• Roger Moore worked to protect animals. His campaigns must live on | Letters

    The James Bond star called out animal abuse with wit and charm, writes Jennifer White of Peta UKAnimals have lost a dear friend with the passing of Sir Roger Moore (Obituary, 24 May). The long-time Peta supporter may have been best known for his suave portrayal of James Bond, but we believe some of his greatest achievements were his efforts on behalf of animals, including fronting a campaign pushing Selfridges to stop stocking foie gras (it did!), boldly calling for the Queen’s Guard&rsquo
  • Sweet Paradise!

    Caurie de Cristal launches enchanting new single on iTunes in support of Born Free This ‘love song to Mother Nature’ is accompanied by a beautifully-shot video filmed in East SussexAcclaimed singer and songwriter Caurie de Cristal is proud to present Sweet Paradise, which has been released today on iTunes through A-Ka’Y Music, in support of Horsham-based international wildlife charity the Born Free Foundation.The song showcases Caurie’s smooth, laid-back vocals set to sub
  • Spanish circus relinquishes its animals

    The beginning of the end of circuses with wild animals in SpainLast week a Spanish circus agreed to hand over all its animals and end its use of animals. The two lions from the circus have since been rehomed at the AAP Primadomus Foundation, located near Alicante.
    This is considered an unprecedented step forward in a country which is believed to have 10 registered circuses with wild animals. The news has been welcomed by Infocircos, a consortium of NGOs, that seeks an end to the use of wild anim
  • Royal bullfight in Madrid – archive, 23 May 1902

    23 May 1902: The crowd yelled for darts provided with fire crackers to be stuck in the bull’s flanks, the crackers exploding in the animal’s fleshThe scene within the amphitheatre furnished a feast of colour and animation. The upper tier of boxes was hung with handsome tapestries embroidered with the arms of the Spanish grandees and with garlands of foliage and flowers. A carpet bearing the Royal arms drooped over the King’s box. The roof was decorated with pennants displaying
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  • Why would Theresa May ditch a pledge to ban ivory trading?

    The Tories’ manifesto has dropped a promise to outlaw the trade. Protecting wildlife should be a priority, not an optionStrange news: Theresa May has decided to drop a Tory pledge to push for a total ban on ivory trading (only the sale of ivory items produced after 1947 is prohibited). Why would she do that? Doesn’t she need votes? I thought nearly everyone loved elephants – who votes for helping to wipe them out? Apparently, wealthy antiques dealers. Lady (Victoria) Borwick, t
  • Anti-foxhunting protester arrested during May visit – video

    A protester was arrested in Wrexham as the prime minister arrived to launch the Welsh Conservative manifesto. The man, who said his name was Connor, shouted: ‘This is a fascist state, Theresa May’s police state.’ Police then said he was under arrest for disturbing the peaceAnti-foxhunting protester arrested as May arrives in WrexhamVideo source: Wrexham.com Continue reading...
  • Andrew Tyler obituary

    NME rock journalist who later became a powerful advocate for animal rightsAndrew Tyler, who has died aged 70, was a writer on the weekly paper New Musical Express (NME) during the golden age of rock journalism in the 1970s, but later turned his attention to journalism on social issues – including the treatment of animals – and latterly became director of the animal rights group Animal Aid.He worked for the NME from 1973 until 1980, and became part of a highly regarded team that inclu
  • Facebook's rules on showing cruelty to animals

    At first, Facebook’s policies seem clear enough. Most start with a clear explanation of what it does and doesn’t tolerate. But often there are caveats. The Guardian has been told some moderators struggle to understand distinctions – and some feel overwhelmed by the task. Updates reflect shifting attitudes and political pressure but can further complicate the job.Facebook’s policies on graphic violence, non-sexual child abuse and animal abuse reveal its attempts to remain
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  • ‘You’d come in and think, what’s dead or escaped?’: inside Britain's most controversial zoo

    Last summer inspectors revealed that nearly 500 animals had died in a three-year period. Can a new team turn South Lakes Safari around?It’s 2pm at South Lakes Safari zoo. “Free entry!” reads the cheerful banner tacked on to the rustic wooden entrance gate. “Hand feed a baby giraffe!” But these enticements seem to have missed their mark today: I’m the only visitor. The enormous gift shop filled mostly with stuffed animals is empty of humans. The £20 famil
  • Appalling live elephant trade continues

