Born Free USA Blog
Barry Kent MacKay, Senior Program Associate
Sadistic thugs and the USDA are birds of a blood-stained feather
Last weekend more than 100 people convened at Prospect Park, Brooklyn, which had suddenly become devoid of Canada Geese. Those citizens had learned, and were justifiably outraged by, the fact that on July 8 the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) had rounded up some 400 trusting geese, bound them with plastic ties like so many criminals, and then forced them to breathe in lethal doses of carbon dioxide. All of this was done in secrecy, without consultation and without consideration of other means of reducing the goose population, or even if there was a justifiable need to do so.
12 more wild horses die during a recent Nevada roundup!
News arrived yesterday afternoon that Judge Larry Hicks of the US District Court in Nevada issued a restraining order immediately stopping the gather of wild horses for the three herds of Owyhee, Little Humboldt, and Rocky Creek located on 455,000 acres in northwest Elko County. A hearing is scheduled for today.
News reached us this morning that the Dallas Zoo's plans to add three zebras to its Giants of the Savanna exhibit hit a wall, literally, Saturday morning. A 1 1/2 year-old male Grant's Zebra died after being startled and running into a wall, breaking his neck.
Sad news. Tony, the patriarch tiger of the San Francisco zoo, was humanely euthanized last week. Tony lived at the zoo since 1993. He was 18 years-old, weighed 400 pounds and was according to reports the second oldest male Siberian tiger in North America. Astoundingly, there are only a few hundred Siberian tigers remaining in the world.
We had a community service assignment at my school. I wanted to do something fun and unique, and I knew I wanted to help animals. I love drawing, and I have always cared about animal welfare. (I've been a vegetarian since I was seven.) So I asked Born Free if I could make a brochure for them on animals in the circus.
Born Free USA just celebrated its 2nd Annual "Keep Wildlife in the Wild Week", profuse with messages and advice about how to preserve and protect wild creatures in their native habitats. Friday, June 25, marked the first anniversary of the death of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. And, if you are a Michael Jackson fan, I'm sure you knew about Bubbles, his famous chimpanzee.
I was really glad to hear that the California Fur labeling bill AB 1656 continues to fly through the California legislature with a high level of support — the bill recently passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and now moves on to the Senate Floor for a vote.
We’re all familiar with that statement but it takes on a different meaning with respect to Monday’s long and impassioned hearing before the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors regarding severe, pending budget cuts to the County Animal Shelter’s budget. Since we made you aware of this situation just a few days ago in an urgent Action Alert, concerned animal lovers responded and Monday, many went before the Supervisors, pleading for no further budget cuts to an already severely-challenged budget. The volunteer force that assists this shelter is truly remarkable and is the “village” required to help address the problem of unwanted animals. But caring for animals is part of what a civilized society does and to expect this shelter to be operated solely by volunteers is unrealistic.