Lions are being ruthlessly destroyed in Africa, where their wild population has plummeted more than 50 percent in the past quarter-century. Poaching, revenge killing and trophy hunting, coupled with habitat loss, conspire to make this a major conservation crisis. Africa without lions? Extinction a real possibility?
Justin Bieber just can't seem to stay out of the animal-exploitation spotlight. This time, for having his 14-week-old capuchin monkey confiscated in late March when he tried to bring her into Germany illegally on his private jet.
While so many of Born Free's high-profile and vital animal protection and wildlife conservation issues involve work saving monkeys in Texas or lions in Ethiopia, we also are extremely active in Canada as leaders in animal issues.
Help reduce the tens of millions of sharks who needlessly die every year by contacting your Assembly member and senator in New York today and urging them to support Assembly Bill 1769a or Senate Bill 1711a, which prohibit the possession, sale, offering for sale, trade or distribution of shark fins.
Last year we debuted Prairie's Fund, to help us feed the dozens of feral felines people have dropped off (uninvited!) here over the years. Although feeding cats is not our core mission at the sanctuary, we value all lives and these wonderful felines are as deserving of "rescue" as are our 630 primate residents.
Born Free USA was there at the 16th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which deliberated in Bangkok for two weeks on some of the most important wildlife conservation issues of our time. We fought to address the rhinoceros and elephant poaching crises, the intensive captive breeding of tigers, commercial logging of endangered tree species, the unsustainable fisheries that consume tens of millions of sharks each year, and so much more.
We must stop the slide toward extinction for many of the world's most iconic species. That is the call to action I am taking to the 16th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which starts Sunday and runs through March 14 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Last year, as you know, we rescued more than 100 macaques from the Wild Animal Orphanage. We think three in particular are great candidates for "adoption." Help us pick a winner by casting your vote before March 1!