World Cup fever has crossed over into the animal kingdom! Watch the latest video released by Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, in which nine rescued cheetah cubs ‘play soccer’ at Ensessakotteh: Born Free’s Wildlife Rescue, Conservation, and Education Centre in Ethiopia. "It is amazing to be able to give these cubs a safe, active environment,” explains Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and acting CEO of the Born Free Foundation. "All of the cheetahs currently being cared for by our rescue center in Ethiopia were rescued from the illegal wildlife trade.”
Commenting on Charla Nash's appeal to Congress, Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and Wildlife Extra columnist, said: “Charla’s story highlights a truth that cannot be ignored; these wild animals belong in the wild, not in someone’s home. This is an animal welfare and a public safety issue, where animals and people are being severely injured and killed. Charla Nash represents tragedy--but also resilience..."
Link: Wildlife Extra News
Charla Nash, who underwent one of the world's first face transplants in 2011, spoke to reporters with Connecticut Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy by her side, along with Born Free USA and the Humane Society of the United States. She then met with congressional staffers, calling for passage of Captive Primate Safety Act. The measure was actually passed by the House in 2009, but failed to gain support in the Senate. "Had this law been in effect, this would never have happened, and I don't want something like this to ever happen to anyone else ever again," Nash, 60, told staffers in the meeting at the Capitol.
Link: The News Times
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With a heightened level of continental assault on elephants, prices for ivory skyrocketing, and wildlife law enforcement officers struggling to keep pace with the greedy perpetrators of wildlife crime, this is no time to tinker around the edges and equivocate about dealing definitively with the bloody ivory trade.
Link: One Green Planet
The ‘Cheetah World Cup’ has been a real success. The rescued cheetahs at Born Free’s Ensessakoteh Wildlife Center loved the game and it was a great opportunity for exercise. All of the cheetahs were rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. “Young cubs are stolen from the wild by criminals, and then pass through the hands of dealers, often on the way to the Middle East to become exotic pets on a chain,” says Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and the acting CEO of the Born Free Foundation. “These rescued cheetahs are the lucky ones.”
The issue of bringing an elephant to the Bourbonnais Friendship Festival is a lot bigger than one elephant in one town. "More and more people are seeing that these temporary shows, performances, and petting zoos are a thing of the past that shouldn't include elephants or other exotic animals," said Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA. "People are in an uproar about it."
Link: The Daily Journal
"Besides terrorist groups, corrupt military units and militias operating across Africa sell [ivory] to cartels that, in turn, sell mostly to Asian markets," Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA told WhoWhatWhy. Nor is it a new phenomenon, he said: The Janjaweed militias that were active in Sudan’s Darfur conflict have smuggled ivory across Central Africa for decades.