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Why Saving Africa’s Elephants Matters More Than You Ever Imagined

Published 07/10/14

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


World's Fastest Cats Have their Own World Cup

Published 07/09/14

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.”

Link: Parade


Facebook Makes Elephant Disappear

Published 07/09/14

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


Tusks for Terrorists: Ivory, Elephant Poaching, and the War on Terror

Published 07/08/14

"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.

Link: WhoWhatWhy


The Inspiration of the Wild

Published 07/07/14

Born Free’s mission of “compassionate conservation” has inspired the participation of millions of people worldwide from all walks of life, including celebrity film stars to local businessmen. Littlegate Publishing recently caught up with Adam M. Roberts, the recently appointed and highly engaging CEO of Born Free USA and acting CEO of the Born Free Foundation.

Link: Littlegate Publishing

New York State Senate Passes Bill to Halt Eradication of Mute Swans

Published 07/03/14

The New York state Senate unanimously passed legislation that grants the large white birds a two-year reprieve from a state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) plan to eradicate them in New York by 2025. The bill would also require the DEC to demonstrate that the birds are actually damaging the environment before moving ahead with eradication efforts.

Link: New York Daily News


Pressure Mounts to Protect Wildlife in Trade at Upcoming International Wildlife Meeting

Published 07/01/14

Citizens from all 180 nations represented at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) will monitor the upcoming deliberations of the CITES Standing Committee in Geneva (July 7 - 11, 2014), where decision-makers and politicians will meet to debate the future of some of the planet’s most threatened species. According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and acting CEO of Born Free Foundation, “CITES delegates have an amazing opportunity in Geneva to address the issues of endangered species conservation – the startling statistics of the wildlife trade will surely make anyone’s blood run cold.”

Link: Talkin’ Pets

Northern California Man Fined for Poaching, Skinning 60 Bobcats, Foxes

Published 06/30/14

A Northern California man has pleaded guilty to illegally poaching 60 bobcats and gray foxes for their pelts, snaring them in traps he set over 900 square miles in two counties, officials said.

Link: Los Angeles Times

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