"I am asking you to help keep wildlife in the wild because our children and their children's children deserve the same privilege of learning to appreciate and respect all the magnificent creatures who cohabitate this beautiful planet."
— Gregory Jbara, actor who won a Tony Award for his role in “Billy Elliot the Musical”
"Wildlife belongs in the wild. To respect wildlife is to respect the world and everything in it."
— Julia Barr, longtime star of "All My Children"
"I am asking you to help keep wildlife in the wild because that's where wild animals belong!"
— Elizabeth Emanuel, international fashion designer; creator of Princess Diana’s wedding gown
At Born Free USA, we work tirelessly to protect wildlife in their natural habitats. Every year, we put a special emphasis on our mission by organizing Keep Wildlife in the Wild Week. This year's "K3W" — our in-house handle for the week, one that's convenient for texting and tweeting, if you want to spread the word among friends! — is our third and runs June 20-24.
While the Japanese government is scrambling to take care of its people and trying to get the crippled country back on its feet in the wake of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, the animals left behind in the Fukushima evacuation zone are silently enduring unspeakable suffering. You can help by urging Japan's leaders to lift a ban on allowing animal rescue groups into the zone.
Does your favorite pet supply store not sell animals? And does it have other traits that make it especially good for you and your household companions? If so, please then nominate it for Born Free USA's Compassionate Pet Supply Store of the Year award! (Just click on the ribbon image!) The only criteria are that the store cannot sell live animals of any kind, including birds, reptiles or fish, and must be a brick-and-mortar store (not just an online shopping site). Nominations are due by June 30. We will sift through the nominations and present finalists for you to vote on. Two stores — the top vote-getter, plus our staff-chosen favorite — will receive a slew of prizes!
Samantha the snow monkey had been living for more than 20 years in a 5-foot-by-10-foot cage with a heated box in a Kansas backyard, and because her human caretaker is battling serious illness Sam needed a place to live out her remaining days in dignity. So Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary staff member Traci Hanson and her husband, Burl, made the very long drive from Dilley, Texas, to northern Kansas to rescue Samantha. (Watch the video!)
American buffalo, icons of the Wild West, are being persecuted in Yellowstone National Park. More than 660 bison are being held in pens by park management, some with the possibility of being slaughtered.