IDA Sunday Action Club

by Erica Calderon

  In Defense of Animals Hosts First Meeting of the IDA Sunday Action Club! In Defense of Animals has launched a new project called the IDA Sunday Action Club. We are focusing on current, timely animal rights issues and topics happening right here in the San Francisco Bay Area with activities such as letter writing […]


End Zoo Rides on Abused Elephants

by Laura Bridgeman

  IDA’s #10 Worst Zoo for Elephants: Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, Massachusetts Most summers, Southwick’s Zoo in Massachusetts hires a California-based company to truck in elephants over a treacherously long distance to sell elephant rides to the zoos’ customers. The zoo – #10 on In Defense of Animals’10 Worst Zoos for Elephants in 2015 in […]


Baby Sea Turtles Desperately Need Your Help!

by Lisa Levinson

  The sea turtle population all over Central America has declined to devastatingly low numbers. Although sea turtles are protected under Salvadoran law, the Ministry of Natural Resources does not even attempt to enforce turtle protection. Thousands of baby turtles are stolen from their nests, and adults are massacred for their flesh. It’s time to […]


Are You An Animal Activist Workaholic?

by Lisa Levinson

  Sometimes we are so focused on helping animals that we neglect to care for ourselves. Over time and without self-care, we can become animal activist “workaholics.” We start to feel overwhelmed, frustrated and discouraged about our efforts to help animals. It doesn’t have to be this way – we are here to help you […]


School Health Professionals Praise Veg Nutrition Book!

by Nadia Schilling

  In Defense of Animals is excited to announce the release of a breakthrough children’s nutrition book Eating Lean and Green with Super Foods to Save the Planet, written by Barbara Cole Gates, founder and president of Lean and Green Kids. Created as a tool for teachers, the book’s compelling photographs and motivational messages engage […]


Seattle Elephant Bamboo in Peril at Oklahoma Zoo

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  After Woodland Park Zoo finally closed its elephant exhibit in May of 2015, its two remaining elephants, Chai and Bamboo, were shipped off to Oklahoma Zoo after a long and heated battle that nearly won them sanctuary. Chai died eight months after the transfer to Oklahoma Zoo from emaciation, a blood infection, and other health […]


Green Fest Expo Adds Animal Defenders Panel to the Program!

by Lisa Levinson

  In a wonderful show of solidarity, Green Fest Expo President, Dr. Corinna Basler, praised the merits of a plant-based diet and declared that all future events will include an Animal Defenders Panel in its presentation line-up! Given that Green Fest Expos are the largest and longest-running sustainability and green-living events with annual events in […]


Free Your Mind at our Vegan Spirituality Retreat!

by Lisa Levinson

  We are pleased to announce our partnership with Mantra Lounge, a group that brings yoga, meditation, and veggie meals to venues around the city, including college campuses! Reciting mantras, which are special sound vibrations found in the ancient yoga texts, can relax and revitalize the mind. The word “mantra” literally means to “free the […]


Save Wolf Pups from Aerial Gunning

by Web Team

  The state of Washington is gunning down and wiping out one of its native wolf packs in the Northeast. There are only roughly 100 wolves remaining in the entire state. Pups and adults alike are being killed indiscriminately to line the pockets of a select few, at public expense. Speak up now to stop […]