Born Free USA Blog
I have just read that the Auckland Zoo in New Zealand is closing its gates for a day as staff bemoan the loss of a 40-year-old Asian elephant named Kashin.
On Thursday, August 13, I visited a small, private roadside zoo that is dedicated to the art of falconry. “Art” is what it is called. As a bird artist* who has admired and thrilled to avian predators all his life, I find it hard to see them tethered to perches or held in cages most of their lives, trained to amuse their masters, called “art.”
Animal activists are a special breed. We are people motivated by a strong desire to defend the helpless. We are exposed to animal issues on many levels — be they direct or indirect. Whether they are escapes of exotic wild creatures or cases of gut-wrenching animal cruelty and neglect — they frequently elicit a wide range of reactions from the general public.
A very warm thank you to Christine Bowers, Don Roberts, Michelle Palmer, Tiffany Newcomer, & Mona Bowers for all their hard work on their Monkey Business party. Together they worked with local businesses, media, neighbors, friends, and family to raise $1,500 for Joey and his friends at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary.
While we mostly focus on exotic and captive wildlife here at Born Free USA, every now and then a story comes along outside our normal realm of work that is so shocking, we just cannot ignore it. Last week’s horrifying story was the revelation of the Petland employee who drowned two rabbits at the Akron, OH store.
Question: Is a fur coat really more environmentally friendly than a fake one?
A recent podcast by the Association of Avian Veterinarians was recently brought to my attention by a colleague and parrot behavior expert in the UK who was appalled by the information presented about keeping parrots as pets.