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African Wildlife Is in Trouble, and Only Africans Can Save It

Richard Schiffman | Posted 09.24.2014 | Green
Richard Schiffman

If the animals can be induced to stay where they belong, and the people can be convinced that they are no longer a threat, then peace can break out. I saw this happen in Tanzania, where the Living Wall project builds unbreachable fences that keep lions away from livestock.

You Can Take the Monkey Out of the Wild, But You Can't Take the Wild Out of the Monkey

Will Travers | Posted 03.24.2014 | Green
Will Travers

Today I received a message from Tim Ajax, the Director of our Primate Sanctuary in Dilley Texas. Tim oversees the over 600 primates residing at the 1...

Real Conservation or Just Rhino Slaughter for Sport?

Will Travers | Posted 03.20.2014 | Green
Will Travers

Fewer than 5,000 black rhinos remain in the wild. They need our urgent aid: not a hunter's bullet. This is not real conservation; this is rhino slaughter for sport.

Wild Birds Should Fly Free: National Bird Day Puts Our Winged Friends on Center Stage

Will Travers | Posted 02.24.2014 | Green
Will Travers

Overproduction and promotion of parrots and other exotic birds has resulted in an influx of unwanted, abused, and abandoned birds in shelters and rescue facilities across the U.S.

Crush the Ivory Trade

Will Travers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Will Travers

I applaud the United States government for taking this bold and very public step to show the world that only elephants should wear ivory.

Pet Snakes Are Constricting Our Public Safety

Will Travers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Will Travers

In the summer of 2013 alone, deadly pet snakes were on the loose in Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Wisconsin after escaping from their owners. The statistics speak for themselves. When will the public listen?

Safe Trails for All

Will Travers | Posted 01.13.2013 | Green
Will Travers

Today, an increasing number of states are implementing regulations reduce the risks of indiscriminate body-gripping traps, we hope this trend continues.

Better Late Than Never for Minnesota Dolphins

Will Travers | Posted 09.16.2012 | Green
Will Travers

More than a decade ago we expressed concern about the zoo's acquisition of two dolphins from South Africa. We asked the zoo to instead consider phasing out the captive dolphin display. We are thrilled to see that the zoo may finally be heeding our advice.

Cee Lo Green's Cockatoo Exploitation

Will Travers | Posted 08.29.2012 | Green
Will Travers

By showing a cockatoo perched on a celebrity's shoulder, NBC is giving viewers the mistaken impression that these animals make good pets -- or that they should be pets at all.

Ohio Doing Right by Animals

Will Travers | Posted 08.06.2012 | Green
Will Travers

No one should be allowed ever to "own" a wild animal. Wildlife belong in the wild and no one should ever put the animals or the public at risk by trying to confine them in a zoo, circus, backyard or home.

Canary in a Coal Mine? A Day to Save the Birds....

Will Travers | Posted 03.04.2012 | Green
Will Travers

Let us take one day out of the year -- January 5 -- to consider the birds in our backyards and their cousins flying free from Anguilla (whose national bird, by the way, is the Turtle Dove) to Zimbabwe (whose national bird is the African Fish Eagle).

Where's the Justice? Ohio Animal Frenzy Leads to Hapless Killing.

Millie Kerr | Posted 12.20.2011 | Impact
Millie Kerr

Only 21 of the United States fully ban the private ownership of big cats, a peculiar fact when you consider that even domestic pet owners who knowingly possess dangerous animals subject themselves to legal liability.

PHOTOS: Anti-Fur Fashion Show Winners Prove 'Compassion Is In Fashion'

Posted 10.16.2011 | Green

Born Free USA announced this month the winners of its third annual “fffashion” competition. The fur-free fashion show highlighted the works of eme...

Primates as "Pets"? Not on Your Life

Will Travers | Posted 09.18.2011 | Green
Will Travers

Non-human primates are celebrated as our closest living relatives, but they are still wild animals. Whether acting out of instinct or intent, "pet" primates are capable of wreaking havoc on humans who pay the tragic price when things, inevitably, go wrong.

A Week to Remember: Keep Wildlife in the Wild®

Will Travers | Posted 08.20.2011 | Green
Will Travers

There may come a day when some of our most iconic species, including tigers, grizzly bears, and humpback whales, will be gone. Our children and grandchildren will learn about them in the past tense, just as we have heard about dodos, mammoths and dinosaurs.

Barbaric Trapping: Not Ready for Prime Time?

Will Travers | Posted 06.14.2011 | Green
Will Travers

Kudos to Jane Velez-Mitchell at CNN Headline News for giving prominent national air time to Born Free USA's recent trapping investigation, Victims of ...

The "Wisdom" of Bob Parsons

Will Travers | Posted 06.07.2011 | Green
Will Travers

Bob Parsons: business guru or Neanderthal? It's a question that's divided the country for the past few days ever since Bob's personal 'poverty-reduction mission' to Zimbabwe (which involved shooting an elephant) hit the headlines.

Born Free USA Trapping Investigation Lifts Curtain on a Barbaric Act

Will Travers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Will Travers

What is it about wild animals that make some people feel that it's OK to inflict pain, suffering and death upon them?

Unfinished Business

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Markarian

Among the very first Congressional bills introduced this week were two important measures to protect wildlife and should be on the fast track to getting over the finish line in the new session.