Born Free USA In The News
Born free but sentenced to a life in captivity, four majestic lions can once again feel the sun on their flowing manes and the soft spring of lush grass under their paws. The sight of these kings of the African savannah returning to their roots brought a glowing smile to one of the great animal champions last week. Virginia McKenna, star of the 1966 cinema classic "Born Free," was there to see two of the mighty big cats begin their epic journey from their cramped confinement in a presidential palace compound to the nearest thing to true wilderness. (Read more about the Ethiopian Wildlife Center in Born Free USA's Global Field Projects.)
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Many of you volunteer on behalf of animals, and some days are harder than others. When I visit a shelter, I try to focus on the good that is being done by so many who work and volunteer in animal rescue. I have a lot of heroes. Here are a few of their stories and their advice on how to cope. [Born Free USA's chief executive officer, Will Travers, is featured in this story.]
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Born Free USA, which uses the collective might of its staff and supporters to combat the concept of people having exotic “pets,” wants the massacre that happened last week in Zanesville, OH, to have some sort of positive impact. See what our chief executive officer, Will Travers, has to say about the tragic incident — and how we can prevent something like it from happening again.
On this show we spoke with Frank Hoffman, from the Frank T. and Mary L. Hoffman Foundation. The foundation hosts a very large series of websites concerning religion, animal rights and veganism. Then, Adam Roberts joined us to discuss the massacre of dozens of wild animals on the streets of Zanesville, OH.
Link: Animals Today Radio
Incidents involving exotic animals kept in private may appear to be an oddity but, according to Born Free USA, a national animal advocacy and wildlife organization, they are not rare. In fact, this week's incident in Ohio could be a cautionary tale for states across the country.
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The tragedy that unfolded for the exotic animals near Zanesville, Ohio on Tuesday night and Wednesday highlighted the lack of regulation in Ohio for a particular type of animal compound. Terry Thompson kept bears, tigers, lions, monkeys, and other animals on his property. He reportedly did not display them to the public for compensation, and was not required to carry a permit from the USDA. And an Ohio state law regulating exotic animals had expired.
Link: Michigan NPR
Central Ohio has made the national news again. It's not for The Ohio State University's football team or even for a campaign stop by a political bigwig. News reporters and residents are scratching their heads over the odd news that there lions, bears, wolves and more running free in the Zanesville area.
ZANESVILLE, Ohio - Amid expressions of horror and revulsion at the killing of dozens of wild animals in Ohio — and photographs of their bloody carcasses — animal rights advocates agreed there was little local authorities could have done to save the dangerous creatures once they began roaming the countryside after their owner released them before taking his own life.
Link: CBS News