• Trump describes elephant hunting as a “horror show”, hints at import ban

    Born Free cautiously welcomes a further development in the debate around elephant trophy imports into the United States.On 19th November, President Trump was reported to have described elephant hunting as a “horror show” and hinted  that a ban on elephant trophy imports would be enforced.This development emerged following international condemnation of the announcement just days before that a ban on the importation to the United States of elephant trophies from Zambia and Zimbabw
  • UK government votes that animals are incapable of feeling emotion and pain - Boing Boing

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    UK government votes that animals are incapable of feeling emotion and pain
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    A majority of the UK's members of parliament somehow know that non-human animals are incapable feeling pain or experiencing emotions. I guess that means when you see an animal suffering, it's just faking it. From the UK's Independent: MPs have voted to ...en meer »
  • Jewellery to help wildlife?

     
    Jalawi is a new project run by the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust to make use of wire snares collected through anti-poaching operations in Malawi. This project helps upcycle snare wire, provides an income for a local women’s group and supports the Wildlife Emergency Response Unit by offering animal friendly souvenirs.Thanks to you, in August, Born Free were able to award a Global Friends grant for the purchase of the start-up materials for this project, which is supporting LWT’s &lsq
  • US puts elephant trophy imports on hold

    Trump suspends imports of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe & Zambia pending review. A step towards sanity?Apparently responding to widespread criticism, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, has suspended a decision taken only days ago to allow imports of elephant and other trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe into the USA, activities banned under the previous administration, pending a review. The move had generated widespread national and international criticism with concerns h
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  • Fate of lynx shot dead in Wales raises questions over 'hobby zoos'

    Hollywood film We Bought a Zoo showed feelgood side of amateur zookeeping, but some are calling for tighter restrictionsWhen the Mee family bought Dartmoor Zoological Park in October 2006, it was in a state of complete dilapidation. The initial attraction had been the 12-bedroom, 18th-century house on the edge of the Dartmoor national park in Devon, with the attached zoo a “massive encumbrance” that was putting off buyers.After some research the former science journalist Benjamin Mee
  • Born Free condemns self-serving US move to lift ban on elephant trophy imports

    International wildlife charity the Born Free Foundation has strongly criticised the decision by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to reverse a ban, introduced by the Obama administration in 2015, on the import of trophies from elephants killed by American trophy hunters in Zambia and Zimbabwe, claiming it could prove disastrous for elephants.The Trump administration’s decision will enable scores of American hunters to follow in the footsteps of the President’s eldest son, Don Jnr, and
  • Elephant Trophy Imports - US Lifts Ban

    In a move which could prove disastrous for elephants, the US Fish and Wildlife service has reversed a ban, introduced by the Obama administration in 2015, on the import of trophies from elephants killed by American trophy hunters in Zambia and Zimbabwe.Born Free’s Associate Director Mark Jones said: “Elephants are dying in their tens of thousands each year at the hands of ivory poachers, and are in serious decline across the African continent. They can’t withstand the additiona
  • Bounty for Meru Wildlife

    By Victor Cheruiyot, Shadrack Kimeu & Moses Gitonga – Born Free Kenya, Meru Field TeamThere is hope for wildlife in Meru National Park from the ongoing rains. The Park has thirteen rivers coursing through it, and with the current rains beating the whole country, they have all burst their banks straining movement.The rains have come with blessings. Pasture and water for the wildlife is in plenty. For the past one year, Meru and its neighbouring ecosystems had been ravaged by severe drou
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  • Trophy review – stomach-turning doc takes aim at big-game hunters

    The macabre ultra-luxury sport of ‘canned’ trophy hunting in Africa comes under unflinching scrutiny in a documentary to make your blood boilTrophy is a documentary about the highly commodified and macabre ultra-luxury sport of “canned” trophy hunting, in which legally restricted big-game hunting events in various African states are auctioned off for colossal sums to rich people, often from the United States. These smug types want to play at being the great white hunter b
  • I released 2,000 minks from a fur farm. Now I'm a convicted terrorist | Kevin Johnson

