I was stunned and frustrated, increasingly so, as communications kept coming in, asking for our help. A female spider monkey spent at least 14 years of her life tied up with a rope around her waist outside of an unused holiday resort in Honduras; a yellow baboon named Chiwawa in Tanzania was kept as a pet, isolated from members of her own species; there were three captive baboons in Kuwait; a baboon in a dilapidated Lebanese zoo; hundreds of macaques in an Israeli breeding farm; baboons in a zoo in Uruguay ... the list is too long.
I understand that the law is as it is to prevent unscrupulous primate dealers and breeders from importing animals. And, at the time the law was written, that made sense. But now, we have the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) to accredit sanctuaries and confirm which ones, like ours, are true sanctuaries - seeking to rescue animals in need and provide them a humane home for life.
Born Free is about action and righting wrongs. So, we've set out to help Congress pass the Sanctuary Regulatory Fairness Act to undo this burdensome, outdated, and, quite frankly, absurd federal regulation.