Fewer than 500 Ethiopian wolves are clinging to life in the Ethiopian mountains. They face significant risk due to the spread of rabies from local domestic dogs, who are owned by people who graze their livestock nearby. Born Free USA is working to contribute significantly to this emergency rabies vaccination program, and we need your help right away. Please make any donation that you can, and we will restrict 100% of it to go to this vital, life-saving program.
Your Senator (Barbara Boxer in California or David Vitter in Louisiana) is one of the two lead sponsors of the Captive Primate Safety Act (S. 1463), and so is in a unique position of power to push it forward. However, the Senator needs to hear from constituents that this is a priority. California residents, reach Boxer’s office at (202) 224-3553. Louisiana residents, reach Vitter’s office at (202) 224-4623. Then, send a follow-up email. Click the "Read More" link below for more details.
Your Representative (Earl Blumenauer in Oregon or Mike Fitzpatrick in Pennsylvania) is one of the two lead sponsors of the Captive Primate Safety Act (H.R. 2856), and so is in a unique position of power to push it forward. However, he needs to hear from his constituents that this is a priority. Reach Blumenauer's office at (202) 225-4811 or Fitzpatrick's office at (202) 225-4276. Then, send a follow-up email. Click the "Read More" link below for more details.
On Monday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill (S.B. 3049) that will protect three magnificent Illinois species: the gray wolf, the American black bear, and the cougar. This bill adds these imperiled species to the list of protected species under the Illinois Wildlife Act. Thank the Governor for his compassionate action!
Our brand new report, Out of Africa: Mapping the Global Trade in Illicit Elephant Ivory, reveals the global movement of ivory in startling detail, and identifies the various “chokepoints” through which illicit ivory passes. This is an intricate, complex global trade that involves organized criminal syndicates, both in Africa and in Asia. It involves financiers who drive the poaching, consolidators who bundle the ivory, companies that package and move the ivory, and wholesalers who market the ivory.
Some state legislators, at the behest of hunting and trapping lobby groups, are making a bid to decimate Michigan wolf populations and remove your rights as voters. A new bill, deceptively titled the "Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act," is currently under consideration. Please contact your state Representative and ask him or her to oppose this dangerous and unjust bill!
The deceptively optimistic-sounding “Lawful Ivory Protection Act of 2014” (H.R. 5052/S. 2587) undermines the ability of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to establish regulations that prohibit or restrict the possession, sale, or transportation of elephant ivory within the U.S., as long as that ivory was lawfully imported. Schedule a meeting with your Representative to discuss this issue. Click the "Read More" link below for more details (and materials).
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed TWO compassionate bills into law this week! S. 6903 prohibits public contact with big cats. Thank the Governor for ensuring that big cats won’t be mistreated for hands-on profit and entertainment anymore! Meanwhile, A. 10143 will ban the sale of ivory and rhino horn, with exceptions. Thank Governor Cuomo for taking this step to combat poaching.