WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Born Free USA, an international leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, will celebrate Giving Tuesday, the annual global generosity day, with an entertaining, uplifting virtual event featuring a special lineup of celebrities and activists including Abigail Spencer, Rocky Dawuni, Carla Fraser, Born Free co-founder and trustee Virginia McKenna OBE, along with a musical performance by singer-songwriter and animal advocate Tiger Darrow.
Hope for Wildlife, scheduled for Tuesday, December 1, at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT, is an online benefit to support Born Free USA's lifesaving animal protection programs.
"Born Free USA's global wildlife protection programs are more urgent than ever," said Born Free USA CEO Angela Grimes. "The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the extreme risk facing all life on earth resulting from our use and abuse of nature. Reacting to this crisis, Born Free quickly moved its wildlife training sessions and meetings online, as well as our fundraising galas and benefits, in order to bring our animal protection efforts and our message of hope to an even wider audience."
Registration for Hope for Wildlife is free, but all donations are particularly welcome. Special gifts available for donors at specific levels, include complimentary 48-hour access to a new award-winning short film, Wings, starring Virginia McKenna, Miriam Margolyes, and Carla Fraser; framed digital wildlife prints or framed custom-made digital pet portraits by Dr. Liz Tyson; a virtual tea for two with Dr. Tyson or Born Free Co-Founder and Executive President, Will Travers OBE; and a unique trip for two to the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary, including domestic airfare and lodgings.
Special presenters at Hope for Wildlife include:
"Hope for Wildlife will bring together people from around the world who support Born Free and our commitment to protecting animals," Virginia McKenna said. "Every animal we save, every protective measure we put in place, only happens because of our wonderful donors and advocates. Their essential support allows us to be effective advocates and an authentic voice for individual animals in need to fulfill our mission, whether that's creating in-depth investigative reports into animal cruelty, lobbying for stronger animal welfare legislation, or looking after the largest primate sanctuary in North America."
"2020 has been an incredibly challenging year, but we can't afford to cut back on our efforts to protect wildlife from exploitation and cruelty," Will Travers said. "The stark and brutal reality of COVID-19 means we're experiencing the consequences of human encroachment on wildlife habitats and rampant exploitation of wild species. It's more critical than ever for us to continue championing the cause of wildlife and fighting to protect wilderness areas and the natural world."
For more information or to register for Hope for Wildlife, visit www.bornfreeusa.org/hope.
About Born Free USA
Born Free USA works to ensure that all wild animals, whether living in captivity or in the wild, are treated with compassion and respect and are able to live their lives according to their needs. We oppose the exploitation of wild animals in captivity and campaign to keep them where they belong?in the wild. Born Free USA's Primate Sanctuary is the largest in the United States and provides a permanent home for more than 430 primates rehomed from laboratories or rescued from zoos and private ownership. We're social: www.bornfreeusa.org, www.twitter.com/bornfreeusa, www.facebook.com/bornfreeusa, www.instagram.com/bornfreeusaorg.
SOURCE Born Free USA
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