The sad fact that animals still are used as props by the entertainment industry, more than 10 years into the 21st century, is a stain on our civilization. At Born Free USA, we work tirelessly to bring all such exploitations to an end. Join us in calling upon The Mirage in Las Vegas to shut down its deadly dolphin exhibit that is part of Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. What The Mirage would like to keep secret is that its dolphin habitat has a nearly 75 percent death rate, one of the worst in an exploitative industry that keeps orcas and dolphins captive for entertainment. Tell top officials at The Mirage and its corporate owner, MGM Resorts, that it’s time to send the dolphins back to the wild and to then drain the pool — forever.
Who doesn’t appreciate a two-for-one special, especially for the day that specifically celebrates twosomes? From now through Feb. 14, 2011, adopt a monkey at our Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary and give yourself and your Valentine the gift of compassion: Choose from among Carly, Grinch, Joey, Khy, Mig and Shawshank for yourself, then select a second monkey for your loved one to adopt at no extra charge! That’s a $52 savings! We care for more than 500 macaques, vervets and baboons — many of them rescued from unsavory circumstances — at our 186-acre facility in Dilley, Texas, and to keep the sanctuary running smoothly we depend on the generosity of donors such as you. Adopt two for the price of one for Valentine’s Day, and we’ll love it!
In conjunction with this month’s premiere of “Elsa’s Legacy: The Born Free Story” on PBS, we asked you to share your thoughts about how Joy Adamson’s book “Born Free” or the hit movie that followed impacted the way you think about wild animals. We were delighted with the responses, and want to share the best essays with all of you. Click “Read More” below to see our four favorites. Each writer will receive an autographed copy of “The Life in My Years,” the autobiography by “Born Free” movie star Virginia McKenna. And remember the lyrics, sung so beautifully by Matt Monro and that continue to inspire 45 years later: “Born free, and life is worth living. But only worth living, cause you’re born free.”
(Own the “Elsa’s Legacy: The Born Free Story” DVD.)
My Dear Friends: Making Born Free with my late husband Bill, working with the Adamsons and learning so much about lions — and now working for wildlife around the world with Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, have been some of the greatest highlights of my life.
I cannot say how thrilled I am that “Elsa’s Legacy: The Born Free Story” was shown Sunday on PBS’ “Nature.” It is a story that simply has to be told and it sends a warning roar across the airwaves letting us know that we are perilously close to losing something that we, deep down, value so much — the world’s wild places and the wild creatures, such as lions, that still inhabit them.
Fifty years ago, Joy Adamson wrote “Born Free.” The best-selling book, which recounts how she and her husband were surrogate parents to a lion cub in Africa, in 1966 was made into an award-winning film of the same name. This Sunday evening, PBS looks back at the book, the movie and how they changed the way people think about conservation and lions with “Elsa's Legacy: The Born Free Story.” It touches on the compassion-to-all-creatures philosophy that drives our mission here at Born Free USA. After watching the documentary, share your thoughts with us — in 150 words or fewer — about how the book or movie impacted the way you think about wild animals and you could win an autographed copy of Virginia McKenna’s autobiography “The Life in My Years.” (Please include your hometown in your e-mail.) We'll publish some of our favorite responses in this space.
You have compassion. You acted. You gave. You and Born Free USA made life better for thousands of animals worldwide in 2010, and we’re not about to stop now. As you gear up for another year of helping animals — to give monkeys, elephants, bears, dolphins, coyotes, parrots, rhinoceroses, tigers, frogs and all other creatures the respect, protection and freedom they need to thrive — take a few minutes to read about our accomplishments in 2010. Our chief executive officer, Will Travers, will even tell you about them. Let’s build on those victories, and for the animals’ sake turn 2010 into 20!! !
We’re sensitive to your needs. Born Free USA is conducting a survey of our members and supporters, and we want your feedback! We would like to know more about you, your opinions about our website, our Action Alerts and other communications with you, Born Free USA Membership and Membership packages, and the animal protection campaigns you care most about. Before Jan. 15, please take about 15 minutes to fill out the online survey. You might win one of three Born Free USA gift baskets valued at more than $100 each!
What a season-setter, our Grinch! He's one of six primates in our “Adopt a Primate” program, and with your $52 annual donation you can bring a lot of holiday cheer to Grinch and the hundreds of other rescued monkeys we care for at our Texas sanctuary. Adopt Grinch before year’s end and you will receive his photograph in a holiday ornament frame. As Dr. Jane Goodall says: "Caring for each primate that has been rescued — often from a life of misery — is very important. It is also costly. Born Free desperately needs support in order to provide these primates with the kind of lives they need — and deserve!"