• Think of dolphins during ‘World Autism-Awareness Week’

    During Autism-Awareness Week, the Born Free Foundation seeks to expose the truths about so-called Dolphin Assisted Therapy (DAT), the apparent exploitation of vulnerable people by captive dolphin facilities and the risks to public safety during direct interaction experiences with captive dolphins. Captive dolphin facilities, or dolphinaria, across the world promote the opportunity for people with disabilities to engage in a reportedly therapeutic experience through direct contact with dolph
  • The keeping of captive dolphins at the Kuwait Scientific Center

    There are ongoing plans to keep captive dolphins at The Scientific Center in Kuwait. Born Free has campaigned to end the captivity of cetaceans for over 30 years, and in response to these plans, kindly asks the Scientific Centre in Kuwait to stop its plans to build a dolphinarium.Scientific investigations have concluded that maintaining dolphins, whales and porpoises (known as cetaceans) in confined tanks, devoid of enrichment and stimulation, leads to heightened stress and typically, early mort
  • Born Free Foundation says circus ban statement "more disappointing than ever"

    On the 23rd March2017, the Defra Minister, George Eustice MP, answered a parliamentaryquestion regarding his department’s ongoing failure to introduce the banon wild animals in circuses.
    A ban was promised more than five yearsago and was due to have become law over twoyears ago. His answer repeated Defra's long-standing position on theissue which was that they remain committed to introducing a ban “whenParliamentary time is available” - a response which has been used onnum
  • Born Free condemns South African plans to allow trophy hunters to shoot super tusker

    Born Free was dismayed to learn that a licence to hunt a so-called ‘super tusker’ has been granted by Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which borders the Kruger National Park in South Africa.Poaching is a serious threat to the future of Africa’s elephants. Tens of thousands of elephants are being slaughtered every year to supply ivory into illegal markets. While South Africa may have been shielded from the worst of the poaching until now, more than 80 elephants have been killed
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  • Born Bree condemns South African plans to allow trophy hunters to shoot super tusker

    Born Free was dismayed to learn that a licence to hunt a so-called ‘super tusker’ has been granted by Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which borders the Kruger National Park in South Africa.Poaching is a serious threat to the future of Africa’s elephants. Tens of thousands of elephants are being slaughtered every year to supply ivory into illegal markets. While South Africa may have been shielded from the worst of the poaching until now, more than 80 elephants have been killed
  • Going underground: inside the world of the mole-catchers – podcast

    A bitter battle is raging within the mole-catching community over the kindest way to carry out their deadly work• Read the text versionContinue reading...
  • Saving Servals

    Furi's storyOn Friday the 24th February, the BFFE team received an unusual call. A serval had somehow fallen into a drop toilet in the outskirts of the capitol city Addis Ababa and, having been pulled out of the toilet by a rope, was now running around the area terrified.Veterinarian Dr. Rea Tschopp, Ensessakotteh Centre manager Bereket Girma and Country director Zelealem Tefera responded to the call. When they arrived, they found a mob of people surrounding the terrified animal and needed polic
  • Experience: my chickens saved my life

    I thought, if they can cope with the trauma they have experienced, then I’ve got to find the strength myself I took my first overdose at 11, my second at 18 and my third just after my 21st birthday. It was a cry for help. I had lovely parents, but I was desperately unhappy.I was sexually abused at the age of eight, in the 1960s. I was afraid I’d get the cane if I told a teacher, so I didn’t tell anyone. When my parents found out, all hell broke loose. The abuser went
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  • Bella the vervet

    With the growing outreach programme that Born Free provides in Ethiopia, things are never quiet at Ensessakotteh for long. Just days after Budaloo the vervet monkey made it out of his quarantine enclosure and into the big group, another vervet arrived. Bella has been kept in private ownership for over a year near to the Italian embassy in Addis Ababa. She had been kept outside a private residence with dogs and chickens, tethered by a short chain to a log. She is very aggressive around food, and
  • Good news from Zambia

    Not one, but three good news stories from our colleagues at GRI- ZPP. Zambia Primate Project have had a busy few days! First off, our troop of rescued vervet monkeys are free at last. All victims of the illegal bush meat and pet trades in Zambia, they are looking fit and healthy back in the bush at our release site in Kafue National Park. They are being monitored daily by our dedicated team of field researchers - Caribou, Dalliso and Matthews, to support them in their transition back to a truly
  • Born Free launches priority plan for reforming the keeping of captive wild animals in the UK

    Today, Born Free will launch a 15-point plan designed to protect and ensure the future welfare of the millions of wild animals kept in captivity in the UK - in zoos, circuses and as exotic pets.
    The priorities will be unveiled at Beyond the Bars: The Welfare of Captive Wild Animals in the UK - a high-profile event involving Members of Parliament, animal welfare experts, conservationists, veterinarians, wildlife NGOs and special guests - in Westminster this evening.
    Virginia McKenna OBE is also s
  • After recent zoo scandals, Born Free asks ‘Are current zoo regulations fit for purpose?’