    The FBI says animal rights activists are America’s greatest domestic terrorism threat. This endangers activists – but makes big pharma and agriculture happyPeople usually laugh when I tell them I am a convicted terrorist.I try not to open with that – it seems a little bit forward. First, I explain how my friend Tyler and I entered a fur farm in the dead of night. I describe the unspeakable suffering we found there. I tell people how Tyler and I opened every single cage and rele
  • Monitoring the Rescued Lion, Kenya

    Simiyu Newton, Research Officer, Born Free Kenya - simiyu[at]bornfree.or.ke
    Simon - the former dominant Mulika pride male - has a lineage to be proud of. He has sired eight lions that form the formidable nine individuals of the Mulika pride. They are two adult females and six sub-adults. He single-handedly protected this pride for more than three years until last month.
    His defeat by two younger and energetic males of the Nairobi Girls pride left him physically wounded and without a pride. These
  • Second lynx dies at troubled Welsh Zoo

    A young Eurasian Lynx who had previously escaped from Borth Zoo in Wales has been shot dead by marksmen contracted by the local council. Lillith escaped from the zoo over two weeks ago after jumping over an electric fence. She was shot and killed on Friday after attempts to recapture her failed and authorities deemed the threat to the public ‘severe’.
    In a further shocking twist, reports have emerged from the UK Lynx Trust that keepers at the zoo had killed a second lynx last week. T
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  • Queensland council stands by $10 bounty for adult feral cat scalps

    Banana shire also offers $5 for feral kitten scalps, $30 for dingoes or wild dogs and $10 for foxes, despite claims of animal crueltyA Queensland local council will not back down on a controversial bounty that offers $10 for the scalps of feral cats, despite animal rights activists calling it cruel and unnecessary. Banana shire introduced the bounty last month, which offers $10 for the scalp of an adult feral cat, and $5 for a kitten. Feral cats are estimated to kill 750,000 birds a day in Austr
  • Ireland announces animal circus ban

    New regulations to ban the use of wild animals in circuses, due to come into force in January 2018, were signed yesterday in the Republic of Ireland. Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, said in a statement released yesterday: “The use of wild animals for entertainment purposes in circuses can no longer be permitted. This is the general view of the public at large and a position I am happy to endorse. This is a progressive move, reflective of our
  • Koala found dead with ears cut off in case of 'disgusting' animal cruelty

    Marsupial’s body found on Hopkins Point Road at Warrnambool in Victoria’s south-west on MondayA koala has been found dead with its ears cut off in Victoria’s south-west as police investigate a spate of animal mutilations in the area. The koala’s body was found about two kilometres east of Hopkins bridge on Hopkins Point Road at Warrnambool on Monday by an SES worker. Related: Paws for thought: drivers warned to look out for animal stowawaysContinue reading...
  • Australian greyhound owners fined over exports to cruel conditions in China

    Three owners bought 166 dogs from NSW racetracks and sold them overseas, including to a Shanghai zoo which races the animals against cheetahsThree greyhound owners have been fined for exporting 166 dogs to cruel conditions in China, including to a Shanghai zoo notorious for racing the animals against cheetahs.The large-scale unauthorised greyhound export scheme relied on buying unwanted dogs at cheap prices from New South Wales racetracks and selling them on to China for profit.Related: Secret f
  • Help us to end Christmas exploitation

    It’s that time of year when thoughts turn to all things festive. With shops starting to display magical snow scenes, reindeer and penguins appear in the form of models, animations, merchandise and illustrations all over the country. But some businesses each year go a step further and feature live reindeer or penguins at their events, and this is something that we believe must be brought to an end.While they may seem familiar, both reindeer and penguins are wild animals and are not native t
  • Cyprus dog deaths push animal abuse on to election agenda

    Three months before presidential ballot, growing outrage over treatment of animals is forcing politicians to actA public outcry over cases of horrific abuse against dogs has pushed animal rights to the forefront of the political agenda in Cyprus, three months before presidential elections.There was outrage over the summer when nine dogs belonging to a family of hunters were burned alive in cages they were never allowed to leave. Continue reading...
  • VOTE: Should the UK ban the use of animals in circuses? - Worcester News

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    VOTE: Should the UK ban the use of animals in circuses?
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    Today Italy became the 41st country to pass a national law prohibiting animals in circuses - with an estimated 100 circuses using about 2,000 animals in the country. In England, the government has stated that it remains committed to a ban but has given ...en meer »
  • Call for European Commission to ban commercial trade in ivory