    Namibia plans to export young elephants to DubaiHot on the heels of the controversy surrounding the sale of live baby elephants, snatched from Zimbabwe’s National Parks and exported to zoos in China, news has emerged that Namibia is planning to transfer five young elephants to a zoo in Dubai.The report suggests that the elephants, who are between 4 and 8 years old, are currently located at a private game farm in Northern Namibia which specialises in commercial trophy hunting.Born Free Foun
  • European Commission falls short on action needed to protect elephants

    On 16th May the European Commission published its “new measures to fight poaching and to end trade in raw ivory”.The announced measures include significant financial support for the implementation of agreed actions against illegal wildlife trade to be undertaken by the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and, from 1st July 2017, a suspension of raw ivory exports, for which the EU has been a significant source in r
  • On Wasps And Foxes: Rethinking Our Relationship With Animals - HuffPost UK

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    On Wasps And Foxes: Rethinking Our Relationship With Animals
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    The decisions we make as humans have too often thwarted logic. Nothing confirms this more than the last two years of western politics, where democracy has offered us Trump, Brexit, food banks, a crumbling NHS and catastrophic environmental regulations.en meer »
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  • Victory in Vancouver

    Key vote ends the keeping of whales and dolphins at the Vancouver Aquarium. After months of debate, consolidations and demonstrations, the Vancouver Park Board commissioners voted 6 to 1 to ban cetacean captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium. Furthermore, they amended the park bylaw to end captivity immediately, with the three cetaceans currently at the Aquarium to remain, but not allowed to perform. The Aquarium has apparently vowed to continue battling the bylaw and has apparently threa
  • Poorly pigeon commutes from Canary Wharf to Crawley

    A kind-hearted Crawley commuter had an unusual journey home this week, after he rescued a stranded baby pigeon, and brought him home on the train… in a gift bag!Lee Fern, who lives in Three Bridges, and works in Canary Wharf, spotted the little bird all alone on a busy pedestrian walkway when he arrived at the office on Tuesday 2nd May. Concerned that its nest may have been disturbed or destroyed by nearby building work, Lee went back at lunchtime to check on the bird, which was too terri
  • Powering Amboseli Homes by Solar

    By Simon Kasaine – Project Officer – simonk[at]bornfree.or.ke“It’s so dark in a manyatta, I could hardly see a thing!”
    This is always the first reaction of any first time visitor in a Maasai traditional house. In Amboseli, as in many other parts of the country, areas near towns are powered by electricity.  A few facilities use generators which are quite expensive.
    Most homes in Amboseli are dimly lit by tin lamps using paraffin and from the open fire on traditi
  • Zebra exploited by circus used in upcoming Benedict Cumberbatch film

    In the first few days of February 2017, the famous Brighton Pavilions site in Brighton, East Sussex, was closed to the public amid much fanfare as filming for a new production starring Sherlock actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, took place. The local press was filled with reports of the upcoming film, The Current War, and many reported on the somewhat confusing sighting of both a zebra and a llama on the film set during the days that the Pavilions were being used.
    Unfortunately, the use of performing
  • Breeding ban of captive dolphins derailed in Mexico

    The captivity industry in Mexico has appeared to have derailed an initiative by Mexico’s Green Party in trying to prevent the phasing-out of dolphin captivity. The result could mean many more years of exploitation for captive dolphins in Mexico.The Green Party had previously proposed a full ban on the reproduction of captive marine mammals but actions by the industry will allow each female dolphin to produce one more offspring. If the Senate votes in favour of the bill and the addendum in
  • Cosmas completes prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program

    Cosmas Mumba, Project Manager of the Born Free-supported GRI-Zambia Primate Project is currently taking part in a 3 week, fully-funded trip to the US. He was selected by the US Embassy in Zambia to take part in the U.S. Department of State's premier professional exchange program, their prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Through a series of meetings and visits to conservation projects in the U.S. Cosmas has shared ideas and knowledge with other emerging conservation lead
  • Scottish Government Publishes Bill to Ban Wild Animal Circuses

    The Born Free Foundation, along with campaign partners from across the UK, have welcomed publication of the Scottish Government Bill to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in Scotland.The Bill proposes a ban on all non-domesticated animals travelling and performing in circuses, and any form of display or exhibition in static premises such as winter quarters. 
    A Scottish Government consultation in 2014 produced an overwhelming response in favour of banning wild animal circuses
  • Orphaned Fox Cub’s Lucky Reunion

    Two orphaned fox cub siblings found in Brighton last week have been happily reunited with their lost brother, when they were rescued and taken to the Fox Project, a Tunbridge Wells-based charity dedicated to the red fox.Terrified Erica and her brother Leif were picked up on Wednesday 3rd May, having become trapped in an enclosed garden. Erica has a fractured hind leg, and so they were both taken to Arthur Lodge Vets in Horsham for treatment. Later that day the cubs were well enough to be dischar
  • 10 selfish reasons to save elephants

