Today (Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013) is National Bird Day! Please join us in our annual celebration by taking a few moments to check out this year's happenings, including National Bird Day e-cards, the second annual Free Bird Photo Contest, special community events, and new tips on bird care. The best way to honor National Bird Day is to see them in action! Take a walk if it's nice outside or check out the wintry scene through a window and you'll be sure to witness birds of various sizes and colors. Perhaps you will agree with us that they are worthy of celebrating every day of the year.
At Born Free USA, we enter the new year as determined as ever to promote and make happen our core mission: to end the suffering of wild animals in captivity, rescue individual animals in need, protect wildlife — including highly endangered species — in their natural habitats, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. Thank you for your support and for all you do to help animals. Have a happy, compassion-filled new year!
Because of compassionate people such as you, one hundred eight monkeys we rescued this summer have settled into the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. Lions are one step closer to gaining protection in the United States under the Endangered Species Act. Five cheetah cubs we rescued in Ethiopia suddenly have a bright future. We have accomplished all that, and so much more, in 2012. As we look ahead to 2013, much vital work remains to be done. Will you please consider giving $13 (tax-deductible) today to make next year a "Lucky 13" for animals? Thank you for your support, and have a very happy new year.
A Statement from Born Free USA
Born Free USA has been following the case of the so-called “Ikea Monkey” named Darwin. This baby Japanese macaque, dressed in a faux-shearling, fitted coat, was found alone in the vastness of an Ikea store parking lot, in Toronto, during the Christmas shopping rush. Folks took photos that subsequently went viral on the Internet, and were featured in news stories around the world. Toronto, like many Canadian cities, has a law against keeping certain species of exotic animals as pets. Darwin’s owner was fined, and she signed little Darwin over to the city, from where he was moved to a primate sanctuary, north of the city.
The year began with our 10th anniversary version of National Bird Day, the most vibrant yet, and is concluding with a flurry of activity that has seen our bid to have the African lion listed as "endangered" under the U.S. Endangered Species Act gaining steam. Find out more about those triumphs, and many of our other biggest accomplishments in 2012, on our 2012 successes webpage! And if you'd like to help us begin 2013 with a full head of steam — and give yourself a bit of a tax break, to boot — please consider making a donation today.
In late November our bid to have the African lion listed as "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act cleared a hurdle. From now through Jan. 28, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is soliciting comments (click here to add your two cents) on why the lion should receive this layer a protection — a much-needed development that would mean the United States no longer would be a "consumer" of lions (import them for trophy-room display, restaurant use, etc.) On Dec. 6, 2012, our executive vice president, Adam Roberts, spoke on Canadian TV about this issue. Watch this CTV News segment now!
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declared that our joint petition to list the African lion as "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act may be warranted. From now through late January is a 60-day comment period during which the FWS will seek scientific, commercial and other data in support of classifying the lion as endangered. Please consider adding your voice to this most worthy cause! Also, if you have not done so already, check out Born Free USA's lions page and read about our recent year-long, undercover investigation into the lion meat trade.
Classic Hardware, a vintage-inspired, cutting-edge jewelry and accessories company, is donating a portion of retail sales of its Endangered Creatures Collection to Born Free USA. Classic Hardware is best known for its image-based jewelry and eye-catching vanity cases, and for this collection it collaborated with artists to emphasize the animal conservation message. Classic Hardware's designs have been worn by top celebrities (including Emily Blunt, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Chris Isaak) and featured in popular TV shows. Items range in price from $20 to $61.