Congratulations to Betsy Seeton of Taylor Park, Colo., for winning Born Free USA's first Keep Wildlife in the Wild Photo Contest! Her triumph is doubly impressive because she won both the Backyard and Worldwide categories, and as such will receive both first-place prizes — a photo printer and a pair of binoculars.
Monkey the baboon's got a new home: the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. To go with that he needs a new name! Please send us your suggestion of what he should be called, and why, by the end of the day Sunday. We'll then pick our favorite suggestions and present them to you for a vote we'll call Name That Baboon!
Short for fur free fashion, fffashion is a clothing-design competition that encourages innovative and compassionate designers to submit striking dresses, jackets, coats and couture combinations that are chic — without the "Yeek!" of real fur. Today, Born Free USA proudly announces this year's winners.
Sadly, there are more tigers in captivity in the United States than exist anywhere in the wild — where they belong. And many of the tigers in captivity can be sold, killed or in other ways exploited because of a loophole in the Endangered Species Act. After much pressure, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to close this loophole! Please take a minute today to tell the FWS that you support its proposal to rescind the "generic tiger exemption." The deadline for comments is Wednesday, Sept. 21.
When you walk into a pet store for supplies and see live animals for sale, you think, "Oh no! I can do better than to shop here." Born Free USA wants pet supply stores to cater to animals, not sell them. That's why we have the Pet Supply Locator and this summer are conducting a Compassionate Pet Supply Store of the Year contest!
The commercial trade in primates involves tremendous suffering and grave dangers to human health and safety. These innocent animals are often confined in small cages and have their teeth or fingernails extracted. We can’t allow animals to be mutilated in the name of companionship.
"If my home were in the wild, that’s where I’d want to be. So keep wildlife in their home in the wild!"
— Florence Henderson, actress perhaps best known for her role in "The Brady Bunch"
"I believe wildlife belongs in the wild because bears deserve to live - not needlessly be killed for their gallbladders and bile to create traditional Asian medicines and toiletries. There are synthetic alternatives to using bear parts, as well as dozens of herbal substitutes that would still conform to traditional Chinese medicinal practices."
— Ricky Gervais, actor