    Elephants can help humans live longer, healthier, happier lives. Help them, and we help ourselvesIt sometimes feels as if we are living in the elephant’s darkest hour. China may be closing down its domestic ivory trade and the EU getting to grips with smuggling, yet the poachers continue their bloody business. Meanwhile, forests are being destroyed, herds’ migration routes are being blocked, and humans and elephants are competing ever more fiercely for land, food and water.
    So this i
  • Cumbrian zoo where 500 animals died granted new licence - The Guardian

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    Cumbrian zoo where 500 animals died granted new licence
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    A zoo in Cumbria where nearly 500 animals died in less than four years has been granted a new licence by the local authority. In February a damning report on conditions at South Lakes Safari zoo in Dalton-in-Furness said 486 animals died of causes ...
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  • Controversial Zoo Granted New Licence

    South Lakes Safari Zoo, which hit the press earlier this year following allegations of poor conditions and the apparently high number of animal deaths, has been granted a new zoo licence.The Licensing Regulatory Committee of Barrow in Furness Council met on 9th May to review the application for a zoo licence from the Cumbria Zoo Company Ltd, which appears to comprise various members of the Zoo's staff but not the controversial former owner David Gill.Despite significant objections from Born Free
  • Breeding ban for captive dolphins in France

    Outdated legislation, which has regulated dolphinaria in France since 1981, has finally been updated and includes a breeding ban for captive dolphins across France.The new rules mean:An end to breeding, exchange and import programmes, meaning the scheduled end of dolphin captivity in France. It also means that the four killer whales held at Marineland in Antibes will be the last.An increase of at least 150% to the tank sizes of captive individualsThe addition of waves and waterfalls for environm
  • What will happen to farmers like me when Brexit turns our industry upside down? | Edward Barker

    Uncertainty seems the only thing we can be sure of after 25 years of EU regulation. But this could also be an opportunity to make decisions for ourselvesI manage a mixed 500 hectare farm in Northamptonshire growing cereals, and supporting a beef and sheep enterprise. As the weeks went by during the Brexit referendum campaign, it became clear that the plight of British agriculture was something of a footnote, occasionally referenced by remain and leave politicians as a means of supporting their v
  • Circus lion attacks trainer

    It has been reported that a male lion has attacked a circus trainer during a performance in Doullens, northern France, on Sunday 7th May 2017.  Footage available in the press shows that the lion locked his jaws around the keeper's throat and dragged him across the circus ring in front of horrified families and children. The person who appears to have filmed the video wrote on Facebook: 'It's my girl who screams in the video, she cried all night.'The trainer, who apparently raised and traine
  • Dubai goes to the dogs: city's expat culture leads to surge in abandoned pets

    Expats constitute 90% of the population of Dubai, and when they move on they often leave everything behind – including their temporary petsCharlie was kept in a cage for most of his short life; he was suffering from dehydration and a severe lung infection when he was handed to an animal rescue group in Dubai. Charlie is a two-year-old Yorkshire terrier – a breed that sells for up to 10,000 Arab Emirates Dirham (£2,130) in local pet shops. He was surrendered by his owners’
  • Born Free calls on all political candidates to prioritise wildlife protection

    The UK will be in the grip of General Election fever over the coming weeks.As a charity, Born Free does not endorse or support any particular political party. However, we are urging our supporters to make it clear to their Prospective Parliamentary Candidates that wildlife protection and animal welfare are hugely important issues that should be promoted by all political representatives, regardless of their party affiliations.Born Free has compiled a set of priorities which call on an incoming UK
  • A Dog’s Purpose review – tugged heartstrings and paws for thought

    Lasse Hallström’s canine tale is steeped in sentimentality, heavy with nostalgia and full of furry charm – but ultimately banal“What is the meaning of life? Are we here for a reason?” asks the protagonist pup in the unironically titled A Dog’s Purpose. Dog lover and director Lasse Hallström, who also made My Life As a Dog and Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, follows one canine (voiced by Josh Gad) through its various reincarnations (deaths notwithstanding) and r
  • The end of wild elephants? Why we must not let Africa become one giant food farm | Erik Solheim

    The world’s rapid population rise risks turning Africa into one giant farm with no room for wildlife. We need to think again, says the head of UN Environment
    Elephants are in big trouble. Even if we beat poaching and illegal trade, their potential doom has been sealed in projections for population growth, and has already been priced into the commonly accepted solutions to how we humans plan to feed ourselves well into the century – by looking to Africa to be our next big breadbasket.
  • Zoo with 500 dead animals to get new license - RT

