Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Born Free USA Campaigns

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The Born Free-supported plane spots an SUV vehicle too close to the shoreline

Adam Roberts brings us news from our affiliate organisation in America.

Action in Israel

The summer 2006 Wildlife Times reported on our new project to protect wildlife in Israel with an airplane patrol. The Born Free-supported ‘Plane Vanilla’, a Piper Super Cub operated by the Israeli NGO1 Sparrow, patrols forests, farmland and beaches, identifying illegal snares, poisoned carcasses (used to bait carnivores), and vehicles recklessly driving on beaches.

These efforts have already paid off. In one instance (pictured), a group of picnickers drove their sports utility vehicle to the water’s edge on a beach north of Tel Aviv. Israeli law now forbids motor vehicles within 100m of any shoreline, to prevent sea turtle nests and ground-nesting shore birds from being crushed. The plane’s pilot caught these and other drivers violating this new law. A campaign is now educating the public and encouraging careful drivers.

In another case, the plane was used to identify illegal garbage dumping in the Harushim Nature Reserve. We trust that the presence of this aircraft will ensure strong wildlife protection, deter would-be poachers, and facilitate apprehension and prosecution of offenders.

Past Campaigns

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Monkeys don't make good pets

Action in America

Born Free is one of the driving forces behind efforts to reduce the number of wild animals kept as pets in America. In 2003, legislation was enacted to prevent the trade in big cats as pets; lions, tigers, leopards, cheetah, jaguars, cougars and their hybrids.

Now, we’re on the brink of adding primates to the list of prohibited pet animals, as the United States Senate passed the Captive Primate Safety Act on July 11, 2006. We will be working to get the House of Representatives to approve the bill as well before Congress adjourns for the year. There are literally thousands of monkeys, macaques, and other precious primates across America confined to cages or indoors, left without other (nonhuman) primate companions, and forced to eat our food and dress in human clothes. We must keep all primates out of people’s homes and only in the wild.

Action at CITES

I represented Born Free at the recent meeting of the Animals Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The meeting was held in Lima, Peru from 7-13 July. Among important issues on the agenda were the conservation of great apes and promotion of humane transport conditions for live animal exports.

Born Free played a key role in both of these issues, as well as other technical matters, and will continue to do so until the next full meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES in The Hague, the Netherlands in June 2007.

Find out more

Contact Adam for a copy of his CITES trip report.

Adam Roberts

Born Free USA Vice President

¹Non governmental organisation
Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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