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!
We’re thrilled to announce the arrival of nine new baboons to the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley, Texas! These female baboons, ages 13 to 23, were just retired from a laboratory research program. Pearl, Missy, Chloe, April, Friendly, Spicey, Brooke, Kennedy, and Lulu join 13 other baboons, 4 vervets, and more than 600 macaques at the Sanctuary. You can see pictures here and video here and here!
Yan Fong, Second Place winner of Born Free USA's 2011 Fur Free Fashion Competition (fffashion), is showing her Spring 2014 collection at Portland's FashioNXT under the brand name Yane Mode. Born Free USA members are invited to see Yane Mode's dazzling and compassionate designs parade down the runway — while helping animals at the same time!
Margaret Green is running for Born Free USA in the 20th Annual Direct Edge Newport Liberty Half Marathon in Jersey City, NJ on September 22!
The good news from California just keeps coming! Two important bills have just passed the Senate, and are soon headed to Governor Brown's desk. We've kept him busy with our compassionate bills recently, and our efforts have been successful so far. Now, we need to keep up the momentum!
Will you adopt one of the monkeys at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary? Don't worry; no real monkeys will show up on your doorstep! But, Carly, Joey, Khy, Mig, Grinch, and Nala are counting on you.