Exotic pet ownership is banned in New York, but, unfortunately, the public can still interact with these animals. Petting zoos, photo ops, and other hands-on sessions with big cats, bears, nonhuman primates, and other wild animals are all too common – and the stories behind these exhibits are heartbreaking. This is why we need you to reach out to your state legislators today, and ask them to co-sponsor a new bill (A. 9004/S. 6903) to ensure that no member of the public can come into contact with wild animals.
Last Tuesday, Governor Earl Tomblin signed the Dangerous Wild Animals Act (H.B. 4393) into law, ending West Virginia’s status as one of only six states with no restrictions on exotic pets. This law prohibits acquiring new “wild and exotic animals” as pets. It also addresses the problem of “roadside zoos” by requiring exhibitors with exotic animals to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
This victory couldn’t have happened without your support and advocacy. Each one of you who made a phone call to the governor’s office, emailed your legislator, or spent time educating others about the plight of privately owned exotic animals owns this success.
"Fur for the Animals" is a donation drive to collect clothing items made from animal fur and donate them to wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centers across the country.
Born Free Foundation Ethiopia held its Annual General Meeting on Sunday, March 9, and the organization’s rescue center is developing magnificently!
We are pleased to report that you helped Chinoise, an infant chimpanzee who had been tied up and used as a prop in Cameroon, with more than $1,000. Thanks to you, Chinoise grows stronger and happier every day.
Use this link to purchase a new book called Monkey Business: A History of Nonhuman Primate Rights, and 50% of proceeds will be donated to Born Free USA--but only during the month of March!
The Vegetarian Site is donating 10% of all sales during the month of March to Born Free USA.
Pennsylvania residents, please contact your state legislators in support of S.B. 521/H.B. 575. This bill strengthens Pennsylvania’s exotic pet laws by prohibiting the private ownership of exotic wildlife, including bears, big cats, primates, and other potentially dangerous animals. People who already have such pets would be allowed to keep them, as long as they acquire a permit. The bill also expands and strengthens the definition of exotic wildlife and of exotic wildlife dealers, and prohibits the public from having direct contact with exotic wildlife at menageries.
These commonsense safety and animal welfare provisions are long overdue, as demonstrated by the ongoing incidents involving exotic pets. Check out Born Free USA’s database for more.
Known for its delicious and affordable vegetarian and vegan comfort food, Green Vegetarian Cuisine is also serving up support for the animals! 10% from all diners’ checks will be donated to Born Free USA to assist our Primate Sanctuary in South Texas.
Attend the screening of the PBS documentary, Parrot Confidential, on Tuesday, March 25 in Washington, D.C.! As part of the Environmental Film Festival, the film will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker (and our National Bird Day collaborator), Allison Argo of Argo Films.
The acclaimed 2013 documentary explores the challenges of owning parrots, how breeders and owners become bird rescuers, and conservation efforts taking place around the world. Click the "Read More" link below for more details.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposed a rule to grant Lolita, one of the oldest captive-held orcas kept at the Miami Seaquarium, equal status as a member of an endangered species—just like her protected wild relatives. Lolita would have the chance to live out the rest of her days in her native waters off of the coast of Washington in the Southern Resident orca community (her pod), in the vicinity of her family.
We need your help to persuade NOAA to include Lolita as a member of her protected family and release her to her native waters. The deadline for comment submission is March 28.
Click the "Read More" link below to see a sample comment that you can send.
As we fight the federal government’s attempt to remove gray wolves from the list of endangered species, some states are also engaged in their own assault on wolf populations. One of the most egregious examples is an Idaho bill (H. 470) that would allocate $2 million to wolf killing. That’s right—two million dollars. Please tell your state senator to oppose this bill—which has already passed the House!