12 June 2012

Born Free USA promotes essay contest to support 'National Keep Wildlife in the Wild Month'

June is officially Keep Wildlife in the Wild month and what better way to celebrate that with a contest?

Born Free USA, a national organization associated with animal welfare and wildlife conservation, has created an essay contest for school age children who want to share their experiences and thoughts on saving wildlife.

The essay can be up to 100 words -- prize packages include gift certificates, tee shirts, stuffed animal and more. For more information on how to enter, visit www.bornfreeusa.org/kww. Along with the essay contest, there will be a photo competition for all ages. Those interested must send a photo of an animal who lives in the wild for a chance to win a variety of prizes.

Besides the contests, Born Free USA will send out informational action alerts that inform readers about campaigns, actions and activities that can make a difference in the wildlife world. Some issues that will be addressed include fur trapping and fur trade, exotic animals as “pets,” animals in entertainment and the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary.

 There is also an auction with 50 different gifts, including the DVD “An Elephant Called Slowly” signed by co-founder Virginia McKenna, a star in the film, a one-year subscription to online vegan cooking classes by chef Mark Reinfeld, two nights at the Carlyle Suites Hotel in Washington, DC and a Tofu XPress.

Born Free USA began in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, the stars of the film Born Free. Their son, Will Travers, now serves as CEO of both the UK-based Born Free Foundation and Born Free USA. What once only lasted a week now stretches for an entire month, giving animal lovers a greater chance to make a difference in their communities. According to Executive Vice President of Born Free USA Adam Roberts, “Keep Wildlife in the Wild Month aims to get people to stop, think, and act.”

Samantha Wood | @bostonu14 | Blog
Boston, MA Samantha is a journalism student at Boston University who hopes to pursue a career in the health magazine field. She is interested in both nutrition and cooking, especially vegan cooking. She became a vegan while in college and has remained that way ever since. She created a blog to document her efforts and it has become a collection of vegan recipes, restaurants and nutrition information. Samantha hopes to develop her photography skills as well so she can take appetizing photos of all her recipes. She loves chocolate (the vegan kind of course) and dogs, as well as California, where she hopes to live someday.

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