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REO Speedwagon Raises Funds for Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary

Published 12/19/13

“Talkin’ Pets,” with International Talk Show Host, Jon Patch, shares the exciting news that legendary rock band, REO Speedwagon, helped to raise funds for the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary by giving concert-going donors a chance to win a guitar autographed by the band. Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, said of last weekend’s San Antonio concert, “The band has embraced our mission to Keep Wildlife in the Wild, and we are grateful they are on board.” For more animal-related stories, follow Talkin’ Pets on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/talkinpetsradio) and like them on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/talkinpetsradiofans).

Link: Talkin' Pets

Virginia McKenna and Will Travers Speak Out for Elephants

Published 12/18/13

Virginia McKenna, star of the iconic film, Born Free, and her son, Will Travers, Born Free CEO, sit down for an informative interview with London Evening Standard about the ongoing plight of elephants in the bloody ivory trade.

Link: London Evening Standard

A First-Hand Look at the Ivory Crush

Published 12/16/13

Born Free USA’s Executive Vice President, Adam Roberts, recounts his experience at the historic November 14 ivory crush near Denver, Colorado--and meticulously explains the significance of the event. The crush was not only meant to send a message about destroying the value of ivory, but about crushing elephant poaching, wildlife trafficking, and other practices that harm wild animals.

Link: Advocacy for Animals

Trapping in the National Wildlife Refuge System

Published 12/12/13

Born Free USA and the Humane Society of the United States report that more than half of the wildlife refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System allow trapping on their grounds. Legislation must be passed to ban these traps. Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, explains, “It is inexcusable to subject any animal to such a fate on lands intended for their preservation.”

Link: Examiner.com

"Blackfish" Makes Audiences Think Twice about Supporting SeaWorld

Published 12/11/13

“Blackfish,” the acclaimed 2013 documentary that exposes abuse and exploitation in the captive marine mammal industry, has educated audiences about the dangers of supporting SeaWorld—and now, three popular musical acts have cancelled upcoming shows at the theme park. Will Travers, CEO of Born Free, believes that this film will “change public attitudes” toward orcas, just as the 1966 film "Born Free" did for lions.

Link: The Guardian

Will Travers Featured in The New York Times

Published 12/10/13

In the Business Day section of The New York Times, Will Travers, CEO of Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, recounts his most memorable travel experiences--including the careful transport of Rocky, a rescued captive dolphin.

Link: The New York Times

The "Lucky Nine" Pave the Way for Primates in Research

Published 11/19/13

As nine baboons continue to settle in at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary after being retired from a research lab—what Born Free USA's Executive Vice President, Adam Roberts, calls "a happy ending for these lucky nine"—the discussion turns to the utilization of primates for research purposes. The U.S. remains the world's biggest user of primates in biomedical research, despite developments in alternative research tools that render primate-based research "largely unnecessary."

Link: The Star

Born Free Weighs In on Nearly Six Ton Ivory Crush

Published 11/19/13

In an interview with the Associated Press, Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, explains how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's November 14 ivory crush is intended to deter elephant poaching. Born Free estimates that more than 30,000 elephants were slaughtered just last year: a considerable portion of the entire African elephant population.

Link: YouTube

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