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Fireworks Are Terrifying

by Anita Carswell

  While we humans understand and enjoy fireworks, other species generally do not. Most animals have incredibly sensitive hearing, and the sudden deafening bangs and booms are nerve wracking especially when the source of the noise is not understood. The impulse is to run, but the threat isn’t identified, which can cause unrelenting panic and […]

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Join IDA at the Animal Rights Conference This Summer

by Anita Carswell

  Meet Up With Us in Alexandria, VA July 30-August 2, 2015 IDA is once again a proud sponsor of the Animal Rights National Conference, the world’s largest and longest-running animal rights gathering. It is the only conference open to all points of view when it comes to achieving animal liberation which is appreciated and […]

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Wonderful News!

by Anita Carswell

  HB 2150 Vetoed in Arizona! Arizona’s HB 2150 sought to strip protections from farmed animals, protections that apply to other animals, like dogs and cats. The bill would have essentially reclassified farmed animals as non-animals unworthy of any protection from abuse. Last week, we sent an appeal to contact the governor, and the week […]

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Urgent: Appeal California’s Foie Gras Ruling

by Anita Carswell

California’s foie gras ban was overturned last Wednesday, January 7, by U.S. District Court Judge Stephen V. Wilson in Los Angeles. He ruled that the ban, passed in 2004 and only recently in effect as of 2012, illegally encroaches on the regulatory domain of the federal government. Specifically, he cites The Poultry Products Inspection Act, […]

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California Foie Gras Ban Overturned

by Anita Carswell

Horrible News for Ducks and Geese in California California’s foie gras ban was overturned yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Wilson in Los Angeles. He ruled that the ban, passed in 2004 and in effect as of 2012, illegally encroaches on the regulatory domain of the federal government. The Poultry Products Inspection Act, which […]

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Halloween Safety

by Anita Carswell

Protect Your Cats This Halloween! Halloween is this week, and while a fun holiday for many people, it is a dangerous time for animals, especially cats, and most especially for black cats. For most people, Halloween is about decorating, dressing in costume, and attending parties, or going trick-or-treating with kids. However, there is a small […]

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Rabbits Are Not Easter Gifts

by Anita Carswell

Every year, thousands of frightened rabbits are produced by breeders, torn from their families, then sold around Easter, as irresponsible “gifts” for children, and every year, most of these poor victims of human thoughtlessness are dumped at animal shelters, where they are killed. In fact, nine out of ten rabbits never make it to the […]

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Please Double Up!

by Anita Carswell

When looking for your next animal companion, give some thought to their daily quality of life. Many people looking only to add one companion animal to their family respond to adoption offers of groups of puppies, kittens, rabbits, or rats with little regard for the bonds and families these animals come from. As a species, […]

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A Beautiful Voice for Animals Silenced

by Anita Carswell

Virginia Handley was a remarkable woman known by many of the IDA staff and volunteers. Rather than write one summary trying to capture who she was and what she did, we’re choosing instead to share with you a couple of the warm remembrances of her closest colleagues and friends. She was best known for her […]