Born Free USA Supports Introduction of Bill “Prohibiting Possession of Wild and Exotic Animals” in West Virginia
West Virginia is one of only eight states that lack any substantive restrictions for wild and exotic animals kept by private individuals
Washington, DC -- Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, applauds West Virginia State Senator Bob Beach (D- Monongalia) for introducing S.B. 371 -- “Prohibiting Possession of Wild and Exotic Animals.” The bill seeks to improve animal welfare and protect the public from potentially dangerous exotic animals by enacting stricter regulations on exotic animal ownership. West Virginia is one of only eight states that lack any substantive restrictions for wild and exotic animals kept by private individuals, and Senator Beach’s bill would fix this glaring and dangerous legal oversight.
Wildlife conservation leader is saddened by Namibia's decision and calls for action to oppose any permit application to bring the "trophy" to the U.S.
Washington D.C. -- Today, Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, a national leader in wildlife conservation and animal welfare, released this statement regarding the killing of a black rhino auction in Texas:
“Born Free USA is saddened by Namibia's misguided and short-sighted decision to allow this black rhino hunt to take place. More importantly we will be mobilizing our grassroots supporters nationwide to oppose any permit application to bring the ‘trophy’ back into America.”
Washington, D.C. -- The store and online retailer, groovy (www.groovyshoes.ca), dedicated to unique fashion footwear and accessories for everyone, has just become a member of Born Free USA’s International Fur Free Retailer Program (www.furfreeshopping.com). The announcement was made by Born Free USA and Elaine Martin, owner of groovy.
San Antonio concert brought attention to Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Texas
Washington D.C. -- Rock legends REO Speedwagon hosted a guitar giveaway to support Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, at their concert yesterday, December 15, at the Majestic Theater in San Antonio, Texas. The event raised about $3,000 for the organization, which will be used to care for the animals at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Texas.
An important day to learn more about the plight of all birds, captive and wild
Washington D.C. -- Sunday, January 5 is the 12th anniversary of National Bird Day, when Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, in conjunction with Avian Welfare Coalition, shines a spotlight on issues critical to the protection and survival of birds – captive and wild. The annual campaign focuses on education and action to stop the international trade in wild birds, raises awareness about standards of care for birds who have been adopted as pets, and pushes for a deeper respect and understanding about the plight of all birds.
Bill would prohibit body-gripping traps on National Wildlife Refuges
Washington, DC -- Born Free USA and The Humane Society of the United States, global leaders in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, applaud U.S. Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY) for re-introducing the Refuge From Cruel Trapping Act (H.R. 3513), and urge the bill’s swift passage. H.R. 3513 would ban all body-gripping traps — snare, Conibear, and steel-jaw leghold — from being used or possessed on National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs). This humane legislation addresses the inherent cruelty of body-gripping traps and seeks to ensure that all NWRs are safe havens for wildlife.
Bill will allow certified U.S. sanctuaries to rescue primates from abroad
Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Texas, home to 630 primates, would welcome primates from overseas who need lifetime care
Washington, DC – Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, applauds U.S. Representatives Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) for introducing the Humane Care for Primates Act late yesterday, and urges the bill’s swift passage. The narrowly-crafted humane legislation seeks to correct an oversight in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regulations governing the importation of nonhuman primates (NHPs), which currently prevent certified sanctuaries from saving animals at risk.
Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary aims to collect baby blankets for hundreds of primate residents by end of year
Washington, D.C. -- Born Free USA, a national leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, has announced its "Baby Blankets for Primates" drive, for its Primate Sanctuary in Dilley, Texas. The organization hopes to collect as many baby blankets as possible for its 630 residents -- 22 baboons, three vervets, and more than 600 macaques representing seven different species – by the end of this year. The blankets serve multiple purposes for the primates, providing warmth, comfort, and enrichment.