Born Free USA Blog
I just had to shake my head at the recent newspaper report about wolves killing bear-hunting dogs in Wisconsin.
I have just read that the Auckland Zoo in New Zealand is closing its gates for a day as staff bemoan the loss of a 40-year-old Asian elephant named Kashin.
On Thursday, August 13, I visited a small, private roadside zoo that is dedicated to the art of falconry. “Art” is what it is called. As a bird artist* who has admired and thrilled to avian predators all his life, I find it hard to see them tethered to perches or held in cages most of their lives, trained to amuse their masters, called “art.”
While we mostly focus on exotic and captive wildlife here at Born Free USA, every now and then a story comes along outside our normal realm of work that is so shocking, we just cannot ignore it. Last week’s horrifying story was the revelation of the Petland employee who drowned two rabbits at the Akron, OH store.
Question: Is a fur coat really more environmentally friendly than a fake one?
A recent podcast by the Association of Avian Veterinarians was recently brought to my attention by a colleague and parrot behavior expert in the UK who was appalled by the information presented about keeping parrots as pets.
Today a news article came across my desk reporting on more than a hundred exotic animals turned over to a zoo in Connecticut in response to its first amnesty day for exotic animals.