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Adam M Roberts

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.


The Benefit of the Doubt

Published 03/17/10

What is it with people appointed to "look after the interests of animals in international trade"?

It seems that whatever the evidence, it always ends up being about what people want, not what animals and species need. CITES can be a bit like that.

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(VIDEO) Wildlife Law Enforcement Heroes

Published 03/17/10

On Monday night the Species Survival Network (SSN), a global coalition of 82 organizations working on wildlife trade issues under CITES, held its Reception to honor the recipients of the 2010 Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards. These awards, named for the pioneering Chief of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service's Division of Law Enforcement, recognize outstanding achievements "on the ground" protecting wildlife.

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(VIDEO) The Death of Diplomacy?

Published 03/14/10

In an extraordinary, unprecedented, and quite undiplomatic start to CITES CoP 15, a delegate from Botswana moved during plenary to have Proposal 6 removed from the Agenda. This proposal, submitted by Ghana, Mali, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Congo Brazzaville and Liberia, seeks to prevent further ivory trading and maintain the current level of CITES protection for elephants for the next 20 years.

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A Call to Action

Published 03/13/10

The 15th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES officially opened this afternoon in Doha, with thousands of delegates spread throughout the Doha Sheraton Conference Center.

The opening ceremony, filled with ceremonial music and dance, included speeches from the Qatar Minister of the Environment, Abdullah bin Aaboud al-Midhad, the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, Achim Steiner, and the Secretary-General of CITES, Willem Wijnstekers.

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1 Day until CITES

(VIDEO) CITES on the Horizon ...

Published 03/12/10

We have arrived safely in Doha, Qatar for the 15th CITES meeting and the whispering in the halls has begun.

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Ivory on Our Doorstep

California Resident Buys Ivory

Published 02/02/10

Thai authorities recently indicted two key suspects in an international ivory trafficking operation. One suspect, arrested in Bangkok in November 2009, has been charged with violating US Federal smuggling statutes as it appears that some of the ivory was sold to an individual in Montclair, CA.

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Has Michael Vick Seen the Light?

Published 08/14/09

The news that Michael Vick has been rehabilitated into the sports world is certainly controversial. But the question on the mind of all those who care about animals is: Has he truly seen the light and put his previous — and terrible — behavior behind him? Will he now be the animals’ champion instead of nemesis? Only time will tell.

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Dallas Zoo — Give Jenny the elephant a break!

Published 05/06/09

Without a doubt there is one policy that all the prospective Dallas City Council Members (including those seeking to be newly elected to office this week) can and should unite over.

The future of Jenny, the elephant at the Dallas Zoo.

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