First Ever Activist Appreciation Month!

by Lisa Levinson

  In Defense of Animals is proud to present February as our first ever Activist Appreciation Month! To celebrate, we’re holding a free webinar on ecofeminism. Ecofeminism shows us how vital it is for animal activists to stand up against racism, sexism, ableism, heterosexism, and environmental destruction, while we work to protect all animals, from […]


Become an Animal Advocate Today!

by Erica Calderon

  In Defense of Animals is dedicated to ending animal suffering. We are an outstanding group of staff, volunteers, and activists who are passionate about our mission. Every day we fight to protect the rights, welfare and habitat of animals all across the globe through our campaigns and our sanctuaries. But, in order to do […]


Meet Niete and Emma

by IDA Africa

Caged behind a restaurant and illegally kept as pets, Emma (left) and Niete (right) were rescued by In Defense of Animals – Africa and came to find safe haven at Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue in the spring of 2002. Today, at almost fifteen years of age, the females still very much enjoy each other’s company and live […]


Lies of Buttonwood Park Zoo and Southwick’s Zoo Challenged

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

We’re thrilled about all the positive media attention our 2015 Top Ten Worst Zoos For Elephants List is getting, though we’re eager to challenge the inaccurate responses by Buttonwood Zoo and Southwick’s Zoo in Massachusetts which were published in an article by the Boston Globe called, “the elephant -or two-in the room.” While the article […]


See Bouboule Today!

by IDA Africa

Bouboule is best known for being a part of In Defense of Animals – Africa’s sweetest adoption story! At a little more than two years old, this sad little orphan was rescued from the illegal pet trade and he came to live at Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue. Bouboule was more insecure than most babies his age, […]


USA to Zimbabwe: No to Trophy Hunting Imports

by Caroline Saxon

  USA to Zimbabwe: No to Trophy Hunting Imports Unless Local Conservation Improves In 2014, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) suspended imports of African elephant sport hunting trophies from Zimbabwe and Tanzania. As of late, 45 major airlines have banned the transport of body part “trophies” from African hunting trips. Also this week, […]


**California Residents** Help Mountain Lions Cross Highway 101

by Lisa Levinson

  **California Residents**Help Mountain Lions Cross Highway 101 Send your public comment by Friday, January 29th! The proposed Liberty Canyon Wildlife Crossing will be the first of its size and scale near an urban area, providing safe passage across one of the busiest highways in the region. A formidable eight-lane highway means that few animals […]


One Ton of Rotten Meat, Including Dog and Cat Meat Intercepted in Vietnam

by Melissa Flower

One Ton of Rotten Meat, Including Dog and Cat Meat Intercepted in Vietnam A tour bus transporting one ton of rotting flesh was intercepted last week in Vietnam. Along with various animal organs were the bodies of many cats and dogs, five to six crammed into each container. When questioned, the bus driver informed authorities […]


Goodbye, Commissioner! Hello, Conservation!

by Ryan Murphy

  Celebrate Departure of the California Fish and Game Commissioner Jim Kellogg Longest-serving Commissioner of the California Fish and Game Commission, Jim Kellogg, suddenly resigned on December 31, 2015 bringing hope to many that the department’s attitude toward wildlife in California may now have a positive chance for change. Kellogg, who has always heavily supported […]

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Ontario Officials Rule That Veganism is a Human Right!

by Nadia Schilling

  Recently in Canada, Ontario’s Human Rights Commission ruled that veganism is a human right, legally protected from discrimination. So what does this mean? In the province of Ontario, hospitals will now have to provide vegan meals upon request, an employer would have an obligation to accommodate a vegan employee who cannot wear an animal-based […]