Are you sweltering this week, too? The drought at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary continues but our monkey residents keep cool by swimming in their ponds and napping in the shade of the mesquite trees.
Trapping is an outdated and inhumane practice, but luckily the California state legislature has passed a bill to improve euthanasia practices for trapped animals! We have an opportunity to advocate for wildlife and tell the governor to uphold the legislature's decision and sign this important law.
There is an appalling bill moving quickly through the New Jersey legislature that would expand trapping opportunities and put countless animals at risk. S2665 threatens to remove the statutory 200 permit limit for trapping beavers. It is already permissible to kill 1,000 beavers every year, which is half of New Jersey's entire beaver population! An increase in legal trapping limits is unnecessary and threatens to decimate beaver numbers in the state.
On June 20th the Nevada County Fair Board heard from concerned county residents and animal protection representatives about the dangers and cruelty inherent in elephant rides. Despite majority opposition, the board upheld its contract with Have Trunk Will Travel, an organization that has been documented mistreating elephants.
Thanks to your efforts, the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act (H.R. 1998) is causing quite a stir here on Capitol Hill. With 50 co-sponsors and counting, this commonsense piece of legislation is garnering much-needed attention — but we can't let up on the pressure now. We need your help to ensure that this bill receives a hearing in the House Natural Resources Committee, so please ask your U.S. representative to co-sponsor the bill today.
The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has launched an attack on the endangered gray wolf that threatens to decimate its slowly recovering populations. FWS has published a proposal to remove gray wolves from the list of endangered species, and we must speak out against this travesty.
Become a Tiger Tracker and "track" wild tigers in India daily using specially developed software that identifies individual animals through their unique stripe patterns. Born Free USA applauds the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to protect all chimpanzees, wild and captive alike. Born Free Foundation is on the ground in Burkina Faso, fighting against the poachers who slaughter the country's elephants for their precious ivory.
We are closer than ever to banning the sale of shark fins in Massachusetts, and you have an opportunity to help pass this important piece of legislation! "An Act relative to ocean ecology and shark protection", introduced by Representative Jason Lewis (D-31), would outlaw the commercialization of shark fins. It is currently awaiting a hearing in the House Committee on Rules. We need you to speak out now in support of this crucial bill.