Born Free USA In The News
Carole Baskin spends much of her life with big felines — tigers, lions, leopards and such. As founder of Big Cat Rescue, a nonprofit educational sanctuary in Citrus Park, she takes pride in the way the sanctuary is operated — with attention to the animals' well-being and the public's safety. Not everyone is so scrupulous. Baskin said she wasn't shocked in October when a man in Zanesville, Ohio, intentionally released 56 big cats from a private piece of property. Of the 56 animals turned loose in the southwestern Ohio community, 49 were killed to protect the public — including 18 Bengal tigers and 17 lions.
Link: Tampa Bay Online
Born Free USA's Adam Roberts is interviewed by Rich Britton on his online radio program "Passionate about Pets." Roberts and the host discuss a range of issues that are on Born Free USA's front burner. Listen to the interview here.
After years in captivity, two bottlenose dolphins — none other than the Born Free Foundation's rescues, Tom and Misha, off the coast of Turkey — are about to get their freedom. CNN's Ivan Watson has the details.
Until recently, the state of New York state has been a leading destination for those who wanted to poach bears and sell their parts, but thanks to a new law this year, which NPR explored on Tuesday morning, that's now illegal. Still, there's money to be made on bears.
Ethiopia will embark on a plan for conservation of three of the country's large carnivores, the cheetah, the wild dog and the lion, conservationists say. The plans were announced April 19 at the Wildlife Rescue, Conservation and Education Center in Addis Ababa.
State Rep. Diana Urban, D-North Stonington, is supporting a bill that would increase restrictions on the use of leghold hunting traps. Connecticut House Bill 5324, drafted in part by Born Free USA, a California-based animal welfare group, would ban placement of the traps within 1,500 feet of areas likely to be visited by children including schools, playgrounds, and public boat launches. The legislation would also require trappers to report non-targeted catches to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection within 24 hours.
Link: Norwich (CT) Bulletin
Born Free USA's chief executive officer, Will Travers, talks with BBC Oxford's Bill Heine and his guests about the possibility of a ban on wild animals in circuses that appear in Great Britain. In this three-hour online player, tune in to about the 1:08 mark to catch the opening of the segment. Travers first appears at about the 1:17 mark.
Tim Ajax, director of Born Free USA's Primate Sanctuary in south Texas, talks with Dr. Peter Spiegel on Animals Today Radio. They discuss the history of the sanctuary, why it is needed, and how they are preparing to receive more than 100 new residents. Listen to a stream of the interview here (Tim's portion begins a few minutes into the link, after the news.)