Call IDA’s Animal Activist Helpline!

by Lisa Levinson

  Do you struggle asking for help? Are you discouraged by conflicts among animal activists? Are members of your community overshadowed by dominant personalities? Do you have trouble delegating activist work or balancing activism with your family life? These are among many causes of activist burnout, which hinder our ability to help animals effectively. Professor […]


Wildlife Wins in San Francisco

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  No More Performances for Abusement! Tuesday, San Francisco’s enlightened Board of Supervisors voted on the formal and final reading of a measure to ban performances of wild or exotic animals for public entertainment! Despite the encouraging support for this ban previously, we wanted to wait for this final step to share what we hoped […]


Dumped Puppies at the Dump

by Sharon Stone

  Late last month, IDA’s Hope Animal Sanctuary (HAS) in Grenada, Mississippi was alerted to the abandonment of three five-to-six month old juvenile dogs at the Montgomery County dump on Highway 82, across from the County Barn. The sanctuary rescue team was able to rescue two of the cautious, but desperate pups. Sadly, the third […]


Elephant Spotlight

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

Retire Ruth Now at Buttonwood Zoo! Earlier this month, In Defense of Animals (IDA) filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), charging that the Buttonwood Zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts has been violating the federal Animal Welfare Act by knowingly forcing two incompatible Asian elephants to live in the same enclosure together. […]


No More Annual Deer Massacres

by Anja Heister

  Tell Metroparks: Enough Bloodshed Already Urban Deer Hall of Shame Welcomes Scott Zody, Director of the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Brian Zimmerman, the Executive Director of Cleveland Metroparks and Dr. Terry Robison, Chief of Natural Resources of Cleveland Metroparks. 17 years of failed mass deer slaughters and over 4,000 deer killed in Metroparks, Ohio […]


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 […]


Rescuing an Abandoned Great Dane

by Sharon Stone

  On a recent Friday afternoon, a concerned citizen called IDA’s Hope Animal Sanctuary (HAS) to report an abandoned or lost Great Dane at the entrance ramp to Interstate 55 at Vaiden, Mississippi, not far from the sanctuary. Late that Friday, HAS Operations Director Sharon Stone and volunteer Charles Joseph went to check, and sure […]