    Foundation calls for urgent review ahead of the launch of ‘Beyond the Bars: The Welfare of Captive Animals in 2017’, Westminster, 22nd MarchOn the eve of a high-profile event at Westminster, international wildlife charity, the Born Free Foundation, has today sounded the alarm over the viability of current regulations for monitoring and inspecting the UK’s more than 250 zoos.This comes on the back of a series of disturbing incidents in UK zoos which have included animals being k
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  • 'Bank' the turtle dies after swallowing 900 coins thrown into her pond

    Sea turtle that lived in public pond in Thailand dies of blood poisoning despite surgery to remove 5kg of loose change from her stomachA sea turtle nicknamed “Bank” has died of complications following surgery to remove nearly 1,000 coins she swallowed during captivity, vets in Thailand have said.The cause of death was blood poisoning from the loose change, doctors at the veterinary faculty at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University confirmed.Continue reading...
  • Charities should not interfere in family feuds over wills | Russell Hargrave

    A huge error of judgement has been made by the three animal charities that fought to overturn a daughter’s win over her estranged mother’s willIn 2002, Melita Jackson did something that thousands of people do each year. She drew up a will and left her money to charity. Jackson’s £500,000 estate was split between three animal charities when she died: Blue Cross, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. B
  • Greyhound racing: euthanasia of healthy dogs sparks call for stronger penalties

    Demand follows one owner putting down six healthy dogs within three weeks of getting them, according to Greyhound Racing NSW internal documents
    A New South Wales greyhound owner was able to put down six young, healthy dogs within three weeks of obtaining them, according to internal records. The case, and others like it, have prompted a renewed push by the NSW Greens for a breeding cap and stronger penalties for vets and owners who euthanise healthy greyhounds. Related: My father loved racing gre
  • Drought Ravages Amboseli

    By Simon Kasaine & Stephen Melubo“Since I was a young boy, I overheard old men telling stories of similar droughts. As an elder now, I also remember dry seasons when livestock and people died. The only fear I have now is that this drought might prolong, and livestock, being the main economic activity for my community, will greatly suffer.”Naingue Kishoko, Maasai Elder from Enkongu-Narok, AmboseliIt is February and the weather conditions in Amboseli are unusual.  Animals, bot
  • Safety of zoo animals questioned yet again

    Over the years there have been numerous reports of animals in zoos around the world being injured or killed by visitors or intruders. Shockingly, this month alone has now seen several such tragic incidents. At Belvedere Zoo in Tunisia, a crocodile is believed to have been ‘stoned’ to death after being hit on the head by two large rocks. Last week, poachers broke into Thoiry Zoo near Paris and shot dead a white rhino, before cutting off his horn with a chainsaw. This is the first
  • TAB fined $45m for breach of money-laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws

    Judge finds betting giant Tab Limited and three other Tabcorp companies failed to report suspicious matters to financial intelligence unit AustracOne of the world’s largest publicly listed gaming companies has been fined $45m for breaching money-laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws, in one of the biggest civil penalties handed down in corporate Australia.The Australian Transactions Reports and Analysis Centre brought a federal court case against Tabcorp Holdings, Tab Limited and
  • Court overturns daughter's win over estranged mother's will

    Judgment overturns 2011 ruling that increased Heather Ilott’s award in Melita Jackson’s will which left estate to charityThe supreme court has overturned a decision to increase the sum of money left to a woman by her estranged mother, who left her entire £500,000 estate to three animal charities.The protracted dispute over Melita Jackson’s will has made its way through the English courts since her death, at 70, in 2004. Continue reading...
  • MPs to debate badger culls as petition tops 100,000 signatures

    On 27th March MPs will debate the government’s badger culling policy in Westminster Hall.The debate, which was triggered when TV Presenter and Naturalist Simon King’s e-petition topped 100,000 signatures, won’t be binding, but it will give MPs a chance to urge the Government to think again before it condemns tens of thousands more badgers to a cruel and pointless death.
    Almost 15,000 badgers have been shot under licence over the past 4 years by contractors employed by farmer/la
  • 500 Animals Died in UK Zoo Over 4 Years. Sign Petition Asking For Stricter ... - One Green Planet

