All of us here at Born Free USA — our chief executive in England, our East Coast and Sacramento staff members, our representative in Canada and the people who make sure things run smoothly at our Primate Sanctuary in south Texas — wish you the best of holidays and a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. Thank you for your support and for sharing our desire to make this a better world for animals. We've accomplished a lot in 2011, and together we can do so much more in 2012. We can, we must, and we will!
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.
Born Free USA works vigorously to prevent such exploitation of wildlife. Please consider helping us today.
For many months we have been developing strategies for 2012 — what campaigns we will emphasize, investigations we will undertake, legislation we will promote, fundraising opportunities we will explore, etc. However, before the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31, it's tempting to reflect on all that we have done in 2011. And by "we" I mean Born Free USA staff members, volunteers and, most importantly, supporters such as yourself. By signing our Action Alert letters, spreading the word about the work we do to Keep Wildlife in the Wild®, boosting us through donations, and treating all animals with compassion and respect, you are the heart and soul of Born Free USA and we cannot thank you enough.
Lisa Guerrero of "Inside Edition" ventured into a shopping mall in Cincinnati, OH, to investigate a display there of live tigers. For $55, patrons are allowed to play with tiger cubs and pose with them for pictures. As Guerrero points out to exhibit workers, some of the animals look ill; one cub has a patch of fur missing. It's a heartbreaking scene. Born Free USA's executive vice president, Adam Roberts, is interviewed during the segment and firmly states the obvious: There's no excuse for such cruel exploitation of a species who should instead be left alone in the wild. Watch the report!
We are thrilled to announce that the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley, Texas, soon will have 113 new residents! A bankruptcy court's ruling on Nov. 21 represents the last legal hurdle in our agreement to care for 112 macaques and one baboon from the Wild Animal Orphanage, which declared bankruptcy last year. But there is one more major hurdle for us to overcome, namely our ability to provide shelter, food and caregivers for these rescued monkeys. Please consider helping us out by making a generous donation today to our Primate Sanctuary Rescue & Rehabilitation Fund.
One decade after we hatched National Bird Day, our feathered friends are as worthy of celebration as ever before — and as deserving of their right to live freely and fully in the wild. As the 10th annual National Bird Day on Jan. 5, 2012, approaches, Born Free USA invites you to participate in a number of all-avian activities! All-new for 2012 are our colorful posters (which can be downloaded for free or ordered from our online store for a $1 shipping and handling charge), our "10 Things You Can Do to Reduce Bird Window Collisions" and, related to that, a photo contest in which you can win a pair of binoculars! Just send us a picture of how you've made one of your windows bird-friendly by the end of the day on National Bird Day, Jan. 5, 2012.
Bidding Ends Saturday Evening, So Don't Wait!
It's your turn to look like a ritzy runway model. We don't often have the opportunity to buy these eye-popping threads, but now anyone can own designer and hand-crafted apparel up for bid at Born Free USA's Fur Free & Eco Fabulous Auction! For a steal of a deal, check out the looks shown at our star-studded fffashion L.A. show, including some of the winning pieces of our third annual Fur Free Fashion Competition (fffashion), plus many more fashion and beauty related items. The auction closes promptly at 8 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 12. Register now (it's easy). You don't want to miss getting these designer fashions at such amazing prices … and helping animals at the same time.
Many of you arrived here as a result of seeing the OWN cable TV show "Oprah's Lifeclass," which featured a clip of Christian the Lion — whose story was told in a documentary (and subsequent YouTube exposure that went absolutely viral) by Born Free co-founders Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna. Learn about Born Free's history, learn more about lions, and learn more why exotic wild animals such as lions don’t make good pets!