And, while we continue to rescue monkeys in need, we must also ensure that they aren't bred or imported for the pet trade in the first place, as this exacerbates the problem. So, we're continuing our work to pass the Captive Primate Safety Act, which would shut down the interstate commerce in primates as pets. Monkeys belong neither in our bedrooms nor our backyards. Hopefully, in 2015, we will replicate the success we had a decade ago when the Captive Wildlife Safety Act was signed into law, prohibiting trade in big cats as pets.
Building on our groundbreaking Victims of Vanity trapping investigation, we will continue our effort to stop barbaric trapping in America, as well as the ugly fur trade. The Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act will stop the most egregious forms of wildlife trapping in the National Wildlife Refuge System-a massive network of federal lands that certainly, as its name indicates, should provide refuge for wild furbearers... and not become a killing field.
And, in an effort to secure a viable future for a significant number of imperiled canids and felids overseas, we will work hard to pass the Rare Cats and Canids Act, establishing a federal fund for conservation projects to save these species. Born Free has so many projects around the world to spare lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, and others from the downward spiral to extinction, and we (and others) need financial support to make this work a success.