Despite our efforts thus far, the Maryland Renaissance Festival continues to offer cruel elephant and camel rides. Join us this Saturday, August 23 for a peaceful protest at the Maryland Renaissance Festival! Click the "Read More" link below for more details.
An Idaho hunting group (Idaho for Wildlife) wants to sponsor a predator killing contest across 3 million acres of public lands—for the next five winters. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is currently seeking input on this proposal in order to craft an Environmental Assessment. Urge the BLM to deny Idaho for Wildlife's request for a special recreation permit. Please make your voice heard by August 18!
A proposal, now in the hands of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP), could permit a company to open a 150-foot by 140-foot bobcat fur farming facility in Fergus County, Montana. FWP has announced a public comment period, and you can help defeat this proposal by submitting your comment by August 29. (Click the "Read More" link below for a sample comment that you can use or modify.)
The severely endangered Mexican gray wolf is at risk. A year ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) published a proposal to expand the protected habitat for this subspecies of wolf. Now, FWS is back with a revised proposal.
We need to let FWS know that, while we support the proposal for a broader habitat, the wolves cannot withstand increased hunting. Please submit a comment online by September 23! (Click the "Read More" link below for a sample comment that you can use or modify.)
Good news! The Captive Primate Safety Act (H.R. 2856/S. 1463) passed the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works last week, setting it up for a vote in the whole chamber.
Every member of Congress prioritizes bills that constituents care about, so we need to keep letting them know that this bill deserves attention. Even if you have done so before, please call your Senators and Representative in Congress. (You can find their phone numbers here.) The phone call can be very short; simply say that you are a constituent and that you urge them to support S. 1463 (for the Senate) or H.R. 2856 (for the House). Then, send a follow-up email.
VICTORY! On August 5, Governor Christie signed a bill into law that will ban the sale, purchase, and importation of ivory and rhino horn in New Jersey. This law, sponsored by Senator Lesniak (D-33) and Assemblyman Mukherji (D-33), sets a historic precedent by prohibiting the commercialization of these wildlife products. Please contact Governor Christie and thank him for his compassionate decision.
Thousands of wildlife killing events occur across the U.S. every year, resulting in the senseless deaths of tens of thousands of wild animals. During these shocking and vicious competitions, the person or team who has slaughtered the most animals is crowned the winner. Please urge the California Fish and Game Commission to permanently ban wildlife killing contests in California.
You can submit comments in two ways:
1. Attend the meeting this Wednesday, August 6 in person in San Diego, CA. More information to be posted here.
2. Submit comments electronically or by mail (address below) by October 8 in support of the wildlife killing contest ban. Remember to include your full name and contact information to ensure that your comments are counted in the official record.
California Fish and Game Commission
P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090
Today, World Ranger Day, we applaud the park rangers who stand at the front line of the struggle to save our planet’s wildlife. These brave men and women often work in extremely difficult field conditions, with little financial support from their governments, and are seemingly forgotten by some in the international community. They frequently lack the training and equipment they desperately need to defend wildlife—and themselves. If they pay the ultimate price by dying in the line of duty, they regularly leave behind widows and orphans with no means of generating income.
Born Free is proud to partner with The Thin Green Line Foundation to provide essential anti-poaching equipment and training to rangers, as well as financial support to families of rangers killed in the line of duty. Please help these heroes if you can.