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Farming Elephants to Save Them? Absolutely Not, Says Will Travers

Published 03/03/14

A recent article proposes that we can protect elephants by farming them—but Will Travers, President of the Born Free Foundation, carefully debunks the author’s claims, point by point.

Link: The Guardian

World Wildlife Day Draws Attention to Brutal Wildlife Trade

Published 02/26/14

Jon Patch, host of the Talkin’ Pets radio and internet show, discusses Born Free USA’s involvement in World Wildlife Day (March 3). As Adam Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, explains, “The global wildlife trade is among the most profitable illicit enterprises along with drug and gun running… It is a wildly destructive and cruel enterprise that must be controlled.”

Link: Talkin’ Pets

Adam Roberts Featured on Animals Today Radio

Published 02/21/14

Listen to the Animals Today Radio interview with Adam Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, in which he criticizes the recent slaughter of a healthy, young Copenhagen Zoo giraffe: a shocking story that sparked international outrage.

Link: Animals Today Radio

Two Rescued Monkeys Find New Home at Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary

Published 02/14/14

Two primates—a Japanese macaque and a vervet monkey—have been rescued from “deplorable” conditions in a Carlisle, Pennsylvania home and relocated to the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley, Texas. “We are grateful to help these two primates,” said Born Free USA CEO Adam Roberts. “They are the lucky ones.”

Link: Penn Live

France Crushes 3.5 Tons of Ivory

Published 02/07/14

France has just followed the lead of Gabon, the Philippines, the U.S., and China by crushing 3.5 tons of its stockpiled ivory. Will Travers of Born Free commented, “By destroying this ivory, France is sending two key messages to the global community: that the illegal ivory trade is completely unacceptable and that ivory should never be allowed to enter the marketplace, where it fuels demand and contributes to the death of both elephants and the wildlife rangers trying to protect them.”

Link: MRCVS

Rescued Hippopotamus Befriends Two Dogs

Published 02/05/14

Douglas, an orphaned hippopotamus rescued in Zambia by Born Free Foundation, is now being nursed back to health by the staff at Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust—and by Coco and Molly, two Jack Russell terriers. Douglas’ canine friends are keeping him company during his rehabilitation.

Link: Reveal

Summit to Pressure China to Reduce Ivory Demand

Published 02/04/14

This month, representatives from 50 countries—including Prince William, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and Chinese media icons like actor Jackie Chan and basketball star Yao Ming—will attend a summit to pressure China to end their monumental role in the ivory trade. Born Free’s Will Travers states, “China is the biggest market because, in 2008, the international community decided it was acceptable to sell some stockpiled ivory to China and Japan to satisfy demand… What it did was it stimulated demand.”

Link: Voice of Russia

Nebraska Senator Speaks Out Against Shark Finning

Published 01/29/14

Senator Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha, Nebraska has proposed a bill that would make it illegal to own or sell shark fins in Nebraska. Despite living in a landlocked state, Nordquist understands the importance of taking a stand: “It’s obvious there aren’t a lot of shark fins in Nebraska…but it would send a statement that Nebraska cares about our world’s ecological balance.”

Link: KLKN TV

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