Born Free Says Illegal Trading In Elephant Ivory Will No Longer Be Tolerated
In a dramatic statement of principle, the Central African nation of Gabon today will burn its 4.8-ton elephant ivory stockpile — a move which has been widely applauded by the international conservation community.
The Born Free Foundation believes this landmark gesture by Gabon sends a clear and unambiguous message to the criminal networks involved in international wildlife crime: that illegal trading in elephant ivory will no longer be tolerated.
The Humane Society of the United States and Born Free USA Applaud the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for Advancing the Captive Primate Safety Act
The Humane Society of the United States and Born Free USA applaud the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for approving the Captive Primate Safety Act, and urge its passage in the Senate. The Captive Primate Safety Act, S. 1324, amends the Lacey Act to prohibit interstate commerce in monkeys, apes and other nonhuman primates for the exotic pet trade.
Born Free USA and the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), two leaders in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, today commended New York State legislators for passing a bill to enact stricter regulations on exotic animal ownership and urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the legislation into law.
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.