Born Free USA Blog
by Adam M Roberts,
Chief Executive Officer
When it comes to animals, Adam Roberts not only talks the talk, but also walks the walk. Since beginning his animal advocacy career in Washington, D.C. in 1991, Adam's ambition, tireless involvement, and profound knowledge of conservation and wildlife issues have cemented him as a go-to voice for protecting animals — and he has elevated Born Free USA to the respected and impactful organization that we know today. Adam's compassionate, informed, and forward-thinking blogs will surely motivate you to join us in our fight to Keep Wildlife in the Wild.
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.
Earlier this week the BBC reported that one-third of loggerhead turtles recovered recently from the Adriatic Sea had plastic in their intestines. The presence of such an undissolvable substance in the digestive system can be fatal, and probably was the primary cause of death for some of the shell-encased reptiles.
Manufacturer of Bird Poison Avitrol Goes Out of Business
I can’t help it: I’m always rooting for the underdogs. In our society animals are often the ultimate underdogs. But even among animals, people tend to make distinctions and assumptions that place concerns for one species over another. Often the reason for such bias is unfounded or based in misunderstanding.
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.