Dr. Jane Goodall, perhaps the most famous, recognizable and influential name in primate protection, recently sent a personal note to Born Free USA Chief Executive Officer Will Travers and our friends and supporters about our work in Dilley, Texas, caring for 500 primates in need at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. “Caring for each primate that has been rescued — often from a life of misery — is very important,” said Goodall. “It is also costly. Born Free desperately needs support in order to provide these primates with the kind of lives they need — and deserve.”
Thanks to our thousands of supporters in Canada and the United States, Born Free USA has won $12,000 from the Body Shop Foundation! Last month in each country, we finished second in an online and in-store popularity contest that pitted us against two other nonprofit organizations. We received 13,743 votes in Canada and 44,265 votes in the United States. Our winnings, as do all our funds, will go toward our campaigns, advocacy and other efforts to Keep Wildlife in the Wild®. Thank you, Body Shop, and thank you, supporters!
Find out how your state rates in terms of trapping regulations by checking out Born Free USA’s unprecedented State Trapping Report Card, which assigns an academic letter grade to each state based on how its trapping regulations impact animal welfare, wildlife conservation and public safety. “We were actually generous in our grading system,” says Senior Program Associate Monica Engebretson. "Many states would receive an even lower grade if we took into account accurate monitoring of wildlife populations.”
Born Free USA, which for two years has promoted fur-free fashion with its fffashion design contest, last month co-hosted a celebrity-infused fashion show in the swanky Stone Rose Lounge in Los Angeles. Check out our photo gallery from the exciting inaugural event, which spotlighted guilt-free, no-animal-was-harmed dresses and other attire. Who says doing the right thing can’t be fun?
Born Free Needs Your Help To Ensure Their Rehabilitation to the Wild
Tom and Misha, the two bottlenose dolphins Born Free rescued this summer from a filthy pool in Hisaronu, Turkey, are starting to feel at home in their temporary sea pen. The picture shows a moment of joy for Tom as he leaps up into the air. Our project partners are building a bigger sea pen with the aim of introducing the dolphins to their official rehabilitation facility in a few weeks. Tom and Misha were captured off the Turkish coast five years ago. Now a dedicated team, including colleagues from the United States, are preparing them for a life back in the wild, where they belong.
Millions of animals are trapped each year, causing untold suffering and death for many of the creatures, not all of whom were targeted by the trappers. Dogs, cats, endangered species and even humans can be caught in leg-hold traps, snare traps or traps designed to crush and kill. Born Free USA's newest, easy-to-use interactive database details just a tiny fraction of such tragedies. “Since almost no state agencies track this information impacting so many animals and their families, we are,” says Born Free USA’s chief executive officer, Will Travers. “It is unacceptable that thousands of innocent animals are brutally captured by trappers’ devices.
Baby seal hunts and polar bear struggles are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to animal protection issues north of the border. Born Free USA is proud to discuss those issues in a detailed and thought-provoking way on our new Canadian Campaigns Page. Longtime journalist and animal advocate Barry Kent MacKay, Born Free’s Senior Program Associate in Canada, shares his observations and opinions in essays and blogs that whisk you north of the border and out into the wild. Find out what we’re doing to save Canadian wildlife and how you can help.
Following a dramatic 48 hours of negotiations, the Born Free Foundation® has secured the release of two dolphins, Tom and Misha. Their plight has made international news since they were placed in a small concrete swimming pool in the Turkish town of Hisaronu, from where local campaign group, the Dolphin Angels, arranged a massive Facebook protest and an ongoing street presence, calling for their release.