Adam Roberts on TV/Radio
In late November our bid to have the African lion listed as "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act cleared a hurdle. From now through Jan. 28, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is soliciting comments (click here to add your two cents) on why the lion should receive this layer a protection — a much-needed development that would mean the United States no longer would be a "consumer" of lions (import them for trophy-room display, restaurant use, etc.) On Dec. 6, 2012, our executive vice president, Adam Roberts, spoke on Canadian TV about this issue. Watch this CTV News segment now!
Mingle Media TV and Red Carpet Report host Ashley Bornancin were invited to cover Stars for Stripes, hosted by Alison Eastwood, to benefit the Born Free USA and Peace 4 Animals charity organizations held at Hemingway's in Hollywood. Stars for Stripes benefits the Satpuda Landscape Tiger Programme, which protects vital tiger habitats in India, mitigates human-tiger conflicts, tackles wildlife crimes and monitors tiger ranging activity. The celebrity host committee was lead by Elaine Hendrix, Charlotte Ross, Jill Wagner, Joanna Krupa, and Jayde Nicole. The guests were also treated to the unveiling of fine artist, Darcie Odom's tiger conservation painting.
If swimming with dolphins is not exciting enough for you, how about a tiger cub? A private zoo in Dade City, Fla., is now giving patrons the chance to swim with a Siberian tiger cub. While it might sound dangerous, it’s a roaring success with customers from as far away as Iceland lining up and paying $200 for just 30 minutes to cuddle, bottle feed and swim with Tony the tiger — a 6-week old cub.
It looks like a scene out of a box-office smash movie. But for Jeff Harwell, 30, an animal handler at Arizona's Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde, Ariz., running at full speed, being chased by a full-grown tiger or waiting for the 450-pound animal to pounce is part of a normal day.
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.
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.
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.
Believe it or not, an "Inside Edition" investigation found it is easier in some states to purchase a tiger than it is to adopt a dog from a shelter. Producer Charlie Mclravy found it was as easy as responding to a listing in a catalog called the "Animal Finder's Guide." The ad said: "Tiger Cub, five month old female, well socialized." The seller, Cy Vierstra, sent Mclravy pictures of a rare white Bengal tiger. The price: $2,700.
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