• Meet Chipazuwa!

    Meet Chipazuwa, an infant baboon who has just been rescued by Born Free’s long term partner the Zambia Primate Project (ZPP).  After apparently escaping from a rope tethering her, she was found wandering alone, dehydrated and hungry by a compassionate farmer on the outskirts of Lusaka. ZPP swung into action and earlier this week she was flown to the Luangwa Valley where Anna Tolan from Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust  and one of ZPPs ex-volunteers Ruth were waiting at the air
  • More beluga whales to be exhibited at Vancouver

    Three months after the deaths of the last two beluga whales at Vancouver Aquarium, the facility has announced that it will be importing more beluga whales for scientific research. This decision ignores requests from the Born Free Foundation and other experts across the globe, to end the display of this particular species. Vancouver Aquarium has instead stated that they will not likely end the keeping of beluga whales until 2029.  The announcement was made yesterday by Head Veterinarian, Mar
  • Rhinos at risk

    Proposed new regulations in South African would open up rhino horn trade. 
    The world’s rhinos number less than 29,000, 70% of which are in South Africa. Poaching for their horns, which fetch high prices in illegal Asian markets, is the biggest threat currently facing rhinos.
    In South Africa alone, more than 6,000 rhinos were brutally killed by poachers between 2008 and 2015, to supply horn to Vietnam, China and other Asian countries where it is used in traditional medicine and as a hi
  • Could Virgin’s commitment hasten the end of captive dolphin exploitation?

    Born Free welcomes Virgin Holidays’ efforts to influence change in how whales and dolphins are used for entertainment purposes.International wildlife charity, Born Free Foundation has today welcomed the publication of Virgin Holiday’s statement outlining the travel company’s new policy position on captive whales, dolphins and porpoises (collectively known as cetaceans).
    Key commitments include:A decision to no longer sell or promote any new attractions or hotels that feature ca
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  • Taiji Action Day for Dolphins

    The 6th annual Taiji Action Day for Dolphins protest march took place in London on Friday 17 February. Hundreds of people of all ages and backgrounds joined the protest, many travelling from across the UK and Europe to attend the event, which has become one of the largest protests in the world against the slaughter and capture of dolphins at Taiji Cove in Japan. The march is held every year to coincide with the closing stages of the dolphin hunts, which take place between September and
  • Fears of ‘dirty meat’ entering food chain after 25% of abattoirs fail tests

    Audits carried out at more than 300 abattoirs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland find major hygiene failings in more than a quarter of meat plantsOne in four slaughterhouses are failing to take basic hygiene precautions to stop contaminated meat reaching high street butchers and supermarkets.An analysis of government audits carried out at more than 300 abattoirs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland identified major hygiene failings in more than a quarter of the meat plants. The failings co
  • A thousand day-old chicks abandoned in Peterborough field

    RSPCA believes baby chickens came from commercial producer but were dumped by a third partyAbout 1,000 day-old chicks have been abandoned in a field. RSPCA inspectors said members of the public made the discovery of the newly hatched chickens in a field in Crowland, near Peterborough, in Cambridgeshire on Friday.Many of the chicks are believed to be in good health, although some had died while others had to be put down due to their injuries, the animal welfare charity said. Continue reading...
  • Man jailed for shooting cats in Surrey

    Franky Mills, 19, sentenced to 12 months over airgun attacks that led to death of one pet and left six others injuredA man has been jailed over a shooting spree that led to one cat’s death and left six others injured.
    Franky Mills, 19, opened fire on the pets with an airgun in parts of Surrey during a 12-day period in March and April last year.Continue reading...
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  • Why does the £5 note debate matter? Because it’s state power v minorities | Chas Newkey-Burden

    The Bank keeping tallow, or beef fat, in the new fiver sends a message to vegans, as well as Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, that our values don’t matterThe Bank of England’s decision not to withdraw the £5 note which contains traces of cow fat is a slap in the face to the vegans, Hindus, Jains and Sikhs who have voiced their objections to it. But the decision should unsettle us all, regardless of what we eat, or our religion – because as well as revealing an insensitivity to mi
  • Watch Some Animals Eat Each Other While They Bone - Gizmodo UK

