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BORN FREE USA UNITED WITH ANIMAL PROTECTION INSTITUTE

  • Sacramento, CA
  • https://www.bornfreeusa.org

Mission Statement

Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute works to alleviate the unnecessary suffering of wild animals in captivity, rescue individual animals, protect wildlife - including highly endangered species - in their natural habitats, and encourage compassionate conservation globally.

Main Programs

  1. Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary
  2. Captive Exotic Animals as Pets and in Entertainment
  3. Wildlife Trade
  4. Trapping and Fur
  5. Global Field Projects

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International

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ruling year

1968

chief executive for fy 2014

Mr. Adam M. Roberts

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Keywords

animals, animal welfare, wildlife, conservation, protection, advocacy, legislation

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EIN

94-6187633

Physical Address

1122 S Street

Sacramento, 95811 6525

Also Known As

Born Free USA

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

Born Free USA campaigns nationwide for policy change to protect animals, and we have a long history of success in captive and exotic wildlife issues. We have been responsible for the introduction and passage of important anti-cruelty and wildlife conservation legislation at the state and federal level as well as much-needed regulatory reform. Born Free USA is a nongovernmental observer participant at the Meetings of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), an international agreement between governments that regulates the trade in wild animals and plants to ensure that international trade does not threaten their survival. Our efforts have resulted in global protection for elephants, rhinos, bears, tigers, and many other endangered species. We also activate the public with information and calls to action that allow them to make a difference for animals.

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary

The Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary, located on 186 acres 90 miles south of San Antonio in Dilley, Texas, provides a safe, permanent home for more than 600 nonhuman primates. Many of these primates were rescued from laboratories, roadside attractions, private ownership, and other abusive and exploitative situations. Residents are comprised of macaques, baboons, and vervets.
Nonhuman primates are widely exploited in cruel and unnatural ways. When these animals are no longer deemed useful as pets or research subjects, or when they are seized from illegal situations by law enforcement, sanctuaries must exist to provide them a home—as the alternative is often death. After experiencing cruelty, a sanctuary may be their only hope for a second chance to live, free from their former abuses. Residents experience grass, sunshine, a warm breeze on their face, the ability to climb a tree, and the companionship and comfort of others of their own kind often for the first time in their lives.
The Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary is a leader in the field. We stand out because of the size and composition of our animal enclosures, the largest of which is 50 acres. Habitats are great in size and are filled with trees and brush, allowing the rescued animals the ability to live as similarly as possible to what nature intended. The sanctuary is not open to the public and never puts the animals on display for entertainment or educational purposes.

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Captive Exotic Animals as Pets and in Entertainment

Across the United States, millions of exotic animals are kept in private homes, roadside zoos, circuses, and other captive situations. The trade in exotic animals is a multi-billion dollar industry, and exotic animals are bred, sold, and traded in large numbers. These animals—including, among other species, lions, tigers, cougars, wolves, bears, monkeys, alligators, and venomous snakes and other reptiles—pose grave dangers to human health and safety when privately owned. By their very nature, exotic animals are unpredictable and are incapable of being domesticated or tamed. Born Free USA works to prohibit or severely restrict the private possession of exotic animals through legislation, law enforcement, and public education.
In addition to Born Free USA’s work against the private ownership of exotic animals, we work to reform the way zoos, circuses, aquariums, and other entertainment venues operate. We advocate for the closing down of the worst facilities, stopping the importation of wild animals for zoos, and changing the species in zoo collections to lean more toward rescued native wildlife in need rather than exotic wild specimens.
Born Free USA campaigns against the use of wild animals as pets and in all entertainment venues. We are committed to using every tool at our disposal—from lobbying, to lawsuits, to grassroots organizing—to end the cruel exploitation of wildlife for human amusement and profit.

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Wildlife Trade

Born Free USA works against the international wildlife trade. Global commercialization of wild animals and plants is a multi-billion dollar industry and can result in extreme animal cruelty and serious population declines. Animals affected by this trade include primates, reptiles, and other species traded as "pets"; exotic birds; bears, tigers, and rhinos, who are among the species coveted for their body parts, organs, and products made from them; and elephants, who are shipped live to zoos across the globe, hunted for their tusks, or killed after conflict with people.
Born Free USA is an NGO participant at the Meetings of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which regulates commercial international trade of threatened and endangered species.

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Trapping and Fur

Born Free USA works to end the use of body-gripping traps in the U.S. with emphasis on banning trapping in national wildlife refuges and in state and local areas. Our campaigns also aim to reduce the supply, demand, and social acceptance of fur fashions through consumer education, fashion design contests, and attitude changes among retailers.
Each year, millions of furbearing animals are killed under the auspices of "nuisance wildlife control" and millions more are killed in the name of fashion. Indiscriminate body-crushing traps are used to capture or kill furbearing animals who are deemed a "nuisance" or who are valued only for the fur on their backs. Once an animal is caught, he or she may remain in a trap for several days before starving or dying from exposure. Snares, which are like wire nooses, can cause trapped animals to slowly strangle to death.
Fur represents senseless pain and suffering—and farm-raised fur is no exception. Animals on fur farms live in a state of constant fear and are kept in tiny, filthy cages, deprived of the ability to express natural behavior. Moreover, no U.S. laws regulate how animals on fur farms are to be housed or killed
Born Free USA works to protect animals from cruel traps and to bring an end to the barbaric fur trade. Today, fewer than 150,000 people trap in the U.S., each earning less than a few hundred dollars per year (on average). Yet, the federal government continues to expand trapping on public lands—even in the National Wildlife Refuge System.

