On May 14, 2014, Belton Paul Mouras, Sr. passed away in his home at the age of ninety. In 1968, Mr. Mouras founded Animal Protection Institute, which became Born Free USA in 2007. We respectfully acknowledge a man who gave so much to create the animal protection organizations that we have today.
Link: The Sacramento Bee
After a petition on Change.org garnered more than 20,000 signatures, Taco Bell has agreed to stop offering discounts on tickets to SeaWorld. Though the change won’t come until September, a Taco Bell spokesman confirmed that the fast-food chain has “no future plans for promotions” with the marine mammal park.
Link: The Dodo
Several populations of African lions face imminent danger of extinction due to trophy hunting, loss of habitat and prey species, commercial trade, retaliatory killings, and other human-caused factors. Want to help spread the message that lions are endangered? Born Free USA has teamed up once again with FLOAT Apparel to launch the “Endangered” campaign with limited-edition t-shirts! For each shirt sold, FLOAT will donate $8 to Born Free USA. Act now; they're only available until Monday, May 26 at 12:00pm EDT!
Like many terrorist organizations in Africa, Boko Haram—who just abducted 200 girls in Nigeria—is funded by sales of illegal ivory. According to a recent report from Born Free USA and data analyst C4ADS, ivory has become the "bush currency" militants, terrorists, and rebels use to buy weapons and fund operations. Government corruption is thought to play its part, too.
Link: New Scientist
OR-7, a long-wandering wolf, left his pack in northeast Oregon and traveled to California to seek new territory—and a mate. Now, it seems he may have met his match. If he has procreated, this would be the first known wolf breeding in the Oregon Cascades since the early 1900s.
Four elephants are killed in Africa every hour for ivory. Highly organized transnational crime syndicates and militias run the poaching operations and reap the lion’s share of the profits, fueling terrorism and war. Born Free USA commissioned C4ADS to write Ivory’s Curse, a detailed report that reveals the complexities of this web of slaughter, conflict, and corruption.
Link: New Scientist
Learn about Born Free—and the importance of protecting wildlife—with an educational, inspirational DVD. “Elsa’s Legacy: The Born Free Story” is a 60-minute, one disc DVD that was featured on PBS’s “Nature” series in January 2011. It's a story that simply must be told, and it sends a warning roar across the airwaves that we are perilously close to losing the world’s wild places and wild animals.
South Dakota game officials are pushing to outlaw the use of live mammals—including domestic cats, rabbits, and birds—as bait to trap coyotes and bobcats. Luckily, representatives from trapping and fur-harvesting organizations agree. The South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Commission proposed a ban this month, and a public hearing on the proposal is set for June 5.
Link: Rapid City Journal