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    Humans do some pretty freaky shit in the bedroom, but it usually falls short of decapitating and eating each other. Some of our cousins in the animal kingdom do not avoid these trifling taboos. “When you're talking about cannibalism, it's not cut-and ...en meer »
  • Charity performance of Running Wild

    Chichester, 11th February: Bestselling War Horse author Michael Morpurgo and Born Free actress and wildlife champion, Virginia McKenna OBE, were special guests at the opening performance of Running Wild – the incredible new play adapted from Michael’s popular book, which will support the work of Born Free.Running Wild, follows the adventures of nine year old Lilly and her unlikely animal friends including Oona the elephant, and Frankie the orangutan, brought to life by the incredible
  • Sydney fishmonger convicted of animal cruelty over lobster treatment

    Nicholas Seafoods found to be in breach of law for butchering and dismembering lobsters with a band sawA Sydney fishmonger has become the first body in Australia to be convicted of animal cruelty over its treatment of a lobster.
    Nicholas Seafoods was found to be in breach of the New South Wales Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act for butchering and dismembering lobsters with a band saw, without adequately stunning or killing them.Related: Alive and kicking: Australia's animal export trade booms
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  • Thirty campaigners mount Valentine's Day vigil at controversial Sheffield slaughterhouse

    Around 30 campaigners joined a Valentine's Day vigil at a controversial Sheffield slaughterhouse, where terrible animal suffering has recently been exposed. During the vigil, campaigners made a gruesome discovery.
  • The vital role of Police dogs in the fight against the trade in illegal ivory

    Virginia McKenna meets Metropolitan Police’s newestrecruits - trained to sniff-out wildlife crime.Born Free Founder and Trustee, Virginia McKennaOBE, congratulated newly qualified Metropolitan Police Dog handlers and theirdogs, as they graduated from the Training Establishment in Keston, Kent. In aweek where the future of the UK’s domestic ivory market was debated inParliament, Virginia was keen to see first-hand how the Metropolitan Police ispiloting new training techniques to crack
  • Tourist thrown into air by elephant

    Recent reports in the Daily Mail have yet again highlighted the risks of close interactions with captive elephants.The short video appears to show an unnamed female tourist, thrown into the air by a large captive elephant whilst taking part in a ‘bathing’ activity at an elephant facility in Thailand (believed to be the Patara Elephant Farm in Chiang Mai). Thankfully, serious injury, in this instance, was apparently avoided, but it could have been a lot worse. There have been many inc
  • Sponges Ruled the World After Second-Largest Mass Extinction

    Sponges may be simple creatures, but they basically ruled the world some 445 million years ago, after the Ordovician mass extinction, a new study finds. Roughly 85 percent of all species died in the Ordovician mass extinction, the first of the world's five known mass extinctions. "We think the sponges thrived because they can tolerate changes in temperature and low oxygen levels, while their food source (organic particles in the water) would have been increased enormously by the death and destru
  • Very old, charming - er - thing goes on display in Athens

    By Karolina Tagaris ATHENS (Reuters) - A bird-like statuette dating back 7,000 years has mystified archaeologists in Greece who still do not know exactly what it is, or where it came from. Carved out of granite, the 36 cm (14 inches) "enigma" statuette of the late Neolithic era has a pointed nose and long neck leading to a markedly round belly, flat back and cylindrical stumpy legs. "It could depict a human-like figure with a bird-like face, or a bird-like entity which has nothing to do with man
  • New Zealand warns of exploding whale carcasses after mass stranding

    By Charlotte Greenfield WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand authorities were cutting holes in 300 whale carcasses on Monday, popping the dead animals "like balloons", to avoid them exploding as they decompose on Golden Bay after more than 600 whales became stranded. Hundreds of rescuers managed to save around 400 pilot whales on the South Island beach on the weekend after one of New Zealand's largest whale strandings.
  • More than 200 whales swim away after New Zealand stranding

