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.
We need your help to defeat a bill that flies in the face of true conservation: "The Cormorant Management and Natural Resources Act" (H.R. 3074). Introduced by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), the bill would amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to allow states to kill large populations of double-crested cormorants (DCCOs) mainly because of the misguided belief that they are "eating all the fish."
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.