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    500 Animals Died in UK Zoo Over 4 Years. Sign Petition Asking For Stricter ...
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    The cases of animal cruelty discovered at the zoo were some of the worst CAPS' representatives have seen in sixty years, and all animal injuries, ailments, and deaths were deemed preventable. In addition to the nearly 500 deaths, CAPS' reported ...en meer »
  • 500 Animals Died in UK Zoo Over 4 Years. Sign Petition Asking For ... - One Green Planet

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    500 Animals Died in UK Zoo Over 4 Years. Sign Petition Asking For ...
    One Green Planet
    Thanks to public outcry and the dedicated work of Captive Animals' Protection Society (CAPS), a dreadful UK zoo was denied its renewal license on March 6, ...en meer »
  • Yet More Animals Escape From Zoos

    Over the past six months, there have been numerous incidents of animals escaping from zoos, including a red panda at Virginia Zoo; an orangutan at Chester Zoo; a gorilla at London Zoo; and a lion from Leipzig Zoo. Reports have emerged in the last couple of days of yet more animal escapes from zoos.A cheetah is believed to have escaped from his enclosure at Port Lympne Wildlife Park in Kent, after being separated from his mother during feeding time. The Zoo’s ‘full escape procedure&rs
  • Zoos are prisons for animals – no one needs to see a depressed penguin in the flesh

    In an age when David Attenborough can virtually take us inside an elephant’s bottom, is there any or conservational value to keeping animals in captivity?That a zoo in Cumbria is having its licence revoked as a result of nearly 500 animals dying there over a two-year period comes as no shock – but it still slightly surprises me that anybody thinks that we should have zoos at all. The animals always look miserable in captivity. If you don’t believe me, visit a farm park. It&rsqu
  • Spare a thought for the poor old mole | Letters

    All of the methods of catching moles described in your article (The long read, 8 March) rely on the violent crushing of a sentient creature. Society wouldn’t tolerate killing a dog in this way, yet moles have a nervous system similar to dogs’ (and humans’), which strongly suggests they are capable of feeling pain and thus suffering. As the article indicates, the total cost of mole “damage” is very low but as it is part of the routine, casual cycle of killing practis
  • Celebrations as The Vancouver Park Board votes in favour to prohibit cetacean imports to the Aquarium.

    In a dramatic turnaround from a previous decision, the Vancouver Aquarium has abandoned plans to bring in more beluga whales and the Vancouver Park Board has ruled that the Aquarium cannot import more whales, dolphins or porpoises (collectively known as cetaceans) in the future. This momentous decision is being celebrated by Born Free and animal advocates across the world. Controversy surrounding the keeping of cetaceans in captivity became a matter of public debate three months ago, follow
  • International outcry over proposed captive dolphin facility in Saint Lucia

    Born Free joins 20 other organisations in expressing its concern to the Government of St Lucia over the proposal to build a captive dolphin facility on Pigeon Island, a location designated as a National Park and enjoyed by residents and tourists alike. In a letter to the Prime Minister, actioned and sent by Marine Connection, all organisations are united in urging that the application be denied. It is scientific fact that the biological, physical, psychological and social characteristi
  • Help Shut Down Horrific UK Zoo Where 500 Animals Died! [PETITION] - One Green Planet

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    Help Shut Down Horrific UK Zoo Where 500 Animals Died! [PETITION]
    One Green Planet
    Earlier this week animal lovers everywhere rejoiced when news of a horrific zoo in Cumbria, UK was denied its renewal license to operate. However, the zoo's owner, David Gill, has twenty-eight days from the ruling date to file an appeal. This appeal ...en meer »
  • Tackling Wildlife Trade in Ethiopia

    Last week, while the global community was celebrating World Wildlife Day, the Born Free’s Border Point project team in Ethiopia was hard at work delivering training to over 1,300 police officers and trainees from the Amhara National Regional State (ANRS) counter terrorism unit. These officers play a crucial role in tackling illegal activities in the Amhara region, including illegal wildlife trade.
    The Border Point Project is a three year initiative funded by the UK government. Its main goa
  • Cows’ grazing instinct as powerful as ever | Letters

    If Patrick Devlin (Letters, 8 March) thinks that cows have lost their grazing instinct, he’s welcome to come and see how ecstatically mine respond when I turn them out to grass next month. And if he believes that the problem of separating dairy cow and calf is insoluble, he could travel on a bit further west to the farm where the wonderful Cream o’ Galloway ice cream is made. Here they leave the calves with their mothers for half the time.Also, if he’s unaware that indoor-kept
  • UK's biggest zoo to increase security for animals - CBBC Newsround