    International wildlife NGOs have joined forces to call on the European Commission to safeguard the future of elephants by recommending a ban on the commercial trade of all ivory and ivory products into, within and from EU Member States without delay.Europe plays asurprisingly significant role in the continuing trade in ivory. In 2014 and2015, EU Member States reported exports of 1,258 tusks, and more than 20,000other ivory items.
    The European Commission has launched a public consultation on ivor
  • Photo of elephant and calf fleeing fire-throwing mob wins top prize

    Photograph taken in eastern India, titled ‘Hell is here’, shows crowd hurling flaming tar balls at animalsAn arresting image showing an adult elephant and its calf fleeing a mob attack has won a top Asian wildlife photography prize.It shows the two animals running among a crowd that has hurled flaming tar balls and crackers at them, reportedly to ward the elephants away from human settlements.Related: The dark side of wildlife tourism: thousands of Asian elephants held in cruel condi
  • Endangered Vaquita dies after capture

    Vaquitas are a are type of porpoise found in Northern California. Today, there are thought to be fewer than 30 vaquita porpoises in the wild, making this the world’s most critically endangered marine mammal. In an apparent attempt to save this endangered species, a very troubling project has begun to establish a captive breeding program in the sea of Cortez, which has involved capturing remaining individuals from the wild and placing them in a sea pen. This project is the initiative of the
  • Change is the only Only Constant

    By Phoebe Odhiang – Education Programme Officer – phoebe[at]bornfree.or.keOur founders had a vision, to keep wildlife in the wild. One of the ways they intended to achieve this was to “work with local communities who live alongside wildlife to promote tolerance and co-existence. And to bring about decisions that have a positive lasting impact on animal welfare and wildlife conservation by raising the profile and importance of these issues with policymakers, the wider public and
  • Change is the Only Constant

    By Phoebe Odhiang – Education Programme Officer, Born Free Kenya – phoebe[at]bornfree.or.keOur founders had a vision, to keep wildlife in the wild. One of the ways they intended to achieve this was to “work with local communities who live alongside wildlife to promote tolerance and co-existence. And to bring about decisions that have a positive lasting impact on animal welfare and wildlife conservation by raising the profile and importance of these issues with policymakers, the
  • Tiger attack at Russian Zoo

    A zoo keeper at Kaliningrad Zoo in Russia has narrowly escaped death after being attacked by one of the zoo’s tigers. Shocking photos have been published of the attack, showing the large male tiger on top of the terrified keeper. The incident is believed to have happened after a cage door was left open accidentally, allowing the tiger to enter its enclosure, whilst the keeper was inside during feeding time. After no other members of zoo staff could be located, visitors witnessing
  • Fox says public won't accept lower food standards in chlorinated chicken row

    Change in stance stance comes day after Trump adviser said that a US-UK trade deal hinged on scrapping EU food import rulesThe international trade secretary, Liam Fox, has said the British public will not accept the diluting of animal welfare standards, a day after Donald Trump’s most senior trade adviser said a US-UK trade deal hinged on scrapping EU food standards regulations, including on chlorinated chicken.On Monday, Wilbur Ross, the US commerce secretary, suggested any post-Brexit de
  • Blizzard Really Likes Sticking Jetpacks on Random Animals - Kotaku UK (blog)

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    Blizzard Really Likes Sticking Jetpacks on Random Animals
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    In the process of creating a video game, a lot of designs make it to paper before being later scrapped, and we rarely get to hear anything about those early concepts. One Overwatch hero scrapped before launch, who has been mentioned in interviews in ...en meer »
  • Born Free leads efforts to ban trophy imports from Tanzania

    Born Free is leading a campaign to stop trophy hunters bringing lion and elephant trophies into the European Union from Tanzania.A letter initiated by Born Free, and signed by 22 prominent civil society groups, has been sent to the European Commission and authorities in EU member states, urging them to overturn decisions that allow hunters to import lion trophies, and trophies from elephants derived from certain populations, from the East African country.  
    Born Free’s Associate
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  • Climate Change in Amboseli: An Elder’s View

