Born Free USA Blog
The award for the biggest green-washing campaign of the year has got to go to the fur industry for its attempt to sell the idea that fur is an environmentally friendly product, touting it as the “ultimate eco-clothing.” Umm ... isn’t the point of eco-conscience clothing to minimize harm to the earth and all who live here — including the animals?
Mother’s Day is upon us and I want to take a moment to welcome my newest “daughter” to the family. Born Free USA united with API focuses on exotic animals and wildlife, but I obviously do not have any of those as “children.” So I am going to digress a little and introduce you all to my new dog, Olive, because Olive makes a striking parallel to all of the animals that we work to help each day.
Last week’s news that a dolphin named “Sharky” died at SeaWorld while performing stunts in a show really hit me hard. I grew up near the ocean and as an avid scuba diver, surfer, and beachcomber, I’m fascinated by that world and get really offended by places that rip animals from such a vast, complicated, delicate world (that we know next to nothing about) to put them in a pool and make them do stupid tricks.
In shock and dismay, I just finished reading about an Indiana family who witnessed the tragic hanging and death of a raccoon after it was captured by a Conibear kill-type trap.
The icons of the Pacific Northwest ... big trees, big mountains, orca, salmon. The icons we have so much reverence for, yet are not-so-slowly hacking, poisoning, starving, and eating to their deaths.
Conservation work is sexy — in the field monitoring rehabilitated Asian elephants; waiting for hours up in a tree stand to see the elusive tiger approach a stream for a drink; protecting nests of endangered turtles along white, sandy coastlines; removing crude but deadly snares laid throughout dense forests to catch unwitting wildlife destined for the pot.
“You know what you should do?” I often joke that these are the worst six words that we animal advocates ever hear. Everyone has an idea of what we should do to help animals, but few understand just how hard it actually is!
Save the Loof Lirpa
Two weeks ago, a community activist sent an email out to his neighborhood list informing residents that a “loof lirpa” had escaped the National Zoo here in Washington, DC. Even the local police commander got into the act, notifying citizens of the District that a department helicopter was on the case.