Born Free USA

Rating: 4.58 stars   24 reviews


P O Box 22505 Sacramento CA 95822 USA


Mission is to end the suffering of wild animals in captivity, rescue individual animals in need, protect wildlife — including highly endangered species — in their natural habitats, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. .

Geographic areas served:

National and International


Advocacy for animalscontributed to the protection of elephants, lions, dolphins, gorillas, and other imperiled species both in the wild and in rescue and rehabilitation centers in their countries of origin. Promoted the international protection of lions and the listing of the african lion under the us endangered species act, and similarly advocated for lion protection at meeting on the convention of migratory species. Continued campaign to protect furbearing animals from the cruelty of fur farms and wildlife trapping. Coordinated nationwide fur donation drive to promote awareness of anti-fur campaign; sent donated fur to wildlife rehabilitation centers for baby and orphaned animals. Worked with states to combat wolf trapping bills and used litigation to restore protection for wolves in the great lakes region under the endangered species act. Engaged fully in the meeting of the animals committee of the convention on international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora (cites). Campaigned on conservation of threatened and endangered species and the protection of elephants from the ivory trade, bears from the gallbladder trade, and rhinos from the horn trade. Published two reports on the international trade in elephant ivory, one looking at poaching of elephants in africa and the other movement of ivory from africa to asia. Worked on legislation across the country to ban the sale of ivory and rhino horn at the state level. Gave speeches at three march for elephants events across the country.

born free usa primate sanctuaryborn free usa continues to rescue, rehabilitate, and retire hundreds of primates at our accredited texas primate sanctuary. We continue to take in new animals in need, who otherwise would face a life of captive misery or premature death, and give them a home in as naturalistic conditions as we can provide.

public educationborn free usa continued efforts to educate the public on the dangers of keeping exotic animals as pets. Used social and popular media and educational outreach materials including an interactive database of deadly and dangerous captive wild animal incidents to help shed light on the magnitude of the issue. In addition, born free usa worked to educate the public about the need to protect live animals from commercialization in pet stores. Held public presentations on wildlife trade and animal rescues in numerous states. Held a press conference with members of congress and chimpanzee attack victim, charla nash, to promote the captive primate safety act. Held national event to call attention to the plight of wild birds and the needs of birds in captivity.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have watched this organization (formerly API) over the past 15 years, and have been constantly impressed by the scale of output from such a small and dedicated team. On top of that, they manage to produce quality campaigns on a shoestring budget that often surpass what much larger organizations produce with quadruple the funds and workforce. The staff also practice what they preach. They regularly rescue individual animals from the streets and dig deeply into their own pockets to save lives.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Constant reeducation by reading their publications has helped me to maintain an ethical lifestyle, and to pass that education to friends and family who have made new and positive decisions based on that information.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Can't really think of anything.

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have worked with and have great respect for several Born Free USA's staff, who are not only devoted to improving the welfare of animals nationally and worldwide, but have been very effective in their work. I appreciate the ways in which they offer positive alternatives (such as fffashion show, national bird day, etc) to cultivate compassion for animals. Having joined them at the capital in Sacramento on several occasions, I have seen their efforts effectively bring about legislative wins to protect animals from cruelty.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Creating legislative change, in bringing educational materials to the public to cultivate awareness of various animal cruelty issues, and offering positive actions that can be undertaken to live compassionately and help improve conditions for animals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find additional opportunities for volunteers to get involved.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Born Free USA is a top-rated non-profit -- "Best in America"-- as dubbed by ICA, Independent Charities of America.
This is one of many recognitions the animal advocacy has received, and with great reasons.
Born Free addresses numerous concerns regarding the welfare of all animals, wild and domestic.
The subjects they focus on and the changes they make are of grand magnitude, even as a comparatively smaller organization.
It is clear that this non-profit obviously doesn't work for profit-- they truly work for the selfless reasons to make a better life for animals, and to bring awareness to humans and the wrong-doings that are happening to animals that we aren't typically aware of.
After personally working with and getting to know two of the staff members for Born Free, I was more than honored and privileged to collaborate with them, an organization and with people full of actions backed by facts as well as compassion. My own personal perceptive has shifted regarding the treatment of animals, and it was brought to my attention and many things we participate in condones the mistreatment of animals, specifically fashion where animal furs and skins are used and makeup products as well and also the simple truth about mistreatment of circus animals and such.
I am more than grateful that such an organization exists.
They have really moved mountains and hopefully will continue to.
Thank you for shedding much needed light, Born Free USA.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

fashion, SPCA, missing pets, traveling.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make more people aware that such organization exists and share exactly what this organization promotes. ultimately, promotion of the organization.

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