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    Zoo with 500 dead animals to get new license
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    A zoo responsible for the deaths of 500 animals has been endorsed for a new license in spite of claims from a former employee that animals are being starved. The founder of South Lakes Safari Zoo in Cumbria, David Gill, had already been refused a new ...en meer »
  • Controversial zoo heading for new licence decision

    South Lakes Safari Zoo, which hit the press earlier this year following allegations of poor conditions and the apparently high number of animal deaths, is to be considered for a new zoo licence.The Licensing Regulatory Committee of Barrow in Furness Council is scheduled to meet on 9th May to review the application for a zoo licence from the Cumbria Zoo Company Ltd, which appears to comprise various members of the Zoo's staff but not the controversial former owner David Gill.Despite significant o
  • Dennis Quaid on A Dog’s Purpose: ‘I wouldn’t be here if I thought animals were abused on that set’

    After a career embracing mainstream success, drug abuse and eastern mysticism, the veteran actor says he has ‘more fire in his belly’ than ever. But his new film is in the headlines for all the wrong reasons …Dennis Quaid’s first dog was a basset hound called Gertrude. She wasn’t, he says with a laugh, the kind that would perform the rough-and-tumble tricks like the dogs in his new film – basset hounds not being known for their athleticism – but she was
  • New Home for Meru Team

    By Simiyu Newtone – Research Officer - simiyu[at]bornfree.or.keThe Meru field team has finally moved into a new home at the Park’s headquarters.As a child, my grandparents used to tell me stories of wildlife and interaction with humans. That instilled fear in me. I could not figure out how the KWS rangers lived in the midst of these creatures. Today, as a wildlife scientist and having lived in the wild, the experience is different! 
    For two years since 2015, we lived at the Muli
  • No harm in putting animals in the hold | Letters

    Jennifer White of Peta (Letters, 3 May) claims that it is cruel to transport animals in the cargo hold of aircraft. She fails to mention that not only are cargo holds heated and pressurised the same as the main cabin but also many thousands of animals are successfully transported in this manner every year.Moreover, she gives no alternative to this. It is simply not practical for safety reasons to transport live animals in the passenger cabin. Of course, any death is regrettable and should be inv
  • China Mission urges EU to act on ivory trade

    China’s mission to the European Union has urged the EU and European Countries to take ‘credible steps’ to effectively ban trade in ivory and ivory products.
    In a letter to British Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Catherine Bearder, who chairs the MEPs for Wildlife group, China’s Ambassador to the EU Yang Yani described in detail the action China is taking to bring an end to the commercial processing and sale of ivory and ivory products. In December 2016 Chinese Aut
  • The cruelty of flying animals in the cargo hold | Letters

    The giant rabbit which died during a long-haul flight (Report, 27 April) was failed first by the breeder – who churns out and sells baby bunnies when shelters and rescue groups are full of homeless rabbits – and then by United Airlines, which shipped it off in a cargo hold like an old suitcase. This rabbit’s death is not unique. More than 300 animals have died in cargo holds since 2005, and many more have been injured or lost. Peta urges United to join JetBlue and Southwest in
  • Hope for Ngaya Forest

    As told by Elder Galgalo to Linda Kimotho, Born Free KenyaAn imposing acacia tree once stood here, thriving in health, beauty and vigour and surrounded by smaller indigenous trees. Ngaya Forest was the hub of ambience and serenity with its branches offering cool shelter for all. It was a perfect place to recharge the soul and uplift the spirit. Pregnant elephants ambled here to give birth, hence its reference as the elephant maternity.
    Bird songs came in whistles, trills and chirps. Monkey chatt
  • The article that changed my view … of dairy production

    Edyta Mucha was moved to alter her diet, share her views, and support the Guardian after reading a piece about dairy farming Edyta Mucha, 38, is a veterinary inspector training to become an English teacher. She lives in New Warsaw, Poland. I read Chas Newkey-Burden’s opinion piece Dairy is scary: the public are waking up to the darkest part of farming last month and was immediately struck by how candid it was. It describes in detail the whole process of dairy production, and the practices
  • Black fox of Halifax: One of UK's rarest animals spotted on a garden wall - now there's hope of a breeding pair - Mirror.co.uk

