Rescued from death’s door and the confines of a filthy festering swimming pool in Hisaronu, Turkey, nearly two years of careful care and preparation finally reached a stunning climax this week when the gate to their sea pen was opened for the first time and two dolphins were released.
Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, is working with the New York State Legislature to pass a bill to protect the public from potentially dangerous exotic animals by enacting stricter regulations on exotic animal ownership.
Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, is urging Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie to sign House Bill 2296, sponsored by state Representative Jessica Wooley (D-Laie, Hauula, Kahaluu and Kaneoh), that would protect bears on the mainland and abroad by prohibiting the commercial trade in bear gallbladders and bile in Hawaii. The initiative, which was also championed in the Senate by Judiciary Chairman Clayton Hee (D-Kahuku, La'ie, Ka'a'awa and Kane'ohe), passed its final floor reading in the Hawaii Legislature on April 23, 2012.
Born Free USA, a national leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for setting an illegal leghold trap in the Cleveland Park area of Washington, DC, that resulted in a raccoon suffering tremendously and losing his life. The reward is being added to an existing $1,000 reward being offered by the Washington Humane Society (WHS) who uncovered this horrific case.
Born Free USA, a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, estimates that for every targeted animal trapped by commercial and recreational trappers across the United States, an estimated two non-targeted animals are caught — often family cats and dogs. Such traps are set to fuel the cruel fur industry, while others are set by those who mistakenly believe a trap can solve a wildlife “nuisance” situation.
Born Free USA is calling on public leaders on Earth Day, April 22, to protect the environment from a problem of increasing magnitude: the private ownership of exotic animals. As a national leader on animal protection and wildlife conservation, Born Free USA is working to halt the epidemic of wild animals as “pets” and the deep impact keeping wildlife in captivity has on conservation by spearheading efforts to preserve wildlife’s rightful place in the wild.
The neighborhood just got a bit more wild. Local painter and mural artist Alex “Cabron” Forster is working on a new mural entitled “El Tigre” on a 17-foot-by-85-foot exterior wall at the office of Born Free USA on the corner of S and 12th streets in downtown Sacramento. The original, dramatic image of a tiger’s face looking between the bars of a cage was created by Cabron exclusively for Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation.
Born Free USA, the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund commend U.S. Reps. Michael Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., for introducing H.R. 4306, the Captive Primate Safety Act, which amends the Lacey Act to prohibit interstate commerce in monkeys, apes and other nonhuman primates for the exotic pet trade.