    Whale lovers in New Zealand finally got some good news on Sunday after more than 200 stranded whales managed to refloat themselves overnight and swim away, while volunteers managed to save another 17 whales ...
  • Elephant put to sleep at Oregon Zoo, apparently after contracting TB

    News has emerged that Packy, a 54 year old Asian elephant at Oregon Zoo, has been killed, after reportedly suffering from a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis.At the time of his death, Packy was reported to be the oldest male of his species in North America, and made headlines back in 1962 when he became the first elephant born in the Western Hemisphere.In the last few weeks, keepers from the Zoo and animal advocates had petitioned to save Packy’s life on the grounds that he failed to s
  • New Zealand rescuers form human chain to help stranded whales

    By Harry Pearl SYDNEY (Reuters) - Whale rescuers in New Zealand linked arms in neck-deep water on Saturday to try and prevent about 200 pilot whales from stranding themselves again in a remote bay, where 300 of the animals died this week. The incident, in the shallow muddy waters of Golden Bay, at the northwest tip of South Island, was New Zealand's largest known whale stranding since 1985, when 450 of the animals were stranded in Auckland, and the third largest on record. A group of about 100 v
  • Warm ocean water triggered vast seabird die-off, experts say

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A year after tens of thousands of common murres, an abundant North Pacific seabird, starved and washed ashore on beaches from California to Alaska, researchers have pinned the cause to unusually warm ocean temperatures that affected the tiny fish they eat.
  • Born Free launches children’s competition for World Wildlife Day

    International wildlife charity, Born Free Foundation, is launching an exciting competition to mark United Nations World Wildlife Day on 3rd March 2017.The theme for this year’s World Wildlife Day is ‘Listen to the Young Voices’, and encourages young people around the world to join together to address ongoing major threats to wildlife, including habitat change, over-exploitation and illicit trafficking.As part of the celebrations, Born Free is asking children and young people to
  • Researchers: Warm Pacific water led to vast seabird die-off

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A year after tens of thousands of common murres, an abundant North Pacific seabird, starved and washed ashore on beaches from California to Alaska, researchers have pinned the cause to unusually warm ocean temperatures that affected the tiny fish they eat.
  • New Zealanders race to rescue whales after hundreds stranded

    By Charlotte Greenfield WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Rescuers were trying to save scores of pilot whales on Friday in a remote bay in New Zealand, where some 300 carcasses littered the beach after one of the country's largest recorded mass whale strandings. Hundreds of volunteers flocked to Golden Bay, at the northwest tip of South Island, after dawn broke and surviving whales were refloated at high tide by lunchtime, but 90 quickly became stranded once again as the tide ebbed. About 50 more lingered
  • Trump administration delays listing bumblebee as endangered

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday delayed what would be the first endangered designation for a bee species in the continental U.S., one day before it was to take effect.
  • Once-reviled scavenger bird now the pride of its Indian home

    GAUHATI, India (AP) — The greater adjutant stork used to be an object of revulsion in northeast India. It's not a pretty bird, with its large, dull-orange bill and gray, black and white plumage. A carnivore and scavenger, it left bits of dead animals in its nests. People thought it brought bad luck, so they destroyed nests and sometimes poisoned the birds.
  • BHP Billiton approves $2.2 billion for U.S. Mad Dog oil project

    BHP Billiton on Thursday approved its $2.2 billion (1.7 billion pounds) share of investment for the second phase of the Mad Dog oilfield in the Gulf of Mexico, as expected. Mad Dog is operated by BP Plc , which said in December it would go ahead with Phase 2 in the Green Canyon deepwater area, building a new floating production facility with a capacity of 140,000 gross barrels of crude oil per day.
  • Facts About Cicadas

    Cicadas are oval-shaped, winged insects that provide a buzzing and clicking song heard in nature throughout the summer. There are around 3,000 cicada species, according to National Geographic, so they vary in size from 0.75 to 2.25 in (2.2 to 5.5 cm) long. The periodical cicadas live the longest.
  • Cancer Research UK support for horrific experiment on 'nude' mice

