Adam Roberts in Print
The case of an Ohio man who set loose his collection of wild bears, lions, tigers and other beasts before apparently killing himself has animal-welfare organizations renewing their call for a clampdown on ownership of exotic animals. “Exotic, dangerous animals simply do not belong in private hands. It’s not worth the risk,” said Adam Roberts, executive vice president of Born Free USA.
Learning how to respect and respond to wildlife while camping, picnicking, and hiking can mean the difference between co-existing peacefully and being in serious danger. Born Free USA, the leading animal welfare and wildlife conservation organization, reports that there is an increase in wildlife encounters this time of year because families are enjoying activities that take place at the home of these animals.
The Captive Primate Safety act, introduced by U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., David Vitter, R-La., and Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal, aims to eliminate the interstate sale of monkeys, apes and other non-human primates in the exotic pet trade.
“The captive primate trade involves enormous suffering and threats to human safety,” said Adam Roberts, executive vice president of Born Free USA. “These innocent animals are often confined in small cages and have their teeth extracted. We can’t allow animals to be mutilated in the name of companionship. There is simply no excuse for keeping nonhuman primates as pets. Wildlife belongs in the wild.”
Link: Canton (Conn.) Patch
The state's failure to enact laws banning the sale of bear gallbladders and bile has allowed New York to become a haven for poachers and profiteers who ship the valuable products overseas for use in traditional Asian medicines, wildlife advocates claim. "Our biggest concern is about New York being used as a laundering point to get gallbladders out of the country," said Adam Roberts, executive vice president of Born Free USA. "They are being shipped out of New York to places like Korea."
Link: New York Daily News
It isn’t often that a public auction inspires debate about man’s place on the planet, his relationship with the natural world or the nobility of wild and free animals. But the sale of more than 700 taxidermy mounts this weekend in Fort Worth — including full-body displays of lions, a brown bear and a tiger — illustrates the often-contentious relationship between animal-rights advocates and hunters.
Link: Dallas Morning News
Born Free USA's executive vice president, Adam Roberts, gives an overview of our organization and what some of our most pressing issues are in an interview with the Vegan Consultant website.
Link: Vegan Consultant
The world of birdhouses is divided into two parts: cute, decorative, often whimsical creations that appeal to humans, and functional nesting boxes that the birds will actually use.
Link: The Sacramento Bee