Mega-Ivory Seizure Puts Future of Elephants in Doubt
A massive seizure of 1,500 ivory tusks in Port Klang, rumored to weigh a staggering 20 to 24 English tons, has stunned the conservation world.
"Last year, 2011, was described by trade experts as the worst year for elephants in decades," said Will Travers, chief executive officer of the Born Free Foundation and Born Free USA. "This latest seizure coming, as it does, on top of 900 kilograms seized in New York in July, 1,500 kilograms in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in May and two seizures, one of 3,810 kilograms in October and another of 1,330 kilograms in November in Hong Kong, means the bloody ivory trade has reached new heights of destruction and depravity in 2012.”
More than 100 Animals Settling In at Their New Home at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary Following Its Largest Transfer of Macaques in History
The happy ending of a two-year saga for 107 macaques and one baboon is finally here. In September, the last group of primates was successfully transported from their former home at the now-closed Wild Animal Orphanage (WAO) in San Antonio, TX, to their new home at the 186-acre Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley, TX. Now, as the year comes to an end, Born Free USA reports that the animals are all adjusting and settling into their spacious digs — the place they will call home for the rest of their lives.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Issues Positive Finding on Groups’ Petition to List Lions as Endangered
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today (Nov. 26, 2012) that the African lion may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), following an initial review of a petition seeking to protect the species which was filed by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Humane Society International (HSI), Born Free USA, Born Free Foundation, Defenders of Wildlife and the Fund for Animals. The groups thanked the federal agency for its preliminary positive 90-day finding on the petition to protect lions.
This year was the biggest year for the International Fur Free Retailer Program (www.furfreeretailer.com) since its launch in 2006, with more than 50 retailers signing on in 2012 and a record number (20) of countries served by the program, reports Born Free USA, founding partner and organizer of the program.
Queen Legend Brian May and Singing Sensation Kerry Ellis Re-Record Academy Award-Winning Song ‘Born Free’
Today (Nov. 5, 2012) marks the worldwide release of the Oscar-winning song “Born Free,” re-recorded by legendary Queen guitarist Brian May and West End and Broadway songstress Kerry Ellis. The classic hit single will be sold in aid of the international wildlife charity, the Born Free Foundation.
Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, has announced its partnership with Classic Hardware of Burbank, CA, the vintage-inspired, cutting-edge jewelry and accessories company. The company will donate a portion of retail sales of its Endangered Creatures Collection at www.classichardware.com to Born Free USA beginning today, in time for the holiday season. Items range from $20 to $61.
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.”