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 International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the self-professed world’s largest professional global conservation network and a forum for governments, non-governmental organizations, scientists, business and local communities to meet the challenges facing conservation.
I long for a time when CITES decisions and national enforcement on the ground are sufficient to provide a safety net that allows wild tiger populations to recover and tiger poachers and tiger parts profiteers to be deterred from plying their deadly trade.
The great work of the Last Great Ape Organization continues.
Last week my friend, and fellow friend of animals, Ofir Drori reported from Cameroon that three more suspected ivory traders had been arrested. This is another victory against the illegal wildlife trade — 24 tusks, mostly from young elephants, were confiscated — and every strike against the ivory trade is worth celebrating.
Unlike salmon fishing in the Yemen, lion farming is very real, as reported by The Guardian on Monday. Pictured are two of six pregnant African lionesses waiting in a concrete cage for their soon-to-be-born cubs to be snatched away and shipped off to the Middle East, destined for lives as "trophy pets" in private collections.
Did you hear the news that Iran successfully sent a live monkey into space? Round trip, that is, as part of the country’s nascent space program? Tehran claimed the accomplishment last Monday (Jan. 28) and mainstream media outlets reported the news as fact.
Well, now there are doubts whether the monkey survived. Or even if there was a monkey sent into space at all.
I have just viewed three remarkable online videos. They total less than five minutes, but what they have to say about African elephants — and the assault they continue to face — should resound across the world for as long as it takes to completely stop the bloody ivory trade.
Nine days ago the Indianapolis Colts had a home game against Houston. The halftime entertainment was a monkey riding on the back of a dog who was herding sheep.
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A media report predictably embraced the stunt as cute and funny. Watch the video with a sober eye, however, and you might notice how the monkey, strapped so tightly atop the dog that he was immobile, came within inches of having his head bashed by the side of a wooden hurdle. That, or any fall and tumble by the running dog, presumably would have seriously injured or even killed the monkey.
What a cruel, stupid stunt. Shame on the Colts.
Last week in Ohio, a federal judge upheld the state’s recently enacted restrictions on the private possession of exotic animals.
The ruling wasn’t issued on Christmas morning, and because it was warranted it didn’t feel like a gift, exactly, but nevertheless it brought joy to my world.