    An exposé released today by Animal Aid reveals that Cancer Research UK (CRUK) has been acknowledged for providing ‘generous financial support’ for cruel and outdated experiments on a number of furless mice, in order to give them bone...
  • Pictures emerge of grossly obese tigers at a tiger park in China

    A series of shocking photographs have recently been circulating in the media showing obese tigers at the Siberian Tiger Park in Harbin City, northeastern China.Tigers are naturally agile hunters, with naturally large home ranges: obesity would simply not be seen in wild tigers. It is reported that visitors to the park are able to purchase live chickens and strips of beef which they can then feed to the tigers: a practice which may be contributing to their obesity. Born Free has long campaigned f
  • Defra announces next steps on animal licensing: exotic pet concerns ignored

    On the 2ndFebruary, UK Government department Defra released its plans for newregulations relating to the licensing of animal establishments such as boarding kennels, horse-riding schools andpet shops.
    The report follows a public consultation carried out in late2015 which sought views on the current law surrounding animal licensingin England and Wales and how it might be improved. Central to Born Free’s response to the consultation wereconcerns over the lack of protection currently afforded
  • David Attenborough has had a species of snail named after him and he couldn't be happier about it

    The naturalist added a snail to the swathe of animals named after him.
  • Dog day afternoons: caring for your pets in extreme heat | Anne Fawcett

    Our animal companions are captive to the environment we create for them. Here are some tips on caring for pets in extreme heat and thunderstorms With much of Australia experiencing very hot weather, these last few weeks it seems like the water cooler conversation is all about the weather. Despite how it feels sometimes, as humans we can exercise choice about our environment, choosing to move out of the sun, into a cooler environment or even flicking on a fan or air conditioning.Our companion ani
  • Dutch Zoo Tests 'Tinder for Orangutans' Mating Program

    Think of it like online dating, but for primates: A Dutch zoo is using a series of photographs on a screen to help one orangutan kick off the mating process. Breeding programs often involve international partnerships and long-distance travel of potential mates, so the Apenheul primate park in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, recently launched a four-year experiment dubbed "Tinder for orangutans." Rather than hope for the best once a male arrives at the zoo, researchers are first presenting pictures of th
  • Smile! New Bucktoothed Ghost Shark Species Discovered

    At nearly 3 feet (1 meter) in length — about half as long as the height of a refrigerator — the newfound creature is the second largest species of ghost shark ever discovered, the researchers said. This one was really chunky in the front, and just a big bulky specimen," said Kristin Walovich, a graduate student at the Pacific Shark Research Center at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in California, and the lead researcher of a new study. Kristin Walovich holds the 50th described s
  • Parliament debates call for domestic UK ivory trade ban

    On Monday 6th February, the UK Parliament debated the crisis facing Africa’s elephants and the need for government action to ban the internal domestic trade in ivory for the second time in two months.The Westminster Hall debate, which was attended by over 30 Members of Parliament in spite of the concomitant Brexit debate in the main chamber, was scheduled after more than 100,000 members of the public signed Ellen Cobb’s e-petition calling on the Government to shut down the domestic i
  • Public opposition to badger culling as strong as ever

    Government e-petition reaches 100,000 signaturesOn 4th February a Government e-petition initiated by naturalist and broadcaster Simon King, questioning the Government’s badger culling policy, reached 100,000 signatures.Almost 15,000 badgers have been shot under license over the past 4 years, as part of the Government’s strategy to control the spread of bovine tuberculosis in cattle. Culling is now taking place across large swathes of seven English counties, and if policy makers have
  • Media Invite: Campaigners to hold Valentine's Day vigil at controversial Sheffield slaughterhouse

    Campaigners will hold origami hearts and show animals compassion during a Valentine’s Day vigil at controversial Sheffield slaughterhouse that was subject of ...
  • Stewards of Federal Lands Feel Threatened, Survey Shows

    Many of the people who take care of U.S. federal lands and wildlife refuges say their jobs have become more dangerous, according to a new survey. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a nonprofit that represents government staff, released the results of the survey on Feb. 2. The group gathered responses from 104 out of 302 managers of the Fish and Wildlife Service's federal refuge and 364 employees of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), including scientists, archaeologi
  • 'Mud Monsters' Galore! Mariana Trench Dive Yields Bizarre Deep-Sea Life

