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Is Breeding Pandas in Captivity Worth It?

Published 08/27/13

In light of the new panda born in Washington, D.C.'s National Zoo, our CEO, Will Travers, speaks out on captive breeding programs. He claims the money would be better spent preserving their habitat.

Link: National Geographic

Concerns Rise After Exotic Pets Escape

Published 08/14/13

Local communities fear for their safety after two pet boa constrictors in Missouri and a pet alligator in Kansas have gone missing from their enclosures. Born Free USA's Executive Vice President, Adam Roberts, speaks out about the inevitable animal welfare, human health and safety, and environmental risks involved with keeping wild animals as pets.

Link: The Kansas City Star

Wolf Hunt Quota

Published 08/13/13

Born Free USA's Kate Dylewsky weighs in on the Fish and Wildlife Service's proposal to remove gray wolves from the national endangered species list. The gray wolf has already been delisted in the Great Lakes region, resulting in shocking wolf population declines. However, Born Free USA applauds the Department of Natural Resources for restricting the availability of wolf hunting licenses, and hopes that this will help to retain the number of wolves in the wild.

Link: Brainerd Dispatch

Roping In New Rodeo Fans, Venezuelan-Style

Published 08/06/13

Born Free USA's EVP Adam Roberts weighs in on cruel rodeos and a new Venezuelan-Style practice of grabbing a bull by his tail instead of roping him, that's gaining popularity in the U.S.

Link: Associated Press

A place where beasts rediscover their beauty

Published 07/31/13

Our animal-incident database has documented 80 deaths from exotic animals since 1990, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. Born Free USA can only compile what we can document and those tend to be the more interesting cases, the ones that get in the news. There are plenty of animal scratches, bites and attacks that happen in people's backyards we never hear about.

Link: Star-Telegram

White rhino 'Charlie' euthanized at Greater Vancouver Zoo

Published 07/11/13

Born Free USA weighs in on the death of Charlie, The Greater Vancouver Zoo's 46-year-old southern white rhinoceros who was euthanized, by mourning a life spent in captivity and hopes another rhino is not condemned to take his place behind bars.

Link: CBC News

Putting Life Back In The Wild

Published 07/01/13

"The Hindu" interviews our CEO, Will Travers, about the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) conference and the Species Survival Network (SSN), a coalition of nearly 100 organizations committed to the strict enforcement of the CITES resolutions, of which Born Free USA is a member.

Link: The Hindu

Africa on the Edge

Published 07/01/13

Born Free USA's CEO Will Travers reports on the brutal events unfolding in Africa regarding the wildlife trade, specifically in ivory. He's discovered an undeniable truth: that human-related and animal-related aspects of the crisis are directly connected. The facilitation of poaching operations by the corruption in Central African countries' governments and as well as the region's engagement in civil war, have a detrimental effect on the elephant population.

Link: Huffington Post

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