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 ®.
Safari Club International, with its offensively hypocritical motto “The leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide,” has not surprisingly come out against our much-needed efforts to have the African lion listed as “endangered” under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
More than a year and a half ago we petitioned the Department of the Interior to list the African lion as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) — a vital effort to stop the population decline that has been hurtling the species toward extinction throughout much of its natural range. Today, the Department has published its notice that our petition may be warranted, opening a new 60-day comment period to receive further information on lion conservation and threats.
Brian and Kerry make our hearts sing!
On Monday night I saw the end of their sell-out ‘The Born Free Tour’ at High Wycombe. On behalf of myself and the entire Born Free staff I would like to say to Brian and Kerry, as well as their entire team — THANK YOU!
Many hunters claim that without them species would disappear, that they are conservationists, that the economics of hunting works.
Maybe they will have to think again.
As reported by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Explorers Journal on Nov. 15, things are changing — in Botswana, at least.
Note: The following blog appeared on the Huffington Post.
The sign is alarming: "CAUTION wolf traps set in the area near roads and trails. Please keep dogs leashed as they will be attracted to the traps and will be caught. Dogs will bite if approached in trap! If dog is caught place jacket over dog's head and compress springs on either side of trap by standing on them to release animal."
Something really exciting happened this week involving the U.S. government. And here I’m referring not to the general election, but to what was said Thursday by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She exhorted the international community to end poaching and the smuggling of exotic animal parts such as elephant ivory and rhinoceros tusks. Unless we find a way to work together to protect such iconic animals, they will be lost to future generations, she said.
An unimaginably horrible thing happened yesterday at the Pittsburgh Zoo. A 2-year-old boy died when he fell into an exhibit of African dogs, 11 of whom “immediately attacked,” police said.
Note: Will wrote this blog for the Born Free Foundation, our organizational cousin in the United Kingdom.
The Chamber of the House of Commons, scene of some of the great political events in British history, witnessed a lively, well-informed and potentially decisive debate this week.
The subject? Whether or not to abandon plans to cull thousands of badgers.