    A recent underwater expedition to the Mariana Trench, the deepest known ocean spot in the world, filmed many forms of bizarre marine life close to the seafloor, and captured the first-ever footage of a shrimp feeding at record-breaking depths. Sponges on stalks, ghost-pale lizard fish and a hermit crab carrying an anemone hitchhiker were among the so-called "mud monsters" that paraded in front of the cameras of the remotely operated vehicle (ROV), offering a rare glimpse of deep-sea animals' hab
  • 160-Million-Year-Old Pterosaur Ate Like a Flamingo

    During the dinosaur era, pterosaurs would swoop down and snap up wriggly fish and buzzing insects with their spiky teeth, with the exception of one odd group — pterosaurs that ate their meals like modern-day flamingos do: by filter feeding. Now, researchers have found the earliest filter-feeding pterosaur on record. The specimen, which was discovered in northeast China's Liaoning province, is 160 million years old, and dates to the Jurassic period (199.6 million to 145.5 million years ago)
  • A Dog's Purpose abuse video falsified, claims American Humane Association

    Investigation finds video which appeared to show a German shepherd in distress on set was ‘deliberately edited for the purpose of misleading the public’A video which appeared to show a distressed dog on the set of new family movie A Dog’s Purpose was “deliberately edited for the purpose of misleading the public and stoking public outrage”, according to an independent, third-party investigation.American Humane, an organisation which seeks to ensure the well-being of
  • US: Oceanic whitetip shark warrants 'threatened' listing

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The oceanic whitetip shark's declining status in the wild warrants listing as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, an arm of the federal government has determined.
  • Feds: Oceanic whitetip shark warrants 'threatened' listing

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The oceanic whitetip shark's declining status in the wild warrants listing as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, an arm of the federal government has determined.
  • South Lakes Safari Zoo: Concerns raised over zoo licence applicant

    It has been reported that David Gill, owner of South Lakes Safari Zoo in Cumbria, is re-applying for a licence to operate the zoo, despite having been refused an extension to a previous licence purportedly over animal welfare and safety fears. In July 2016, the Barrow Borough Council unanimously rejected renewal of the licence, agreeing with inspectors’ concerns about “out of date practices”.Over recent years, the zoo has been the subject of investigations over apparent fa
  • Zoologists say dead whale in Norway full of plastic bags

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian zoologists have found about 30 plastic bags and other plastic waste in the stomach of a beaked whale that had beached on a southwestern Norway coast.
  • LAWS Day Conference – Saturday 11th March 2017

    The Labour Animal Welfare Society will hold its annual Day Conference on Saturday 11th March 2017. The provisional agenda will include speakers on a range of subjects including how Brexit will affect the animal welfare agenda, CCTV in slaughterhouses, the ivory trade, shooting and the strengthening of animal welfare legislation.
    The conference will be held in London at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP, a vegan buffet lunch will be provided and tea and co
  • Tiny, 540-Million-Year-Old Human Ancestor Didn't Have an Anus

    The creature is so novel, it has its own family (Saccorhytidae), as well as its own genus and species (Saccorhytus coronaries), named for its wrinkled, sac-like body. S. coronaries, with its oval body and large mouth, is likely a deuterostome, a group that includes all vertebrates, including humans, and some invertebrates, such as starfish. "We think that as an early deuterostome, this may represent the primitive beginnings of a very diverse range of species, including ourselves," Simon Conway M
  • 38,000-Year-Old Rock Art Discovered in France

    In the summer of 2012, a group of archaeologists turned over a broken block of limestone on the floor of a rock shelter in southwestern France and discovered what could be one of the oldest examples of art in Europe. Scrawled with the image of an aurochs (an extinct species of cattle) and dozens of small dots, the slab was created by the Aurignacians, the first Homo sapiens to arrive in Europe. New York University anthropologist Randall White, a co-author of the study who led recent excavations

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