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 ®.
A few weeks ago a team of paleontologists from the United States and Canada gave us this Mesozoic Era news flash: A careful examination of bones suggests that Tyrannosaurus rex would bite each other. Take that, Donner Party!
Voting Ends Sunday as We Try To Capture $10,000 in both the U.S. and Canada
The Body Shop, with more than 2,500 stores in more than 55 countries, has helped us before, and now it's doing so again by pitting us against two other organizations in an in-store and online popularity vote that ends Sunday. The winner in each country gets $10,000! Please vote now for us in the United States and in Canada — that's right, you can do both!
You would think that after Travis the chimpanzee attacked Charla Nash in Connecticut that every state in the country would immediately prohibit the keeping of chimpanzees and other wild animals as pets. And that the U.S. Congress would follow suit by passing the Captive Primate Safety Act. How many incidents will it take before lawmakers — at all levels of government — act?
“Ethical” ivory? I don’t think so.
Michelle Obama recently was photographed wearing a “mammoth ivory” necklace, from long-deceased animals buried in natural, frozen Siberian graveyards. Let’s face it: She’s still wearing the teeth of a dead elephant (albeit an extinct one).
Hunters often claim to be conservationists. Prove it.
Nevada has an estimated 200 to 300 black bears hugging a small amount of suitable habitat along the eastern Sierra, most being on Lake Tahoe’s eastern shore. By any reasonable standard the species is, at state level, endangered. But sport hunters want to hunt them, and the Nevada Department of Wildlife staff has been directed by the state wildlife commissioners to allow both a spring and fall hunt.
US & EU Soft on Ivory
Just hours after the ivory debates at the CITES conference here in Doha, 24 uncut ivory tusks have been intercepted by the Civil Guard in El Masnou, near Barcelona, Spain.
Spain is currently the President of the European Union, the 27 strong community of nations that holds such sway at CITES meetings. Until yesterday the EU's position on the two pro-trade ivory proposals (one from Tanzania and the other from Zambia) remained largely unknown.
(VIDEO) Doha Delivers for Elephants!
Just minutes before they entered the debating chamber, delegates from the African Elephant Coalition, representing the majority of African elephant range States, were inspired by the huge vote of support from 500,000 people around the world, organized by Born Free and Avaaz
Three hours later, the CITES votes had been cast and delegates had rejected proposals which would have permitted sales of thousands of kilos of stockpiled ivory. The voice of the people and the voice of Africa had been heard loud and clear!
Parties remember "the little guy"
It's not all charismatic megafauna at CITES meetings — the 3,000+ tigers left clinging to survival in the wild; elephants, our largest land mammal, assaulted for their tusks; bluefin tuna, a single specimen of which can yield more than a hundred thousand dollars!
Sometimes the little guy takes center stage — AND WINS!
On Sunday the pet trade took a beating and the frogs and lizards of the world won the day.