Westminster event postponed

The thoughts and sympathies of everyone at the Born Free Foundation are with all those affected by the terrorist attack at Westminster yesterday.

Born Free was due to hold an event – Beyond the Bars: The Welfare of Captive Wild Animals in the UK – at Portcullis House on the evening of the 22nd March. The Born Free team were in the process of travelling to the event when the tragedy unfolded, and are thankfully all safe and well.

Due to the horrific attack, our event was postponed. But it has not been cancelled. The issues the Beyond the Bars report sought to address – setting out a 15-point Priority Plan designed to improve and safeguard the future welfare of the millions of wild animals kept in captivity in the UK, in zoos, circuses – and as exotic pets – are crucial, and our message must be brought to the attention of MPs at Westminster as soon as possible. Our concerns for the welfare of captive wild animals – concerns shared by millions of British citizens – lie at the very heart of everything we do at Born Free, and we will continue to seek a better, more compassionate future for them.

Born Free will be in touch with all those due to attend Beyond the Bars as soon as possible with further news of the rescheduled event.

Like the rest of the UK, today is business as usual at Born Free. And we stand shoulder to shoulder with all those who refuse to be intimidated by terrorism and will not live our lives in fear. We stand for freedom.

Will Travers

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