We have some wonderful news to share with you about Tom and Misha, a pair of bottlenose dolphins Born Free rescued from a Turkish resort's polluted pool nearly two years ago. We've been rehabilitating them ever since in a sea pen in the Aegean Sea — until, that is, last week, when we opened the pen's door and away Tom and Misha swam, back into the wild!
Born Free USA Senior Program Associate Monica Engebretson joined colleagues from Trap Free New Mexico on an eight-city swing to highlight the dangers associated with trapping on lands. "The Troubles with Trapping" tour's goal was to raise awareness, capture the attention of decision-makers and move New Mexico a step closer to having trap-free public lands.
We need your help to defeat an unnecessary and irresponsible bill pending in Congress (H.R. 4089) that undermines federal protection for polar bears (an officially designated "threatened species"). This legislation also would allow recreational hunting on additional federal lands, thereby putting more wildlife at risk.
Born Free USA again is spearheading the Captive Primate Safety Act (H.R. 4306) in the U.S. House of Representatives to protect nonhuman primates from the exotic "pet" trade. Please ask your representative to co-sponsor the bill today.
Tom and Misha, the two bottlenose dolphins who were dramatically rescued from the brink of death in September 2010, when they were being kept in a fetid swimming pool at a resort in Turkey, are now entering their final but crucial stages of rehabilitation.
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.