Sorrowful scenes of suffering and pitiful neglect — they take place daily in pet stores throughout the United States. In pet stores, animals are viewed as commodities so that the store can realize a profit. This means that, in order to cut costs, animals often are kept in deplorable conditions and denied needed veterinary care.
Four months ago, Born Free rescued and welcomed to our sanctuary in Ethiopia four cheetah cubs who had been captured from the wild and were destined to be smuggled to the Middle East, where they would have been subjected to miserable, probably shortened lives as "pets." Last week, we rescued another cheetah cub, otherwise doomed to a similar intended fate. Watch her playful and inspiring first experiences at the wildlife center in this short video.
Once again it's time to decide who will win Born Free USA's annual Compassionate Pet Supply Store of the Year Award! We received scores of nominations and our staff members have whittled the finalists down to six choices. The winner will receive a certificate of recognition, an announcement in local media, and a free advertisement on our Pet Supply Locator. Cast your vote by the end of the day on July 31!
Please join Born Free USA in urging NBC not to feature an endangered Moluccan cockatoo on its show "The Voice" as a pet and onscreen companion for Cee Lo Green. As a supporter of Born Free USA you know that wildlife should remain in the wild. Help us explain to NBC that our mission includes birds and in particular parrots, especially those who are extremely difficult to care for in captivity and whose survival in the wild is directly threatened by the pet trade.
At the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary, each individual animal matters. Located on 186 acres about 70 miles south of San Antonio, TX, the sanctuary provides a safe, permanent home for more than 500 nonhuman primates, many of whom were rescued from abusive situations in research facilities, roadside zoos or private possession.
Across the United States, millions of exotic animals are kept captive in people's homes. The trade in exotic animals is a multibillion-dollar industry, and exotic animals are bred, sold and traded in large numbers. But these animals — including, among other species, lions, tigers, cougars, wolves, bears, monkeys, alligators and venomous snakes and other reptiles — pose grave dangers to human health and safety. By their very nature, exotic animals are unpredictable and are incapable of being domesticated or tamed.
Animals are abused and exploited in a variety of forms of "entertainment." In zoos, all manner of wild animals are trapped for life in environmentally, psychologically and socially depriving enclosures. In circuses, elephants, lions, tigers and other animals are sentenced to a lifetime of misery in order to provide a few moments of unnatural human amusement. In marine parks, dolphins and orcas are trapped in cement pools, forced to perform demeaning tricks. On movie and TV show sets, animals are used as involuntary "props" to sell products and services.
Each year, millions of furbearing animals are killed in the name of "nuisance wildlife control" and millions more are killed for "fashion." Indiscriminate body-crushing traps lead to an excutiating end to animals slaughtered for the fur on their backs. Traps also injure and kill domestic animals and pose risks to people as well.