Born Free USA Calls for National Crackdown; Reports Growing Numbers of Pet Snake Incidents and Inconsistent Regulation on Ownership, Seriously Endangering Public and Environment
Dog killed by snake in Florida is 58th incident this year
Washington, D.C. -- Incidents involving "pet" snakes causing injury or death to humans, or escaping and putting communities and the environment in danger, are on the rise, says Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. On the heels of the latest incident reported this week in Miami-Dade County, FL where a 60 pound family dog was killed by a 10 foot long snake – the 58th snake incident tracked by Born Free USA this year – the organization is calling for a nationwide crackdown on keeping of snakes as pets.
Winners of 5th Annual Fur Free Fashion (fffashion) Competition Announced by Born Free USA and Celebrity Judges
New designers from Illinois, Florida, Michigan selected for designs that include a flapper dress made from 9,000 aluminum pieces and a dress made out of an umbrella
Washington D.C. — Born Free USA's annual fur-free fashion competition once again attracted a wide variety of designs from around the world, reflecting the continued belief by emerging design stars in the benefits of shunning fur, protecting animals and the environment, and embracing the green fashion movement. Winners of Born Free USA's 5th Annual fffashion Competition were announced today by Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President, after a celebrity judging panel made their final decisions.
Conservation and animal protection groups call on Fish and Wildlife Service to reject future permits for captive hunts of the species
In a blow to trophy hunting interest groups, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia upheld a 2005 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule listing the Scimitar-Horned Oryx, the Addax and the Dama Gazelle as endangered. Defenders of Wildlife, The Humane Society of the United States and Born Free USA applaud the court’s decision requiring FWS to continue to apply the restrictions of the Endangered Species Act to these antelope species, even when they are held in U.S. captive hunting facilities, where shooters pay top dollar to kill captive animals for trophies.
Bill will prohibit interstate commerce in monkeys, apes and other primates
The Humane Society of the United States, Born Free USA, the Jane Goodall Institute, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and International Fund for Animal Welfare applaud U.S. Reps Michael G. Fitzpatrick, R-Pa. and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore. for introducing H.R. 2856, the Captive Primate Safety Act, and urge the bill's swift passage. The bill amends the Lacey Act to prohibit interstate commerce in monkeys, apes and other primates for the exotic pet trade.
Washington, D.C. -- Today, the online retailer Ethica, www.shopethica.com, dedicated to high-style ethical fashion, became a member of the International Fur Free Retailer Program, www.furfreeretailer.com. The announcement was made by Born Free USA and Carolina Cantor, Co-Founder and Fashion Director of the retail website.
WASHINGTON – A new report released today analyzes literature on the economics of trophy hunting and reveals that African countries and rural communities derive very little benefit from trophy hunting revenue. The study, authored by Economists at Large—commissioned by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International and Born Free USA/Born Free Foundation—comes amid consideration to grant the African lion protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA).
International Animal Welfare and Zoo Expert Chris Draper to Speak at Chicago Zoological Society Symposium
Senior Scientific Researcher from U.K. Born Free Foundation to give insight June 5 on animal welfare and conservation objectives in zoos
Washington, D.C. -- The Chicago Zoological Society's Center for the Science of Animal Welfare will host its 2nd International Symposium on Zoo Animal Welfare on June 5 and 6, 2013 at the Brookfield Zoo. Leading welfare researchers, including the Born Free Foundation/Born Free USA's Senior Scientific Researcher Chris Draper, will discuss future directions for zoo animal welfare science. Draper, from the Born Free Foundation headquarters in the U.K., will be speaking on the topic of "Animal welfare and conservation objectives in zoos: conflicts and synergies."
Fargo, ND, native Lauren Arndt, a 23-year-old zoology major at North Dakota State University, is running the Fargo Marathon this month to raise money for Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, with whom she shares an interest to save the African lion.