Born Free USA Blog
by Will Travers,
Chief Executive Officer
What can you say about a big-hearted bloke who has rescued dolphins, tigers, elephants and more and whose parents once helped a lion cub from a department store by caring for him in their backyard and engineering his rightful return to Africa? You can safely say that he's got great animal instincts! In 1984, Will Travers joined his parents — "Born Free" film stars Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers — to form what became The Born Free Foundation. With knowledge, passion and compassion dripping from his every word, Will's blogs are sure to make you embrace our crusade to Keep Wildlife in the Wild ®.
You all know the details because the Born Free USA team has shared them with you before: Bears are forced to perform in circuses; they are forced to live behind zoo bars; they are enticed with bait and shot like “sitting ducks”; they are chased with dogs to make the kill easier for the hunter; they are poached in the wild for their gallbladders and paws; and they are crammed into tiny cages in Asia to be milked for their bile.
So now it’s not enough to see elephants in small, unnatural enclosures: A handful of zoos, including the Orange County Zoo in Southern California, want to offer elephant rides!
I just happened across Thanksgivingworld.com. Rather than exploring things to be thankful for, the website glorifies the U.S. holiday’s traditional meal, offering turkey recipes, Thanksgiving jokes, how best to carve a turkey, and even Thanksgiving poetry, including “Mr. Turkey,” sung to the tune of the childhood classic “Are You Sleeping”:
I’m riding in a big old bus full of delegates to the high-level segment of the Global Tiger Forum Summit.
Heavy snow. Police escort.
North Korea has just fired on a South Korean island. It’s all over the news.
Will it blow tigers off the agenda of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, our host, and the other international leaders and heads of state due to meet this afternoon?
Albert Einstein once said, “The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking. ... If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.”
Although not perhaps on Einstein’s level, each of us has done something with a positive result in mind, only to have the well-intentioned something explode in our faces. Some medicines, for example, can cause horrific side effects.
One step at a time. That’s how Born Free USA achieves many of our victories for animals. We start down a path, we press firmly onward, we stay focused and we cross that finish line with heads held high.
In 2010, the fur fashion industry has taken some hard hits, and we at Born Free USA have no problem piling on.
We Can Help Preserve an All-American Species
There is a good chance you haven’t heard of Cryptobranchids, and a pretty good chance you don’t know what a hellbender is, but you should. It’s an American specialty and it needs our help.