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    UK's biggest zoo to increase security for animals
    CBBC Newsround
    The UK's biggest zoo has told Newsround they are increasing security patrols for their animals, after an incident at a French zoo. Poachers broke into a zoo in Paris and killed a rhino for its horn. The zoo's two other rhinos weren't hurt. ZSL ...en meer »
  • Shocking Investigation Findings Reveal Abuse of Animals Exported From EU - PETA.org.uk (press release) (blog)

    PETA.org.uk (press release) (blog)
    Shocking Investigation Findings Reveal Abuse of Animals Exported From EU
    PETA.org.uk (press release) (blog)
    Eyewitness footage recorded by Animals International has revealed that animals exported from Ireland and other EU countries have been subjected to barbaric cruelty in Turkey and the Middle East. 00:00. 01:28. Share. Clip ID:204967874. Profile ID: ...
  • Going underground: inside the world of the mole-catchers

    A bitter battle is raging within the mole-catching community over the kindest way to carry out their deadly workRoger Page purchased his home in East Bilney, a Norfolk farming community, about 25 years ago. For the better part of those 25 years, he bore no ill will toward the moles. He was fond of wildlife, or at least what little of it remained in the country. A family of deer foraged in the backyard. Foxes lolled in the road at dusk. Moles were a rarity.Page worked as a commercial pilot and wh
  • Free-range cows are a modern invention | Letters

    The overarching assumption in Joanna Blythman’s anthropomorphic article on “free range” milk (1 March) is that it’s better for cows to graze on pasture than be kept, milked and fed in a closed environment.That grazing is more “natural” (and so better) is a silly assumption. None of our domesticated beasts have led a “natural” life for thousands of years now and are evolved into creatures that are as dependent on us and our care as we are on them. I
  • Poachers stoop to new low by killing rhino in French zoo

    The depths to which some people are prepared to stoop to make money at the expense of wild animals reached a new low with the news that a white rhinoceros named Vince had been killed for his horn at a zoo near Paris.Reports suggest that one or more poachers broke into Thoiry Zoo to the west of Paris on the night of Monday 6th March, shot the rhino in the head several times, then cut off his horn with a chain saw.
    It is believed that the poachers were intending to target all three white rhinos re
  • Women should refrain from wearing feathers of rare birds - fashion archive, 1925

    7 March 1925: Because of the cruelty involved in obtaining them, ‘women who adorned themselves with this plumage...were really like savages’, said the Duchess of SomersetThe Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, which held its annual meeting at the Middlesex Guildhall today, with the Duchess of Portland in the chair, is making a fresh appeal to women to refrain from wearing the feathers of egrets, herons, birds of paradise, and other rare birds, the importation of whose plumage
  • South Lakes Safari licence application rejected

    Born Free welcomes decision by Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council to deny new licenceBorn Free calls for more rigorous inspections and tighter controls, and an overhaul of the implementation of the Zoo Licensing Act and the zoo inspection processBorn Free has offered assistance to the Council in the event that animals need to be rehomed.Born Free, for more than 30 years, the UK’s sternest critic of zoos, today welcomed the decision by Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council to refuse a new licenc
  • Born Free on Blu-Ray

    "A story of courage, love, nature, and a relationship unlike any other"Register now for your copy of Born Free on Blu-Ray!1966 film classic, Born Free, starring the Foundation’s co-founders Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers, is set to be released on Blu-Ray for the first time in the UK, on 8th May 2017.Register now if you would like to purchase a copy though our websiteEureka Entertainment is proud to present this special dual-format edition of the wonderful true adventure, adapted from Jo
  • UK zoo refused licence after 500 animals die - RTE.ie

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    UK zoo refused licence after 500 animals die
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    A zoo in Britain where nearly 500 animals died of poor nutrition, cramped conditions and hypothermia over four years is set to close after officials refused to renew its licence. Inspectors who surveyed Lakes Safari Zoo in northwest England said they ...
    License renewal denied for zoo where 500 animals diedRT
    'Horrific suffering' at UK zoo where almost 500 animals died in four yearsStuff.co.nz
    Licence refused to UK zoo where 486 animals
  • Cumbrian zoo where almost 500 animals died is refused new licence

