Hawaii made great strides to protect bears when Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed SB 2232/HB 2296 into law last Friday. The bill was spearheaded by Born Free USA and introduced by state Sen. Clayton Hee (D- Kahuku, Laie, Kaaawa and Kaneohe) and Representatives Jessica Wooley, Chris Lee, Scott Nishimoto, Karl Rhoads and Gilbert Keith-Agaran. SB 2322/HB 2296 makes it illegal to purchase, sell, transport or deliver bear gallbladders or bile, or any product, item or substance containing, labeled or advertised as containing bear gallbladder or bile.
Born Free USA’s chief executive officer, Will Travers, has been honored for his work to protect endangered and suffering animals around the world with an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). The Order of the British Empire recognizes distinguished service to the arts and sciences, public services outside the civil service, and work with charitable and welfare organizations. Travers, recognized for his animal welfare and conservation work, will be presented with the award at Buckingham Palace later this year.
Last week after a 28-hour drive, a severely abused long-tailed macaque from Midland, MI, arrived at the 186-acre Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley, TX, to begin a new life with more than 500 other primates. For 10 years the monkey, named JR — but renamed Freeman by Born Free USA staff — lived in a cage (45.5 inches tall, 36 inches long, 25.5 inches wide) weighted by cement blocks to keep him from getting out.
June is Keep Wildlife in the Wild Month, created by Born Free USA to encourage people to protect wild animals in their own backyards and around the globe. The official month-long “call to action” includes an essay contest for children, photo contest, educational tools, online activities and more, to engage the public to become more aware and protective of animals in the wild. Keep Wildlife in the Wild Month focuses on creating a national movement to stop the exploitation of wildlife and protect our planet.
Rescued from death’s door and the confines of a filthy festering swimming pool in Hisaronu, Turkey, nearly two years of careful care and preparation finally reached a stunning climax this week when the gate to their sea pen was opened for the first time and two dolphins were released.
Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, is working with the New York State Legislature to pass a bill to protect the public from potentially dangerous exotic animals by enacting stricter regulations on exotic animal ownership.
Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, is urging Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie to sign House Bill 2296, sponsored by state Representative Jessica Wooley (D-Laie, Hauula, Kahaluu and Kaneoh), that would protect bears on the mainland and abroad by prohibiting the commercial trade in bear gallbladders and bile in Hawaii. The initiative, which was also championed in the Senate by Judiciary Chairman Clayton Hee (D-Kahuku, La'ie, Ka'a'awa and Kane'ohe), passed its final floor reading in the Hawaii Legislature on April 23, 2012.
Born Free USA, a national leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for setting an illegal leghold trap in the Cleveland Park area of Washington, DC, that resulted in a raccoon suffering tremendously and losing his life. The reward is being added to an existing $1,000 reward being offered by the Washington Humane Society (WHS) who uncovered this horrific case.