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To Beat Illegal Ivory Trade, New Report Says to Target Shipping

Published 09/02/14

The trade in illegal elephant ivory from Africa to Asia relies on as few as 200 shipping containers in a year, offering a weak point to target smugglers, according to Out of Africa: a report released last week by Born Free USA and C4ADS. “What we want to do is get a commitment from freight companies that they will not allow themselves to be used for this nefarious wildlife crime,” explains Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA.

Link: Newsweek

National Geographic Interviews Born Free USA’s CEO about Ivory Trade

Published 08/28/14

On Wednesday, Born Free USA and C4ADS released a shocking report, “Out of Africa: Mapping the Global Trade in Illicit Elephant Ivory,” which asserts that efforts to stop the illegal killing of African elephants should focus on ivory transshipment ports and personnel. Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, explains that this “transit or supply chain is the single greatest point of vulnerability in the illicit ivory system.” Read Roberts’ informative interview about ivory trafficking syndicates, the African ports that ship out most of the ivory, and why law enforcement should target that link in the trade chain.

Link: National Geographic

Born Free USA’s “Out of Africa” Report Reveals Stunning Details of the Ivory Trade

Published 08/27/14

An insatiable Chinese demand for ivory and the increasing involvement of organized crime syndicates in smuggling are causing the mass killing of Africa’s elephants, and could trigger a stampede to extinction if unchecked, according to a groundbreaking report released today by Born Free USA and C4ADS. Out of Africa: Mapping the Global Trade in Illicit Elephant Ivory asserts that “poaching and trafficking in ivory is at the highest level in 25 years.” According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, “The more we can attack the ivory trade before the ivory gets to market, the more we can deter these poachers and profiteers from making money off dead elephants."

Link: NBC News

Born Free USA’s CEO Speaks Out Against Famous Pet Monkey

Published 08/20/14

A two-month-old rhesus macaque named Bubbles—who has quickly gained fame as an internet sensation—is being raised by a Texas woman who treats the monkey as if she were a human child. “Keeping animals in unnatural conditions means they are put at physical and mental risk,” said Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA. “That mentality…is a very human-centered view of what the animal wants and needs and can withstand…as opposed to one that puts the animal's needs first.”

Link: Houston Chronicle (Chron)

Born Free USA CEO Discusses Threats Facing Lions

Published 08/14/14

Listen to a brand new radio interview with Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, in which he discusses the dire need to protect lions from extinction—and what Born Free USA is doing to help.

Link: BYU Radio

The Blackfish Effect

Published 08/12/14

Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, continues his monthly column for Wildlife Extra with his views on marine mammals being kept in captivity—and the continuing controversy surrounding SeaWorld.

Link: Wildlife Extra

New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, Signs Ban on Ivory Sales, Purchases

Published 08/06/14

New Jersey has become the first state to ban the sale or import of ivory and rhinoceros horns in a bid to stem the state’s role as a major hub in the illegal trade of such products. “New Jersey has emerged as a powerful leader on these issues,” said Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA. “This new law is of particular importance because the port of Newark is a hub for illegal wildlife trade. The elephant poaching epidemic across Africa has reached crisis levels and rhino poaching is escalating exponentially, so we have no time to waste in enacting legislation.”

Link: NorthJersey.com

What Does ‘Wildlife Refuge’ Really Mean?

Published 08/05/14

Read the latest blog installment from Born Free USA CEO, Adam M. Roberts, on One Green Planet. This month, Roberts discusses the hypocritical practice of trapping on national wildlife refuges: lands set aside for the express purpose of conservation. Explains Roberts, “What I don’t know, and what I simply can’t accept, is that there can be a place in America called a ‘wildlife refuge’ that allows the trapping of wild animals. Synonyms for refuge: sanctuary, shelter, asylum, haven.”

Link: One Green Planet

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