    As narrated by Elder Ole Dokolo to Stephen Melubo – Monitoring & Evaluation Officer – stephen.m[at]bornfree.or.keEverything has totally changed!
    I was born in Amboseli and have lived all my 97 years here. Decades back, long before Mount Kilimanjaro lost its white crown, this area used to have plenty of grass for our livestock.  The four main rivers in the ecosystem - Kimana, Isinet, Nolturesh and Kikaragot – flowed continuously and had sufficient water for us all. &nbs
  • The Bushmeat Conversation

    Born Free’s Associate Director of Conservation Africa, Liz Greengrass, recently returned from Southwest Cameroon, where she was introducing her Elephant Guardian Programme in communities around the Banyang-Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary - here are her thoughts on tackling bushmeat hunting in the region. 
    'The trek to Tangang, a remote village in southwest Cameroon, takes nine hours and it’s not without event. After six hours at Etiwang we face crossing a swollen headstrong river. &ldquo
  • Infectious Diseases 2017 - poultrymed

    Infectious Diseases 2017
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    Sales of antibiotics for use in animals in the UK have fallen to their lowest level since records began, exceeding a government target to combat the threat of antibiotic resistance (AMR) two years early. A Defra report released on 27 Oct 2017, shows ...en meer »
  • UK sales of antibiotics for animals drop to record low - Zenopa

    UK sales of antibiotics for animals drop to record low
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    The government has welcomed new data showing that sales of antibiotics for use in animals in the UK have dropped to a record low. Figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have shown that sales of antibiotics for use in ...en meer »
  • Lynx escapes from animal park in Wales

    A female Eurasian lynx has escaped from “Borth Wild Animal Kingdom”, a zoo near Aberystwyth. The wild cat, named Lilith, is about twice the size of a domestic cat and reportedly escaped during the last five days. Local police are asking people to contact them or the zoo directly if the animal is seen. "The lynx is unlikely to approach people, but may attempt to take livestock or pets as food," said a police spokeswoman.The troubled zoo had only recently been bought by new owners. The
  • It isn’t just halal slaughter that Britain needs to make more humane | Masuma Rahim

    As a Muslim I support Lancashire’s ban on non-stunned halal meat in schools. But how we treat the animals we eat is the issue here – not religious complianceAfter a long – and heated – debate, councillors in Lancashire voted on Thursday to ban the supply of non-stunned meat in state schools. The decision has resulted in some controversy over the status of kosher and halal meat, which has legal exemption from being pre-stunned, with one Labour councillor describing the ban
  • Relief in Meru Park

    Simiyu Newtone, Research Officer - simiyu[at]bornfree.or.keFive months. It has been five long, dreary months since a single drop fell over the vast Meru Park. Worse, it’s been a year since Meru received some good rains. To survive, the wildlife concentrated along the drying rivers and swampy areas. Temperatures sometimes soared above 35 degrees Celsius. The earth lay bare and patchy in some areas, and the wind would raise fine reddish dust giving us and the wildlife a new hue. A herd of el
  • Threatened wildlife gets much-needed lifeline at international Convention

    Many species of animals are in precipitous decline across the globe. In most cases, these species are shared by multiple countries. Wild animals don’t respect international borders, and collaboration between countries and their governments is clearly essential in order to ensure that threatened animals are protected throughout their range. Facilitating international collaboration to enhance the conservation of wild animals that span borders is what the UN Convention on the Conservatio
  • Zoo Animals In UK Have Pumpkin Party « CBS New York - CBS New York

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    Pumpkin parties are always a roaring good time when they're at the zoo!en meer »
  • Tortoise, Panthers & Bears, Oh My! Zoo Animals Have Blast At Pumpkin Party - CBS New York

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    Tortoise, Panthers & Bears, Oh My! Zoo Animals Have Blast At Pumpkin Party
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    1010 WINS — Pumpkin parties are always a roaring good time when they're at the zoo! Animals at the Chester Zoo in the UK had a great time playing around with spooky Halloween pumpkins and everyone got in on the fun. The Galapagos Tortoises had a ...en meer »
  • Animals discover Halloween surprises at London Zoo - Belfast Telegraph

