Animal Welfare and Conservation Groups Petition USDA to Prohibit Public Contact with Dangerous Wild Animals
Organizations seek tighter federal regulations on the anniversary of the Zanesville, Ohio, exotic animal tragedy
On the one-year anniversary of the Zanesville, Ohio, tragedy in which about 50 big cats, bears, primates and other animals were released from cages at a private menagerie, The Humane Society of the United States, World Wildlife Fund, International Fund for Animal Welfare, The Fund for Animals, Born Free USA, Big Cat Rescue, and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries filed a legal petition asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to prohibit public contact with big cats, bears and primates under the Animal Welfare Act.
This year is the “International Year of the Bat,” one of the most misunderstood wildlife species and, with Halloween just weeks away, their reputation often suffers this time of year.
Born Free USA, a leader in wildlife conservation and animal welfare, is working to stop the rapid decline in bat populations. “Humans can help bats by dispelling the myths that cause needless harm to and fear about them,” says Monica Engebretson, senior program associate for Born Free USA. “They are actually vitally important to ecosystems and agriculture.”
Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation (United Kingdom), leaders in wild animal welfare and wildlife conservation, have joined forces with Catherine Best, an international award-winning jewelry designer, and Sharon Ward, an acclaimed astrologer, to announce MOON-SIGNS Jewelry. An individuals’ Moon Sign, calculated using their date of birth, may compliment their Sun Sign but reveals a “deeper, much more personal you,” according to Ward.
Born Free USA’s New Website Safe Trails Educates Public on Serious Dangers of Wildlife Traps and Instructs How To Keep Pets Safe
This week, Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, launched a website, www.bornfreeusa.org/safetrails, that educates and warns the public — especially outdoor enthusiasts — about the dangers of hidden wildlife traps and how to keep their pets and family members safe.
The winner of the annual Born Free USA Compassionate Pet Supply Store Contest is Especially for Pets in Sudbury, MA. The contest asked consumers to nominate their choice for the most compassionate pet supply store and then vote online to determine the winner.
Winners of Fourth Annual Fur Free Fashion (fffashion) Competition Announced by Born Free USA and Celebrity Judges
Born Free USA’s fourth annual fffashion (Fur Free Fashion) Competition attracted emerging designers from around the globe who believe in the benefits of shunning fur, protecting animals and the environment, and embracing the green fashion movement. Winners of the competition were announced today by Adam Roberts, executive vice president of Born Free USA, after a celebrity judging panel made its final decisions.
Born Free USA has teamed up with Living Green Magazine to share some of the organization’s online content and information, and partner in a giveaway beginning today, for a chance to win a free iPod and a copy of the Academy Award-winning film “Born Free.” The promotion is part of a collaborative effort to meet both organizations’ missions to increase awareness of captive wildlife and keep wildlife in the wild.
The happy ending of a two-year saga for 106 macaques and one baboon is finally here. On Wednesday (July 25) the first group of these animals — 10 stump-tailed macaques — are scheduled to be transported from their former home at the now-closed Wild Animal Orphanage (WAO) in San Antonio to their new home at the 186-acre Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary, about an hour away.