Born Free USA is working on an important congressional initiative to help protect big cats and the people who come near them. Sponsored by U.S. Reps. Buck McKeon (R-CA) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), the "Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act" (H.R. 4122) prohibits future possession and breeding of lions, tigers and other big cats in the exotic "pet" trade. The bill also would require all current "owners" to register their big cats with the federal government. Please ask your U.S. representative to co-sponsor the bill today.
The cramped quarters of captive zoo animals provide visitors with seconds of entertainment and the animals a lifetime of unnatural living. Zoos neither educate nor conserve wildlife where they belong — in the wild. One way we address this issue is through our Zoo Check campaign, in which our supporters print out our Zoo Check form, visit their local zoo, record their observations of the caged animals' living conditions, and return the completed form to us. The more information we compile, the more ammunition we have to pursue sensible and humane zoo reform. Please become a Zoo Checker this spring!
Avian advocates flocked together to make the 10th edition of National Bird Day one of the best yet. Take a look back at what happened on the special day last month, including NBD proclamations at national and local levels, Girl Scout participation and a coloring contest, extensive media coverage, a "blog-off" by Born Free USA's bird experts and even National Bird Day-related programs as far away as Nepal.
Share your love for animals with the one you love this Valentine's Day by shopping with Born Free USA. You can do so in a number of ways, including with our new "Prime Mate" Gift Adoption. It's for our Primate Sanctuary.
Now that we’ve all had time to take 2012 out of its wrapping, put it on and get used to how it feels — and last week we enjoyed a very successful 10th edition of National Bird Day (always on Jan. 5) — we would like to take this moment to share with you some of Born Free USA’s many New Year's resolutions.
We have yet another reason to celebrate on behalf of our feathered friends! Born Free USA has achieved an official proclamation of support for National Bird Day from Congressman Mike Quigley (D-Illinois)! Quigley read the Born Free USA National Bird Day resolution into the Congressional Record (the official record of debates, proceedings and activities of Congress) in December 2011.
Help Born Free USA make this a compassionate holiday season by shopping at our online store. Click any of the helpful links below, avoid lines at the mall, and know that all proceeds from your gift selections sustain our vital efforts to Keep Wildlife in the Wild®.
The Fish and Wildlife Service has crafted a regulatory proposal to restrict interstate transport of nine foreign snake species — the boa constrictor and variations of python and anaconda. The proposal would make it illegal to import or transport these species across state lines for any purpose other than research. Take a moment to tell the White House to approve this common-sense regulation before any person is hurt.