Born Free USA Blog
So many people across the country have a hometown zoo. Mine in Washington, DC, about which I’ve written before, is rather dreadful. I had high hopes for what I might find in Sacramento when I visited our head office there this month.
High hopes dashed.
With the pet food recalls of 2008 still fresh in the minds of many animal lovers, many are still agonizing over what to feed their animal companions.
You’ve got to admit there is something a bit tragically comical in all the high-tech equipment, camouflage, duck calls, decoys, robo ducks etc, that duck hunters use to outsmart the humble, peaceful duck.
As I begin writing this blog, I am reminded of the old ABC television montage for weekend sports programming that featured the late Jim McKay declaring in voice-over, “The thrill of victory! The agony of defeat!”
Today, I feel like the part of the montage featuring victories! On Sunday, December 7, Team Elsa successfully completed the California International Marathon relay — and not without a bit of transportation drama, a late start, cold weather, and gray skies to boot.
“We trappers do cause pain and suffering to animals and apologize to no one.” Reading this sentence makes my blood pressure rise. This comment is a trapper’s reaction to someone whose family dog was caught and killed in a trap. This man displays no empathy, no remorse. Instead, he just acts as if he’s entitled.
We told them so ...
Eighteen years ago I tried to help conservationists seeking to provide some level of protection for the Bluefin Tuna by having it listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES). We were, quite simply, concerned by the obvious and precipitous decline in populations of these magnificent fish.
International wildlife trade is big business for the poachers and profiteers who exploit wild animals — to the death — and then sell their parts or products made from them to thoughtless buyers across the globe.
Trying to come up with a creative gift for that person who has everything? Or maybe a “green” gift for that person who doesn’t want to clutter their life with more “stuff”? Well then, why not consider the gift of adoption? Adopting one of the amazing monkeys from the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary is a great gift for pretty much anyone.