National Bird Day, the annual avian celebration, is a day to recognize the plight of captive and wild birds. Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, states, “While some may argue that breeding and the pet industry increase the odds of survival, a literal bird in a cage does not make up for one absent from the wild.”
Link: The Oregonian
Following in the footsteps of Gabon, Kenya, the Philippines, and the U.S., China has demonstrated its commitment to ending the bloody ivory trade by destroying 6.1 tons of confiscated elephant ivory. This was an important gesture, considering that ivory is a traditional symbol of wealth and status in China.
Link: South China Morning Post
National Bird Day, held this Sunday, January 5, is a day to reaffirm our commitment to birds—and to focus on bird species that are in peril. Check out this fascinating list of 14 highly endangered birds to keep in mind on National Bird Day (and all year round)!
Link: Mother Nature Network
Born Free USA’s Kate Dylewsky praises Tony Schinella, Editor of New Hampshire’s Concord Patch publication, for publicizing the dangers that traps pose to non-targeted animals. New Hampshire Representative Steve Vaillancourt plans to introduce a bill that will ban the cruelest forms of trapping.
Link: Concord Patch
No top 10 wildlife news story list would be complete without mentioning this year's historic ivory crush in Denver, the Born Free USA and Humane Society of the United States report on trapping on National Wildlife Refuges, the release of the acclaimed film "Blackfish" that's rapidly spreading the message that marine mammals don't belong in captivity, and so much more. You can bet that 2014 will usher in another year of wildlife success stories - and let's hope they're not along the lines of shooting one species to save another!
Though December 28 marked the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act being signed into law, gray wolves still lack adequate protection. In 2011, the federal government removed the gray wolf from the list of endangered species in the Northern Rocky Mountains, which resulted in continued hunting—and declining wolf populations. And, this past weekend, a contentious Idaho hunting event rewarded participants for shooting both coyotes and wolves.
Link: The New York Times
In his latest Huffington Post blog, Will Travers, CEO of Born Free, discusses the threats facing birds in captivity and in the wild. January 5, National Bird Day, is a day to reaffirm our commitment to birds everywhere and to acknowledge that the fight for their freedom and survival is not over.
Link: Huffington Post
Following President Obama's lead, the United Kingdom announces a February roundtable on wildlife trafficking and a significant investment in combating the illegal global wildlife trade.
Link: The Independent