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    Animals discover Halloween surprises at London Zoo
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    In the lead-up to Halloween, tigers, penguins, meerkats and squirrel monkeys at ZSL London Zoo enjoy some special treats. by Taboola by Taboola · Sponsored Links Sponsored Links · Promoted Links Promoted Links. From the web. ActivatedYou.
  • Time to give hedgehogs a helping hand

    Horsham-based international wildlife charity Born Free is reminding people to look out for hedgehogs who might be in trouble at this time of year.At the end of October hedgehogs start looking for a place to hibernate, and with Guy Fawkes’ Night just around the corner, a pile of dry leaves in the garden or an unlit bonfire are attractive places for a sleepy hedgehog looking for somewhere to build its nest.Born Free’s Tarnya Knight says: “Hedgehog populations are in decline in th
  • Bluetongue-positive animals have been imported to UK - Somerset County Gazette

    Bluetongue-positive animals have been imported to UK
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    Cattle in a consignment from an assembly centre in France have tested positive for Bluetongue virus BTV-8 says Defra and the Scottish government. The animals entered the UK earlier this month destined for four farms in England (Preston and Kendal) and ...
  • Elephants need your help

    Public consultations on ivory trade are like buses – nothing for months, then two come at once!The UK Government has launched a public consultation on proposals to end sales of ivory in the UK. We firmly believe it should do so.The European Commission mission has also launched a consultation to ‘gather views’ to help inform the ‘possible adoption of additional EU measures regarding ivory trade’. We believe the EU also needs to introduce comprehensive restrictions on
  • International conservation conference offers hope for iconic species

    Born Free is encouraging more than 124 Governments to back important proposals to safeguard the future of iconic wildlife such as elephants, lions, leopards, chimpanzees and giraffes ahead of the start of the 12th Conference of the Parties (CoP12) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).CMS is the only global agreement between Governments exclusively focused on the conservation of animals who move across international borders. The listing of a species und
  • National Trust defeats move to ban trail hunting on its land

    Board accused of bowing to hunting lobby after it uses proxy votes to sway result in its favourThe National Trust was accused of succumbing to pressure from the hunting lobby after a motion to ban trail hunting on the organisation’s land was narrowly defeated at its annual conference on Saturday, sparking warnings that some members would cancel their subscriptions in disgust.Members, including the explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, had backed the motion as a means of prohibiting trail hunting &
  • Horn trimming rhinos in South Africa – in pictures

    Rhino farmers in South Africa dehorn their rhinos to discourage poaching and protect the endangered species, but breeding and dehorning rhinos also creates a potential cash crop. It drives an debate about animal welfare and whether an ethical solution has been found for a controversial demand. Photographer Leon Neal spent time on the ranch of rhino breeder John Hume Continue reading...
  • Ivory: The Grey Areas

    A citizen science group called Two Million Tusks (TMT) has published a review of ivory sales through British auction houses entitled “Ivory: The Grey Areas”.The report reveals widespread flouting of the law by many auction houses. It also confirms that a ban on ivory trade in the UK will have little impact on the commercial viability of auction houses.Its publication coincides with a Government consultation on its plans to ban ivory trade in the UK.TMT was formed in 2016, when four i
  • A puppy for Putin – but for dogs in Turkmenistan it's open slaughter

    Berdymukhamedov’s presentation of a puppy to Vladimir Putin is ironic, given the bloodbath of stray dogs and cats over which he has presided in AshgabatThe Turkmenistan president’s present to his Russian counterpart last week suggested a twist on the oft-quoted saying: if you want a friend in politics, give them a dog.At a much-documented meeting in Sochi, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov gave Vladimir Putin a Central Asian shepherd puppy for the Russian president’s 65th birthday (an
  • Stonehenge builders feasted on animals brought from Scotland ... - The Guardian

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    Stonehenge builders feasted on animals brought from Scotland ...
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    Analysis for Feast! exhibition suggest workers ate hog roasts and beef stew made from animals taken to England by boat.en meer »
  • Stonehenge builders feasted on animals brought from Scotland, study shows - The Guardian

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    Stonehenge builders feasted on animals brought from Scotland, study shows
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    Analysis for Feast! exhibition suggests workers ate hog roasts and beef stew made from animals taken to Wiltshire by boat. An artist's impression of some of the food consumed by the builders of Stonehenge. Photograph: Andre Pattenden/PA. Stonehenge ...en meer »

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