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logo-bfusaFounded in 2002 as an offshoot of the U.K.-based Born Free Foundation, the U.S. organization is a conservation and animal rescue nonprofit based in Sacramento, California. “Our goal is to end the suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation around the world,” says CEO Adam M. Roberts.

WHAT THEY’RE DOING FOR YOU: Born Free USA leads a number of campaigns, but some of their most influential work includes advocating against the trapping and fur trade industry, the keeping of exotic pets in captivity, and fighting for animal welfare and conservation. The organization is currently petitioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the African lion as endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, and their campaign to stop exotic pet trafficking includes not only legislative advocacy, but also raising public awareness about the animal welfare and human safety involved with buying wild animals like monkeys, leopards, and snakes.

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