West African Manatee Proposal Passes Overwhelmingly
Born Free USA and the Species Survival Network (SSN) congratulate the overwhelming majority of West African manatee range states for the successful approval of a proposal to increase global protection for the West African manatee. The move came today (March 7) during deliberations at the 16th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Bangkok, Thailand.
Born Free USA: ‘Will World Leaders Push Iconic Species to Brink of Extinction or Hand Them a Lifeline at U.N. Wildlife Convention?’
Adam Roberts, executive vice president of Born Free USA, a leader in wildlife conservation and animal welfare, and a board member of Species Survival Network (SSN), warned today, “We are presiding over a slide toward extinction for many of the world’s most iconic species.” Roberts, along with members of the Born Free international team and SSN, will attend the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) March 3 to 14 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Legislation Would Make Outdoor Recreation Safer and Enhance Tourism
Representative Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales (D-Taos) sent a big Valentine’s heart to New Mexico’s wildlife, people and companion animals when last week he introduced the New Mexico Wildlife Protection & Public Safety Act, House Bill 579, which restricts the use of traps and poisons in New Mexico. If passed, the law will curb the cruelty and suffering caused by hidden but dangerous traps and poisons in New Mexico, and elevate human safety for outdoor recreationists.
Born Free USA-Sponsored California Bill Would Ban the Sale of Animals at Swap Meets and Flea Markets
On Feb. 13, 2013, California Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) announced introduction of AB 339. The bill would prohibit the sale of animals at swap meets and flea markets in order to prevent the suffering of animals, protect consumers, and eliminate the public health and safety risks and potential threats of disease outbreaks associated with such sales.
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A coalition of wildlife protection groups, including Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, Help Our Wolves Live and Friends of Animals and Their Environment, filed suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its decision to remove the protections of the Endangered Species Act from gray wolves living in the western Great Lakes region.
A team of international experts and celebrities have been assembled this year to judge the fifth annual Born Free USA Fur Free Fashion Competition (fffashion), where independent fashion designers are invited to enter their fur-free creations for a chance to win prizes, significantly boost their fashion career, be featured in a national magazine, and help promote the ethical and environmental benefits of fur free fashion.
Emmy Award Winning Reporter Mark S. Allen of “Good Day Sacramento” Named Host of Born Free USA Fundraiser
Born Free USA, a national leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, has announced that award-winning television news reporter and anchor Mark S. Allen will host "Born to Ride for Wildlife," a fundraising event from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, at Beatnik Studios in Sacramento, CA (2421 17th St.), which will feature a raffle of a 2013 Harley Davidson Iron 883 Sportster valued at over $8,000.
Born Free USA Creates Special Valentine’s Day Package to Bring Joy and a New ‘Friend’ to Children with Adopt-A-Primate Program
Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary resident Khy, a 4-year-old snow monkey, wants to know, "Will you be my ‘prime mate' for Valentine's Day?" Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, has announced a new primate "adoption" program designed specifically for kids this Valentine’s Day.