with the animals." Sources at the zoo have raised serious concerns about the impact on animals’ sleep and stress levels. Drunken incidents include a man pouring beer over a tiger, and reports of individual visitors attempting to enter animals’ enclosures.
Link: The Guardian
Prominent New Zealand businessmen and philanthropists have teamed up with international supermodel and Patron to Born Free Foundation, Rachel Hunter, and the Executive Director of SPCA Auckland, to formally urge the New Zealand government to consider a complete ban on all ivory trading and to crush the Crown’s confiscated ivory stockpile.
Born Free USA’s CEO, Adam M. Roberts, continues his monthly column for Wildlife Extra. In this edition, he speaks out against the illegal trade in tiger parts: “More tigers are kept in private hands in America than remain in all of their historic wild range. This is a species that has suffered a 96 per cent decline in the past century. It is a pitiful indictment of human shortsightedness that the species’ plight has become so critical.”
Link: Wildlife Extra
California Representative Adam Schiff speaks out about the importance of ending marine mammal captivity. Watch his informative speech by clicking the YouTube link below.
World Cup fever has crossed over into the animal kingdom! Watch the latest video released by Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, in which nine rescued cheetah cubs ‘play soccer’ at Ensessakotteh: Born Free’s Wildlife Rescue, Conservation, and Education Centre in Ethiopia. "It is amazing to be able to give these cubs a safe, active environment,” explains Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and acting CEO of the Born Free Foundation. "All of the cheetahs currently being cared for by our rescue center in Ethiopia were rescued from the illegal wildlife trade.”