In the spirit of Halloween, we decided to do something special for the primates to celebrate! You may not know this, but many of the primates here love the taste and texture of raw pumpkin, and pumpkin seeds are an especially delicious and nutritious snack!
I alerted you in June to a fantastic bill that would outlaw the commercialization of shark fins in Massachusetts. “An Act relative to ocean ecology and shark protection” was introduced by Representative Jason Lewis (D-31). It is now making progress with a hearing in the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. We need you to ask your state representative to weigh in in support of this bill – particularly if he or she is on this committee!
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If you live in the LA-area, come see exciting contemporary artists at the 'Wild At Heart II' show in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13. Admission is free and open to the public and includes live painting, a sponsored bar, music and more! Plus, 20% of the sales from the show support Born Free USA. Click here for all the details. Or you can view the show online and purchase artwork here.
It's your last chance to purchase a limited edition 'Crush the Ivory Trade' campaign tee shirt.
There's still time to help gray wolves! The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has proposed to remove the gray wolf from the list of endangered species, which would devastate their slowly recovering populations.
The nine baboon girls continue to settle in to Sanctuary life. Minor disagreements have occurred between some, so we've changed groupings for better cohesiveness.
I am proud to announce that my mother, Virginia McKenna, Founder and Trustee of Born Free, will be presented with a lifetime achievement award at the upcoming Wildlife Conservation Film Festival: New York 2013. Her extensive work for wildlife protection, beginning with her portrayal of Joy Adamson in the 1966 film, “Born Free,” has cemented her as a fixture in the wildlife conservation field. She continues to inspire me every day.
In July, I told you about S.2665, an appalling bill in the New Jersey legislature that would expand trapping opportunities and put countless animals at risk. Now this bill, sponsored by Senator Stephen Sweeney (D-West Deptford Township), has been referred to the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. You have an opportunity to end its progress right here in this committee by convincing the members to vote against it, but we need your help. Our partners in the state have informed us that three out of five senators—Smith (the chairman), Beck, and Whelan—may vote in favor of the measure.
In just one week, I will be in Colorado for a historic event – an ivory crush! The U.S. government is going to pour 25 years’ worth of confiscated elephant ivory – 5.4 tons of wildlife contraband – into a rock crusher and pulverize it, to send a strong message to the world that elephant poaching must stop! Born Free is a global leader in fighting the ivory trade, which is currently claiming some 30,000 elephants per year.
At the ivory crush, I’ll be proudly wearing my BORN FREE USA CRUSH THE IVORY TRADE TEE SHIRT!