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The Rhino Ruse: A Column by Born Free USA CEO Adam M. Roberts

Published 06/13/14

Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, begins his brand new monthly column for Wildlife Extra by examining the intricacies of the devastating rhino horn trade. He writes, “Rhino poaching for rhino horn is driving the species to extinction. This is an international crisis with significant consequences, and Born Free USA is urging every government globally to take action.”

Link: Wildlife Extra

Tipping Point: Now Even Congress is Worried About SeaWorld’s Captive Orcas

Published 06/12/14

After 20 years of a failure to update regulations on captive marine mammals, a pair of Congressmen has successfully passed an amendment that will force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to update their rules that protect captive orcas and other marine mammals. The amendment will provide $1 million toward an effort that involves studying the effects of captivity on orca whales.

Link: The Dodo

Pennsylvanians Charged with Illegally Processing, Buying, and Selling Venison and Fur Pelts

Published 06/10/14

Three Pennsylvania butchers await dozens of charges for allegedly processing, selling, and buying venison illegally as a result of a two-year series of investigations. All three were charged on May 19 by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, along with three others accused of related charges.

Link: TribLive


Fur Lives Again: Donated Skins Breathe New Life in Shelters

Published 06/05/14

Get a sneak peek into what happens after you donate your fur items to our Fur for the Animals drive! Claire LaFrance of Born Free USA “delines” donated furs in preparation for their use at wildlife sanctuaries across the country. The facilities will use them to provide familiar comfort, warmth, and bedding to injured, young, and sick wildlife in their care. Click here to learn how you can help!

Link: The Dodo


Why Cheetahs are Threatened and What YOU Can Do to Help

Published 06/04/14

Read Born Free USA CEO Adam M. Roberts’ blog about the plight of cheetahs—and why we must crack down on the cheetah trade.

Link: One Green Planet


Suspected Poachers Arrested for Murder of Zambian Wildlife Ranger

Published 06/03/14

Two suspected poachers have been arrested for the May 23 murder of Dexter Chilunda, the head of law enforcement for Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia. “Ranger Chilunda's murder exemplifies the sad story of wildlife law enforcement officers literally laying their lives on the line across Africa to protect endangered animals,” said Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA. “The effects are broad and lasting, as families must survive the loss of the sole breadwinner.”

Link: TakePart

Chinese Marine Park Bought Two Wild Orcas from Russia: The First International Sale in Decades

Published 06/02/14

Despite criticism of SeaWorld in the U.S., aquariums and marine parks in other countries are ramping up their orca programs. Two wild orcas caught in Russia’s Sea of Okhotsk will reportedly appear in the tanks of Ocean Kingdom, a park in Hengqin, China. If the import did in fact happen, this would be the first case of international trade in orca whales from the wild since Iceland stopped allowing the capture and export of the species in 1990.

Link: The Dodo

Polka Dot Turtle Faces Extinction Due to Exotic Pet Trade

Published 05/30/14

With increased demand to own the polka dot turtle as an exotic “pet,” the South Asian animal faces a growing threat of extinction. Hundreds of the black spotted turtles are regularly discovered at airports around Asia, having been illegally smuggled in luggage aboard commercial passenger flights.

Link: Times LIVE

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