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    Black fox of Halifax: One of UK's rarest animals spotted on a garden wall - now there's hope of a breeding pair
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    One of the UK's rarest animals - a black fox - has been spotted several times this year in Yorkshire, prompting some to believe that there is now a breeding pair. The stunning animal gets its unusual colouring from a super-rare genetic defect and has ...
    One Of UK's Rarest Animals Spotted Just Chilling On Garden WallUNILADalle 3 nieuwsartikelen »
  • Black fox of Halifax: One of UK's rarest animals spotted on a garden ... - Mirror.co.uk

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    Black fox of Halifax: One of UK's rarest animals spotted on a garden ...
    Mirror.co.uk
    One of the UK's rarest animals - a black fox - has been spotted several times this year in Yorkshire, prompting some to believe that there is now a breeding pair.
    One Of UK's Rarest Animals Spotted Just Chilling On Garden WallUNILADalle 3 nieuwsartikelen »
  • Black fox of Halifax: One of UK's rarest animals spotted on a garden wall - now ... - Mirror.co.uk

    Mirror.co.uk
    Black fox of Halifax: One of UK's rarest animals spotted on a garden wall - now ...
    Mirror.co.uk
    One of the UK's rarest animals - a black fox - has been spotted several times this year in Yorkshire, prompting some to believe that there is now a breeding pair. The stunning animal gets its unusual colouring from a super-rare genetic defect and has ...
    One Of UK's Rarest Animals Spotted Just Chilling On Garden WallUNILADalle 3 nieuwsartikelen »
  • The Animals (UK) - Undertheradar (press release)

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    The Animals were “one of the most important bands” in the British Invasion. Whilst The Beatles and Rolling Stones were the headliners, The Animals were the backbone of blues! With their legacy undeniable, New Zealand is in for a treat when original ...
  • Survey reveals zoos do not meet public expectations

    According to results published by Responsible Travel, zoos’ spend over ten times less on conservation than the public expects.
    The study*, commissioned by Responsible Travel through Censuswide, asked 1000 people who have visited a zoo in the last five years about their understanding of the contributions these facilities make to wildlife conservation and education. The findings conclude zoo visitors:Overestimate zoos’ financial contribution to species conservation. Are surprised to le
  • Anger after farm worker who admitted animal cruelty is not jailed

    Animal rights activists criticise suspended sentence given to apprentice Owen Nichol who was filmed attacking cow and calves Animal rights activists have criticised a decision not to jail a farm apprentice who was secretly filmed hitting, stamping on and throwing newborn calves at a Somerset farm.Owen Nichol, 18, who attacked the calves and a cow and repeatedly swore at the animals, was given a suspended prison sentence.Continue reading...
  • Protecting Animals Is Key To Averting Drought Disaster - Huffington Post UK

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    Protecting Animals Is Key To Averting Drought Disaster
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    Geoffrey Dennis Chief Executive of SPANA. He has extensive experience in international development and in directing major crisis relief operations. 2017-04-21-1492762741-3323679-SPANA1.jpg. Photo credit: SPANA. I've coordinated relief efforts from the ...
  • Tiger Temple to Golden Tiger

    Born Free is extremely concerned about the new captive tiger facility reportedly being built in Kanchanaburi, Thailand.A company called ‘Golden Tiger Co. Ltd’ has been granted a provisional licence to build and operate a ‘zoo’, which apparently plans to hold hundreds of tigers. We understand that there may also be plans for this zoo to use tigers as ‘props’ for souvenir tourist photographs and visitor interaction activities.
    It is believed that ‘Golden T
  • Faux fur being sold in UK stores is actually from animals - The Plaid Zebra (blog)

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    Faux fur being sold in UK stores is actually from animals
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    Purchasing faux fur is an ethical alternative to looking fashionable and chic without harming any animals. However, some stores in the UK have been selling real fur and passing it off as faux. The fibers of cats, raccoon dogs, and mink were found in ...
  • Polar Bear dies at SeaWorld San Diego

    A polar bear has died at SeaWorld San Diego this week. The 21-year-old female, Szenja, had been without her friend Snowflake for two months after Snowflake was shipped to a zoo in Pittsburgh for breeding purposes. Following the separation of the two companions, Szenja’s keepers said she had been showing signs of lethargy and loss of appetite. SeaWorld has said that it could be several weeks before the cause of death is determined, whilst there is even speculation that it was sheer loneline
  • Meet the UK's first pet minister who'll pray for your animals - whatever they've done - Metro

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    Meet the UK's first pet minister who'll pray for your animals - whatever they've done
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    Having a pet pass away can be extremely emotional – particularly when it comes to burying them next to your compost heap with little to no ceremony. But for the people of Lancashire, that's all about to change. How much pocket money should you be ...

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