My name is Freddie…

by Web Team

Hi! My name is Freddie. I’m a Pacific Tree Frog. When my local pond dried up, I moved into Lisa’s potted plant (She works for IDA). My favorite hide-out is the frog-shaped, terra-cotta cone where Lisa pours water every day. One day, I poked my head out to say “Hello!” When Lisa moved, I went […]


My name is Gracie…

by Web Team

  My name is Gracie Facie (because I do have a beautiful face). My six siblings and I were abandoned. We were all alone, hungry, scared and sick in cold weather. A nice woman, Becky Shaw (who fosters for IDA’s Hope Animal Sanctuary) agreed to let us stay at her house until we were well. […]



by Web Team

#GivingTuesday It’s a global day of giving and also one of the greatest ways to get your holiday-joy on while saving lives through your support of In Defense of Animals. All you have to do is donate just $10 now to help animals who are hurting. From elephants to chimpanzees to puppies, ponies, dogs, cats, […]


Inspiring! 22 Year Chimpanzee Story

by Fleur Dawes

  Last week, we shared news of a truly historic achievement – after many years, the NIH finally ended its program of supplying chimpanzees for experiments! Lives of isolation, loneliness and the horrors of life as a test subject have finally come to an end for some of our closest relatives. This significant step toward […]


Crimes of Compassion

by Lisa Levinson

  According to the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General in Canada, compassion is a crime. Co-founder and co-organizer of Toronto Pig Save Anita Krajnc was charged with mischief under the Criminal Code for giving water to dehydrated pigs who were in a Van Boekel Hog Farms slaughterhouse transportation truck while stopped en route to […]


Temporary Victory for Belugas

by Matthew Scott

  Say No to Beluga Wild Capture Import Appeal U.S. District court officials recently backed a NOAA Fisheries decision to deny the Georgia Aquarium’s requested transport permits for eighteen beluga whales who are currently being held in Russia. After a long legal battle that included one denial by NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, a lawsuit […]


USDA Rejects Its Own Advisory Committee

by Nadia Schilling

  Don’t Let Another Five Years of Dietary Guideline Negligence Go Unchallenged Earlier this month, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officially rejected recommendations by their own advisory committee (and your letters of support back in April) to make environmental health a component of overall health […]