    Application by founder of South Lakes Safari zoo turned down after inspectors reported ‘obvious deficiencies’The founder of a zoo in Cumbria, where nearly 500 animals died in less than four years, has been refused a new licence to run it.The chair of Barrow council’s licensing committee, Tony Callister, said the unanimous decision was made because councillors were not satisfied conservation matters referred to in the Zoo Licensing Act would be implemented.Related: If we really
  • Cumbrian zoo boss refused new licence after hundreds of animal deaths

    Application by David Gill, founder of South Lakes Safari zoo, turned down after inspectors reported ‘obvious deficiencies’The founder of a zoo in Cumbria, where nearly 500 animals died in less than four years, has been refused a new licence.The chair of Barrow council’s licensing committee, Tony Callister, said the unanimous decision was made because councillors were not satisfied conservation matters referred to in the Zoo Licensing Act would be implemented. Related: If we rea
  • Fur flies as Stella McCartney unveils 'skin-free skin' in Paris

    Designer and agitator for animal welfare showcases cruelty-free fashion in equestrian-inspired autumn collectionA few minutes after her catwalk show had finished, Stella McCartney was discussing the collection backstage when she was interrupted by photographers demanding a photo opportunity with her famous front row guests. Valuable though these images are to her brand, McCartney stood her ground. “No, this is important,” she said, turning her back to the cameras to continue explaini
  • Born Free highlights plight of captive cetaceans this Dolphin Awareness Month

    ‘Sanctuaries Not Tanks’ campaign calls for an end to the exploitation of captive dolphins, whales and porpoisesBorn Free is highlighting the plight of dolphins, whales and porpoises (collectively known as cetaceans) kept in captivity this Dolphin Awareness Month by calling on governments and the travel industry to end cetacean exploitation for entertainment purposes and to advocate the creation of dolphin sanctuaries. 
    Born Free first exposed the plight of captive dolphins more
  • If we really love animals, we should close all zoos now | Catherine Bennett

    They are the last of the Georgian cruelty shows, yet the public seems unmoved by the suffering they causeFor a lifelong animal lover, zoo owner David Gill appears to have developed an unfortunate habit of loving creatures to extinction. Even before he came to national notice, after fresh reports of negligence, and 12% mortality, at his private zoo, South Lakes, his autobiography suggests his charges have long been unusually prone to escaping and/or dying. It is more than 10 years, for instance,
  • Zoo inspectors to face questions from MPs over 500 animal deaths

    Committee wants answers over conditions at South Lakes Safari zoo and why action wasn’t taken earlierZoo inspectors have been called to give evidence to MPs after it was revealed that nearly 500 animals died at a zoo in Cumbria in less than four years.This week a damning report on conditions at South Lakes Safari zoo in Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria, which is home to more than 1,500 animals, found that 486 inhabitants had died of causes including emaciation and hypothermia between December 20
  • Zoo Animal Killings

    Animals face many threats in the wild - some ‘natural’ and many that are ‘man-made’. But are animals kept in zoos really safe from danger? Over the years there have been numerous reports of animals in zoos around the world being injured or killed by visitors or intruders. Shockingly, this week alone has seen two such tragic incidents. A 15 year old hippopotamus at the National Zoo of El Salvador was reportedly killed following an attack by ‘thugs’, w
  • LAWS DAY CONFERENCE

    March 11,2017
    Bloomsbury Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8EP
    TIMETABLE
    10.15 – 10.30Tea, coffee biscuits
    10.30 – 10.40opening remarks and welcome
    10.40 – 11.05Commercial shooting – panel discussion with Luke Steele
    11.05 – 11.30Dominic Dyer, Born Free The Ivory Trade and update on badger cull
    11.30- 12.00Nick Palmer (CFI)Labour AW policy development
    12.00 – 12.30Luke Steele, Animal Aid‘CCTV In Slaughterhouses: The Case Is Made’
    Lu
  • Nearly 500 animals die at UK zoo - Pet Gazette

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    Nearly 500 animals die at UK zoo
    Pet Gazette
    South Lakes Safari Zoo in Dalton-in-Furness is home to big cats, monkeys, as well as a variety of other exotic animals. Owner David Gill has come under fire by Barrow Council who are debating whether to issue a new zoo licence to the premises. A report ...en meer »
  • Petition calls to end orca exploitation in China

    On 24th February, the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in Zhuhais, China, unveiled its new orca, or killer whale, exhibit. The 5 male and 4 female orcas, that had been captured in waters off Russia, are the first orcas to be displayed to the public in China. Since the opening of the exhibit, over 17,000 people have signed a petition opposing the import of orcas into Chimelong. The petition will be presented to the Ministry of Agriculture in Beijing on 3rd March; World Wildlife Day. Please send a mes

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