Born Free USA, Leader in Wildlife Conservation, Applauds Legislation to Ban Traps that Kill Wildlife and Put Non-Targeted Animals and Humans at Risk
Born Free USA, a national leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, congratulates Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) for introducing legislation to ban the use of body-gripping traps within federally protected wildlife refuges.
Ivory to Go Up in Smoke: Elephant Poaching Escalates
Manyani, Tsavo West National Park, Kenya — In an effort to draw the world’s attention to the impact of poaching on Africa’s elephants, the Lusaka Agreement Task Force will host the burning of 5 tons of seized ivory in Tsavo National Park on Wednesday (July 20, 2011).
The ivory, which originated in Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania, was confiscated during a notorious 2002 seizure in Singapore.
Animal Welfare Groups Support Legislation to Protect Primates and People from Dangerous and Inhumane Trade
The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund and Born Free USA commend Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., David Vitter, R-La., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., for introducing S. 1324, the Captive Primate Safety Act, to prohibit interstate commerce of monkeys, apes and other nonhuman primates in the exotic pet trade.
Join Ricky Gervais, Florence Henderson and other Stars in Advancing the Cause!
Born Free USA’s third annual Keep Wildlife in the Wild Week, June 20-24, is designed to encourage people to protect wild animals in their own backyards and around the globe. The official weeklong “call to action” (supported by celebrities such as Ricky Gervais) includes advice, educational tools and online activities to engage adults and children to become more aware and protective of animals in the wild.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011, marked the passing of the 90-day deadline for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make its initial response to a petition seeking protection for African lions under the Endangered Species Act. The petition was filed on March 1 by a coalition of wildlife groups including Born Free USA/Born Free Foundation, Defenders of Wildlife and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
Born Free USA Petitions State’s Game Commission to Change Animal Trapping Regulations
On May 10, 2011, Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, petitioned the Pennsylvania Game Commission to prohibit the use of body-gripping and Conibear traps by animal trappers on public lands, and to prohibit the use of cable restraints (“snares”) altogether. The petition also asks that trappers be required to employ an efficient and less-cruel method of killing trapped animals; to report the number and type of non-targeted animals caught by traps (often cats and dogs); and for traps to be checked at least once every 24 hours.
Born Free USA Asks People to Help Birds on Earth Day
Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, aims to foster a greater understanding and appreciation for the important role all wildlife play in maintaining ecosystem health and species diversity. Birds, in particular, are a sentinel species whose plight serves as a barometer of eco-health and as an alert system for detecting global environmental ills.
Organization Urging Lawmakers to Stop the Commercial Trade in Bear Gallbladders and Bile
Throughout the United States, American black bears are killed for their gallbladders and bile. New York is home to 6,000 to 7,000 black bears and is one of only five states that allow the free trade in bear gallbladders and bile. Born Free USA has helped draft a landmark bill introduced Monday (Assembly Bill 6291/Senate Bill 3858) that would protect bears from poaching and profiteering by prohibiting the commercial trade in bear gallbladders and bile in New York state.