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Global Field Projects

Internationally, we have projects on the ground in Ethiopia, including a wildlife sanctuary and education center; we have robust projects in east and central Africa to support wildlife rangers and anti-poaching efforts to save elephants from the illegal ivory trade; we work with the Maasai in Kenya to build lion-proof “bomas” that keep their livestock safe from predation and therefore keep lions safe from retaliatory killing; and we support tiger protection projects in India and marine work in Tanzania. We also fight against the overexploitation of wildlife through international trade.
In more remote regions of Africa and Asia, we have taken a holistic approach to wildlife conservation by working to support local schools and communities, which will in turn benefit the local wildlife and environment. One of our global field projects, The Global Friends Program, supports the needs of schools or community groups, whether for text books, tree nursery building materials, or to help them raise awareness of a specific local environmental issue. By providing a more productive learning atmosphere, environmental education can become a higher priority and both wildlife and the community will benefit.

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Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Born Free USA aims to Keep Wildlife in the Wild, where they rightfully belong, as free as possible from human interference. We address the following specific needs:
    • Protecting species in their natural habitat
    • Rescuing and, where possible rehabilitating, wild animals from appalling captive situations
    • Implementing practical solutions to enable humans and wildlife to live in harmony
    • Uncovering and raising awareness about cruelty to wild animals
    • Preparing legislation to protect captive wild animals and their wild counterparts
    • Preventing international trade in wild animals and their body parts
    • Developing public policy changes in various arenas
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Millions of animals suffer at the hands of human beings, kept as “pets,” displayed as attractions in conditions that compromise their physical and mental well-being, or killed in the name of fashion or décor. In our campaigns against such cruelties, we use powerful tools including legislation, public education, litigation, grassroots advocacy and work actively with media to spread the word about challenges facing animals.

    Exotic Pets: Prohibit private possession of wild animals. Activities center around opportunities to bring this issue to light in the public eye. Our current flagship piece of legislation is the Captive Primate Safety Act, recently reintroduced into Congress to ban the interstate transport of monkeys and deliver a big blow to the pet trade. It builds upon similar legislation passed with our assistance to stop the trade in big cats as pets.

    Animals in Entertainment: Animals are sentenced to a lifetime of misery for the sake of a few moments of human entertainment at circuses and in zoos, roadside attractions, and aquariums. Born Free USA’s Zoo Check Program engages the public in tracking and reporting abuses and substandard conditions in zoos. We offer educational materials on circuses and resources for individuals seeking to institute municipal policies to ban traveling shows that use live animals. We also work to close elephant exhibits (one of the species who suffer most in confinement) and have individuals moved to a sanctuary that can better meet their needs.

    Trapping and Fur: End the use of body-gripping traps in the United States with emphasis on banning trapping in National Wildlife Refuges and in state and local areas as opportunities arise, and to reduce the supply, demand, and social acceptance of fur fashions. Safe Trails provides information on the perils traps pose and how to cope with trap-related emergencies. We manage a Fur Free Retailer Program and host an annual fur free design competition to prove that compassion is always in fashion. We plan to continue to press for passage of the Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act.

    Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary: Provides a safe, permanent home in spacious, natural habitats for more than 600 primates, giving them a second chance to live a peaceful life as close to what nature intended as possible. At the sanctuary monkeys experience – often for the first time in their lives – sunshine, trees, the ability to run and play, and the companionship of their own kind.

    Wildlife Trade & Field-Based Conservation: We fight against the overexploitation of wildlife through international trade that results in extreme animal cruelty and serious population declines. We are a participant at CITES and we have projects on the ground in Ethiopia including a wildlife sanctuary and education center; work with the Masai in Kenya to keep livestock safe from predation and therefore lions safe from retaliatory killing; and support tiger protection projects in India and marine work in Tanzania.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Born Free USA and its leadership team are internationally respected experts on wildlife conservation matters.

    Will Travers, Chief Executive Officer, has dedicated most of his life to wildlife issues, ever since he lived with his family in Kenya while his parents, Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers, made the film Born Free (1966). In 1984 he co-founded the charitable organization which has become known as The Born Free Foundation. Born Free’s projects and campaigns now span five continents and are supported worldwide. Will is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a member of the IUCN SSC Reintroduction Specialist Group and a member of the Special Forces Club, and is President of the Species Survival Network (SSN) an international coalition of more than 80 organizations committed to the promotion, enhancement and strict enforcement of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Will also helped Ian Redmond and the United Nations Environment Programme initiate GRASP (Great Ape Survival Partnership) which is creating a strategic global framework for wild great ape conservation.

    Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President, co-founded Born Free USA in 2002 to bring the UK-based Born Free Foundation's message of compassionate conservation to the U.S. public. Adam serves on influential panels from Washington, D.C., to China and conducts lectures and other speaking engagements. He has significant expertise in international wildlife trade and captive wild animals and serves on the board of directors of the Species Survival Network. Adam helped found the Global Federation of Animals Sanctuaries in 2007 and serves as President of the Board. Adam is also a member of the board of Humane USA and Rockin’ the Rage. In 2003 he founded The $10 Club, a charity to fund poverty alleviation projects in developing countries.

    In addition to being leading experts, we work alongside the other experts in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Born Free USA has cultivated relationships with Presidents, including His Excellency, Girma Wolde-Gioris of Ethiopia and with members of Congress. We collaborate with other knowledgeable and influential groups such as the Humane Society of the United States, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority, Interpol, and the Oxford University Wildlife Conservation Unit.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    With diverse programs across many regions, Born Free USA’s impact, and the assessment of that impact, varies. A few examples are outlined below:
    • Within our rescue programs, we consider our impact in terms of how many animals have been rescued and their quality of life, how many we returned to the wild and their survival. Each animal which we are able to rescue and offer better conditions to can be considered a success.
    • Within our legislative work, we consider the introduction of federal bills a success in itself but, of course, their enactment into law provides the ultimate triumph.
    • Our success of our lion-proof boma program can be measured by the number of livestock lost to predators, the number of lions lost to retaliatory killings and the number of communities that apply to become part of the program.
    • We undertake significant public awareness work throughout the USA and worldwide on a variety of issues. This is particularly difficult to measure but through assessing such indicators as hits on our website, subscribers to our e-news, signing of our petitions, members of the organization and adoptions of our sanctuary monkeys we can assess the numbers we reach with our message.
    • We compile a record of non-target trapping incidents and although this is not a direct impact assessment for Born Free USA, we hope that our legislative, education and awareness work will ultimately have an impact and the numbers will decline over time.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Born Free USA has a history in making tangible differences for animals in need. Some examples include:

    1. Ensessakotteh, our sanctuary in Ethiopia, rescued four, tiny, orphaned cheetah cubs who would have otherwise been sentenced to a life as “pets.” We hope that in time, they will be able to be released back to the wild. The sanctuary is also home to a rescued baby hyena who was captured and destined to be sold as a lucky charm.

    2. At the 16th Meeting of the Conference to the Parties of CITES in March 2013, Born Free USA was a strong voice for animals. Vietnam, a major rhino horn consumer, was taken to task and urged to reduce demand; the West African manatee received the Treaty’s strongest protection with the support of almost all of the species’ range states; the African Elephant Action Plan, a blueprint for the species’ survival across the continent, was reaffirmed and mechanisms for allowing new ivory trade were postponed; and commercially fished sharks were added to the CITES list of protected species for the first time.

    3. In the US, we have been responsible for legislation across the country. In California, our bill to ban the most heinous forms of euthanasia and reduce the size of traps was signed into law. Our petition to have the African Lion listed to the Endangered Species Act has passed the first step towards approval, and our bills in Hawaii and New York have prohibited and restricted the trade in bear gallbladders and bile.

    4. In 2011, the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary took on the one of the largest single rescues in the history of sanctuaries – 107 macaques and one baboon from the bankrupt Wild Animal Orphanage. Had we not stepped up, these animals would have been put to death. We are currently preparing for the arrival of nine female baboons who are being retired from laboratory research. We expect them to arrive in mid-September 2013.

    5. We are called upon by the large mainstream, media outlets, most recently CNN and Inside Edition, affording us nationwide coverage to educate people and bring attention to our issues.

    Despite these many victories, we have not yet ended the cruel treatment and exploitation of animals. Wildlife is still being trapped, killed for amusement, torn away from their mothers to languish in a zoo, and the other numerous things that humans do and continue to invent to destroy individual lives and entire species. However, we have made incremental changes, some small and some significant, towards reaching that goal. We must overcome the obstacles of human egocentricity, longtime traditions spanning centuries of traditional use of animals and their parts, and the powerful lobby that protects corporate interest and finance at the expense of animal lives. We know what works: educating people and giving them the tools to be a voice for animals and changing laws so that cruel acts become illegal and violators can be prosecuted. Born Free USA will not stop fighting until the abuse ends.

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Funding Needs

Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary — for vital capital improvement projects including an updated water filtration system, construction of 2 one-acre enclosures for new rescues, construction of new shelters and climbing areas.   Elephant Defense Fund — donations to this fund support vital efforts on behalf of elephants in captivity through litigation, legislation, advocacy, and public education.

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Mr. Adam M. Roberts

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