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Gabon Torches Tusks, Ivory to Keep out of Smugglers' Hands

Published 06/28/12
By Miguel Llanos, msnbc.com

The Central African nation of Gabon on Wednesday burned all the elephant tusks and ivory ornaments it had in its stockpile — an amount equivalent to 850 elephants — so that smugglers, via corrupt government officials, won't get their hands on the black market commodities treasured in China and other parts of Asia.

Link: msnbc.com

Cee Lo Takes Heat for Plans to Have Cockatoo on TV Show

Published 06/25/12
By TMZ.com

Cee Lo is taking some serious heat over plans to rock out with his cockatoo out on the upcoming season of "The Voice" ... over concerns that stress from the show could cause the bird to self-mutilate.

Link: TMZ.com

New NY Bill Attacks Exotic Animal Owners

Published 06/21/12
By James Arkin, New York Daily News

A new bill passed by the Assembly and Senate today would increase the restrictions and punishments concerning exotic animal owners in New York State. Owners would not be penalized with a fine for the intentional or negligent release of exotic animals and are required to report the release to law enforcement immediately. Adam Roberts, an exotic animals expert for the animal advocacy group Born Free USA, said mistreatment of animals and danger to the public are both at play.

Link: NYDailyNews.com

'Pet' Monkey Finds a New Home in Texas (VIDEO)

Published 06/06/12
By Channel 5, San Antonio

A pet monkey that endured years of heartbreaking cruelty has finally found a loving home at a primate sanctuary in Dilley, Texas. Officials at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary said the long-tailed macaque was never let out of his small cage to exercise in the 10 years he lived with his former owner in Michigan. The former owners even allegedly got JR high on marijuana and drunk off booze.

Link: Kens5.com

"The Plight of Tigers in the U.S." (VIDEO)

Published 05/24/12

Hosted by Diane Sullivan and Holly Vietzke of the Massachusetts School of Law, this 2011 program (about one hour long) received a Bronze Telly Award in early 2012. Its interviewees include Adam M. Roberts, executive vice president of Born Free USA.

Watch Part 1 (Adam's interview begins at the 13:39 mark and continues onto Part 2)
Watch Part 2
Watch Part 3
Watch Part 4

Big Cat Rescue Backs Law that Could One Day Put It Out of Business

Published 05/16/12
By Eddie Daniels. Tampa (FL) Tribune

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

Ending Animal Cruelty and Exploitation

Published 05/14/12

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.

Rescued Dolphins Ready for Release (VIDEO)

Published 05/02/12

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.

Link: CNN.com

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