Born Free USA Blog
Not too many people have a reason, or perhaps the good fortune, to find themselves visiting South Texas on a beautiful Spring day. Luckily, I have been fortunate enough to do just that when I spent a few days at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary outside San Antonio. Aside from the obvious delight of seeing a snow monkey sitting high in a scrubby tree, I was amazed by how beautiful the landscape really was. I was also amazed by the incredible wildlife we were fortunate enough to see.
Virginia is the mother of Born Free USA’s CEO, Will Travers, a celebrated and respected actress, and an icon in the international animal protection movement. People in the U.S. may not be as familiar with her as people in her native England so I wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of what I know about her, and some of the amazing stories she and her family have shared with us:
My husband Chuck and I recently spent our belated honeymoon in lush, gorgeous Costa Rica. This relatively small Central American country is chockfull of wildlife and is an absolute bird-watchers' paradise boasting more than 800 species. With the fairly recent boom in eco-tourism, Costa Rica has positioned itself as one of the leading places in the world for travelers seeking a more environmentally friendly adventure. Sadly, not all travelers are “green-minded” and eco-tourism is not without its share of issues.
A little piece of my heart literally broke when I got the news that perhaps the last American jaguar had been killed in Arizona. When I saw the picture of “Macho B” I literally gasped. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a stunning big cat.
A lot has been reported in the news recently about the poor economy and how people are feeling the pinch and really cutting back on spending which includes giving to charitable organizations.
But a friend of mine recently made an interesting observation:
A recent expose on fur farming in Ireland shows the horrendous conditions mink raised for fur are forced to live in.
Sadly these are the same conditions can be witnessed on any fur farm anywhere in the world including the United States. This is what "standard industry practice" looks like in the fur industry when not posing for their promotional photo ops or fluff news segments.
There he was, hopping along in a fairly large open swath of ground right below the light-rail train trestle. He caught my eye as I gazed through the railcar window. I contemplated his living so close to highly developed urban areas. He was a breath of fresh air.
A recent news piece in The Wall Street Journal tells the sob story about the poor U.S. mink farmers who are not selling as much fur because people are not as frivolous with their money in these tough economic times.