The Winners and Losers in International Wildlife Trade at CITES

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Illegal trafficking in wildlife parts is an estimated $19 to $23 billion dollar criminal industry, responsible for driving plant and animal species to extinction in the cruelest of ways, and plundering ecosystems into ruin. Fortunately, the 183 member nations who have agreed to be bound by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species […]


New Jersey Residents: Take Action for Elephants in Traveling Shows

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Help Pass Nosey’s Law to END Traveling Elephant Performances in New Jersey! New Jersey Senator Raymond J. Lesniak introduced Senate Bill 2508, Nosey’s Law in September. This bill would ensure that, “… no person shall use an elephant in a traveling animal act” in the State of New Jersey. It may come up for […]


Tell FedEx To Stop Shipping Dolphins!

by Caroline Saxon

  Last week, activists from Animal Rights Hawaii videoed FedEx employees packing up three live dolphins into transport boxes. The shipping destination? The Arizona desert, where Dolphinaris, a new swim-with-dolphin facility, will be opening soon.  Dolphins don’t belong in boxes, and they don’t belong in the desert. Tell FedEx to stop shipping wild animals unless […]


More Reasons to Love Elephants

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  African elephants studied in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park are able to recognize the difference between the tribes who may harm them, and those who won’t. The voices, sounds, and smells of Maasai Warrior tribesmen, who occasionally spear elephants in self defense and retaliation, and those of the farming Kamba tribesmen,  who pose no threat, […]


European Union Vote at CITES Guarantees More Elephants Will Die

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  The European Union (EU) voting block of 28 nations killed a proposal to list all African elephants on Appendix 1 at the current Conference of the Parties meeting of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). Appendix 1gives the highest protection possible for elephants. If passed, the measure […]


Great News for African Elephants!

by Laura Bridgeman

Twenty-nine African nations seeking to stop the devastating losses of elephants to poachers have successfully stopped a proposal that, if passed, would have ignited the resumption of international trade in elephant ivory. This victory for elephants is happening at the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) Conference of […]


IDA Slams Plans to Ship 100 Wild African Elephants to Chinese Zoos

by Fleur Dawes

IN DEFENSE OF ANIMALS SLAMS PLANS TO SHIP 100 WILD AFRICAN ELEPHANTS TO CHINA Contact: Toni Frohoff, Ph.D.,, 805-836-0496 San Rafael, California (September 29, 2016) – In Defense of Animals has blasted Zimbabwe’s plans to sell live baby elephants to China, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The national parks authority has already captured 40 […]


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 […]


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 […]