Please join Born Free USA in urging NBC not to feature an endangered Moluccan cockatoo on its show "The Voice" as a pet and onscreen companion for Cee Lo Green. As a supporter of Born Free USA you know that wildlife should remain in the wild. Help us explain to NBC that our mission includes birds and in particular parrots, especially those who are extremely difficult to care for in captivity and whose survival in the wild is directly threatened by the pet trade.
At the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary, each individual animal matters. Located on 186 acres about 70 miles south of San Antonio, TX, the sanctuary provides a safe, permanent home for more than 500 nonhuman primates, many of whom were rescued from abusive situations in research facilities, roadside zoos or private possession.
Across the United States, millions of exotic animals are kept captive in people's homes. The trade in exotic animals is a multibillion-dollar industry, and exotic animals are bred, sold and traded in large numbers. But these animals — including, among other species, lions, tigers, cougars, wolves, bears, monkeys, alligators and venomous snakes and other reptiles — pose grave dangers to human health and safety. By their very nature, exotic animals are unpredictable and are incapable of being domesticated or tamed.
Animals are abused and exploited in a variety of forms of "entertainment." In zoos, all manner of wild animals are trapped for life in environmentally, psychologically and socially depriving enclosures. In circuses, elephants, lions, tigers and other animals are sentenced to a lifetime of misery in order to provide a few moments of unnatural human amusement. In marine parks, dolphins and orcas are trapped in cement pools, forced to perform demeaning tricks. On movie and TV show sets, animals are used as involuntary "props" to sell products and services.
Each year, millions of furbearing animals are killed in the name of "nuisance wildlife control" and millions more are killed for "fashion." Indiscriminate body-crushing traps lead to an excutiating end to animals slaughtered for the fur on their backs. Traps also injure and kill domestic animals and pose risks to people as well.
We need your help to defeat a bill that flies in the face of true conservation: "The Cormorant Management and Natural Resources Act" (H.R. 3074). Introduced by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), the bill would amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to allow states to kill large populations of double-crested cormorants (DCCOs) mainly because of the misguided belief that they are "eating all the fish."
We have some wonderful news to share with you about Tom and Misha, a pair of bottlenose dolphins Born Free rescued from a Turkish resort's polluted pool nearly two years ago. We've been rehabilitating them ever since in a sea pen in the Aegean Sea — until, that is, last week, when we opened the pen's door and away Tom and Misha swam, back into the wild!
Born Free USA Senior Program Associate Monica Engebretson joined colleagues from Trap Free New Mexico on an eight-city swing to highlight the dangers associated with trapping on lands. "The Troubles with Trapping" tour's goal was to raise awareness, capture the attention of decision-makers and move New Mexico a step closer to having trap-free public lands.