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.
A giant step for chimp-kind! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at long last has proposed classifying both wild AND captive chimpanzees as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. This would provide protection to all chimpanzees, including the estimated 2,000 in captivity in America.
President Obama is cancelling plans to go on safari during his upcoming trip to Africa. What?! The President will not only miss out on experiencing the wild power and beauty of African wildlife, but also the opportunity to demonstrate his support for the conservation of these animals and their habitats.
The tragic death of young Sarah McClay of the South Lakes Wild Animals Park in the UK has been weighing on my mind recently. Not long ago, the zoo worker was mauled and killed by a Sumatran tiger. This is only one story of many that we have heard around the world of workers or visitors being maimed or killed by animals in zoos.
Growing up in front of the public can't be easy, and perhaps it gives some a sense of entitlement. But that's no excuse for Justin Bieber to take absence of his common sense. The latest of Bieber's string of escapades involving animals is having his baby capuchin monkey, Mally, confiscated in Germany when he mistakenly thought that he could parade the little critter as part of his entourage. Wrong. German officials jumped on him, asking for proper paperwork to possess the capuchin and when Bieber couldn't oblige, they confiscated little Mally and essentially put him in isolation for two months… until Bieber relinquished ownership last month.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals reached a curious and troubling conclusion when asked to rescind the recent decision to allow grey wolves to be hunted and trapped. The court claimed that the groups had no standing, as their interests were not negatively affected by this law.
I am deeply concerned about the human rights violations in Africa generally and the Central African Republic specifically. Born Free USA has so many wonderful and determined colleagues living throughout Africa who are trying to do exceptional wildlife conservation work in areas that are rife with human suffering and violent conflict.
It's a good time to be a mountain lion in Santa Cruz, California! The Department of Fish and Wildlife, researchers at UC Santa Cruz, and other organizations successfully relocated a mountain lion found in an aqueduct recently. This was one of the first relocations since the establishment of the new state policy of utilizing non-lethal methods when wild animals are found in populated areas. The Department of Fish and Wildlife and the researchers at UCSC deserve congratulations for this important step in learning how to coexist peacefully with our wild neighbors.
I’m delighted to hear that an investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has resulted in an indictment by the Department of Justice for violations of the Endangered Species Act and the Lacey Act in a case involving the sale of two African elephant tusks. The subject of the case, Charles Kokesh, is acknowledged to have imported the tusks into the United States legally from Namibia as his “sport trophies,” but was arrested when he allegedly attempted to sell them to a buyer in Florida.