Born Free USA was out in force Wednesday when news about the exotic animals incident in central Ohio — in which dozens of wildlife who had been held captive in a rural resident’s backyard were impetuously released by their suicidal captor, then mostly shot dead by law enforcement officers — dominated the news cycle. Among the many interviews with print, radio and TV journalists by Born Free USA representatives was Executive Vice President Adam M. Roberts’ appearance on CNN with Erin Burnett. Watch as Roberts stands toe-to-toe with another Ohio man who has a long history of exploiting exotic animals by presenting them as caged tourist attractions. Read, hear and see us also on ABC, Agence France-Presse/Yahoo! News, BBC, CNN Opinion, the Los Angeles Times and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
This week's incident involving escaped exotic animals in Ohio is a call to action against private possession of wildlife. Our chief executive officer, Will Travers, calls it a "horrific situation" that should "serve as a brutal reminder that wildlife belong in the wild and that no one should ever put the animals or the public at risk by trying to confine them in a zoo, circus, backyard or home, where serious injury or death can occur at any time." Born Free USA tracks such cases through its online database, which lists some 1,600 attacks and incidents reported nationwide. Please consider helping us in our multifaceted efforts to ban the private ownership of exotics by making a generous donation today.
Monkey, a 3-year-old baboon who had been living in a basement laundry room in Wisconsin, is the newest resident of Born Free USA's Primate Sanctuary near Dilley, Texas. He joins 13 other baboons in a 2.5-acre enclosure at the 186-acre sanctuary, home to 532 primates, many of whom were rescued from laboratories, roadside zoos and private possession. Read more about Monkey (who soon will have a new, more baboon-appropriate name!), see his photo gallery and watch the video of his arrival.
Starting Monday, Nov. 7, and through that week, Born Free USA will auction off some of the eco-friendly clothing, shoes and accessories donated for our fffashion L.A. show. This is an excellent opportunity to get great deals on stylish designer clothing and accessories and, at the same time, help Keep Wildlife in the Wild®. All proceeds will support Born Free USA's work to save the lives of fur-bearing animals everywhere. Check out what we will have up for bidding by visiting our auction site.
In Hollywood last week, Born Free USA held its second annual fur free fashion show: fffashion L.A. Hundreds of fashion enthusiasts saw firsthand that compassion is the future of fashion. Our show featured 10 of the best and most innovative fur free and eco-friendly designers today, including the emerging compassionate designers who placed in Born Free USA's Fur Free Fashion Competition. See for yourself by visiting our fffashion L.A. webpage, our photo gallery and a fun 4-minute video!
And remember: Compassion is always in fashion!
On today’s show, Lori spoke to Adam Roberts with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. They discussed what constitutes an animal sanctuary and the benefits of accreditation. Adam was a great guest who is a true advocate for animals. Then Charlie Crosby from Noah’s Wish came on, and discussed how they respond during emergencies and disasters to aid animals.
Link: Animals Today Radio
Born Free USA, as you know, uncovered the graphic reality of furbearer trapping with our hard-hitting "Victims of Vanity" investigation. But we also look at the fur issue from the market side of things. Short for fur free fashion, fffashion is a clothing-design competition that encourages innovative and compassionate designers to submit striking dresses, jackets, coats and couture combinations that are chic — without the "Yeek!" of real fur. We're proud to announce this year's fffashion winners, including Stephanie Teague of North Carolina, whose first-place mustard mini dress (shown in the accompanying image) is made from fine hemp linen and organic cotton gauze colored with eco-friendly, low-impact dyes.
Earlier this summer we asked Born Free USA supporters and friends to participate in our first photography contest, and we received scores of quality entries. Our staff members have selected their 12 favorites. Now it's time for you to pick the winners! We'll be collecting your votes through Aug. 26, 2011. Winners will be announced Labor Day weekend, with a photo printer at stake in the Backyard category and binoculars going to the Worldwide winner.