Stop Deer Mismanagement

by Anja Heister

Stop Deer Mismanagement at Tyler State Park in Pennsylvania For nearly 30 years, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has been mismanaging urban deer. Every year in December and January, they turn the tranquil and historic Tyler State Park into a bloody killing field when hunters line up to kill deer in this […]


Mexican Government Votes to Ban Circus Animals

by Web Team

In a historic vote which marks a significant step toward preventing exploitation of animals, Mexico’s congress passed legislation to ban the use of animals in circus performances across the country – joining a small, but growing list of nations which have already outlawed the controversial practice. It calls for fines for violations and requires circuses […]


Meet Dr. Kroplick!

by Denise Papas

IDA invites you to read this column on our Sustainable Activism Blog by guest blogger Denise Papas, a freelance television producer/writer who specializes in biographies. Papas is featuring members of our Council of Sustainable Activism to introduce them to our supporters. Marilyn Kroplick MD, President of In Defense of Animals (IDA), is a lifelong activist […]


Bullhook Ban Passed in Oakland!

by Web Team

After hours of heated debate and testimony, the Oakland City Council passed an ordinance banning bullhooks and similar devices on circus elephants. It was a full house with over 180 in attendance, including animal rights activists, circus cronies, and union representatives, whose testimonies were disrupted by anti-police demonstrators threatening to storm the meeting. Despite the […]


Dozens of Crows Suffer and Die in Portland

by Web Team

On Wednesday, November 26, onlookers watched in horror as dozens of crows fell to the ground, convulsing, gasping, seizing, and dying on the downtown streets of Portland, Oregon. It was recently confirmed that the crows were poisoned. Necropsies performed on each of the crows showed they had digested corn in their stomachs, which is frequently […]


Animal Cruelty and Violence Against Humans

by Web Team

No More Plea Bargains for Sonny Anderson The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other law enforcement agencies have long recognized the high incidence of repeated animal abuse in the early history of many of the most violent serial killers, serial rapists, and sexual homicide perpetuators. Given the well-established connection between violence to animals/violence to […]


Read “Aftershock” Now

by Dallas Rising

IDA invites you to read this column on our Sustainable Activism Blog by guest blogger Dallas Rising, executive director of the Animal Rights Coalition and member of IDA’s Council of Sustainable Activism. If you haven’t had the great pleasure of reading pattrice jones’ “Aftershock: Confronting Trauma in a Violent World: A Guide for Activists and […]


Poacher Who Killed IDA-Africa Chimpanzee Arrested!

by Web Team

Thirteen-year-old Moon was orphaned as a very young infant by a poacher who killed his family for meat and then tried to sell him as a pet. IDA-Africa rescued him in 2002, and for twelve years he lived at our Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center/Sanctuary among friends who cherished him. When he went out of his […]


Fur Free Friday Urges Shoppers to Make Compassionate Choices

by Lisa Levinson

Thank you to all the IDA supporters and activists across the country who came together for Fur Free Friday protests on or around Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. A tradition that began twenty-eight years ago has grown into the world’s largest annual animal rights demonstration. Animal advocates urged consumers to shop cruelty-free by avoiding […]