Born Free USA Blog
Recently authorities in Cameroon Africa intercepted more than 1,000 endangered African Grey parrots captured in the wild and destined for the international pet trade.
Imagine a zoo allowing its visitors to routinely hug their big cats. As mind-blowing as that may sound, it actually occurs on regular basis at a well-known zoo in Argentina. The Lujan Zoo, located just outside the capital city of Buenos Aires, boasts of amazing encounters with iconic species such as lions, tigers, and bears. Pictures are displayed of people sitting on top of a lion, wrapping their arms around fully-grown tigers, and swinging bear cubs by their back legs! It is inconceivable that a zoo would place visitors in such peril.
I was heartened to hear about the recent rescue of 19 bears from a bear bile farm in Vietnam.
Victory in the courts cost cat-owner his life
Six years ago, in court, Norman Buwalda emerged victorious against a challenge to his interests.
Earlier this month, that victory cost Buwalda, age 66, his life.
In mid-December, authorities in Texas staged a mass seizure of thousands of exotic animals crammed into unimaginable living conditions at U.S. Global Exotics in Arlington, a suburb of Fort Worth. U.S. Global Exotics is a major importer of exotic reptiles and mammals for the pet trade, supplying pet shops around the globe, including U.S. pet shop chains Petland, Petco, and PETsMART.
An African immigrant residing in New York was sentenced recently to probation for smuggling monkey meat into the U.S. back in 2006 — quite a relaxed punishment and undermining message to send the public for such an abominable crime.
How excited am I about the upcoming art show “A Cry for Help” featuring more than 100 artists’ works inspired plight of animals?
Last week a lioness and 8 tigers died while traveling through Siberia in a Russian traveling circus ironically called “Dream.”