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Help Chai & Bamboo

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Woodland Park Zoo’s Two Elephants Stranded in San Diego Zoo! With Jane Goodall’s Voice for Chai and Bamboo, the Fight for Sanctuary Continues Nationwide On April 16, the already-beleaguered elephants, Bamboo and Chai, were loaded like product cargo into steel shipping containers at Woodland Park Zoo (WPZ) in Seattle. Unfortunately, they were not headed […]

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Severed Mountain Lion Foot Found in Trap

by Anja Heister

  Organizations Team Up in Response In Defense of Animals and two local Montana organizations recently teamed up to call on Montana’s Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) to have more accountability in the management of mountain lions in the Big Sky State after the gruesome and horrific discovery of a severed mountain lion’s […]

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A Tragic Tale:

by Anja Heister

  The Struggle of Tule Elk in the Point Reyes National Seashore In Defense of Animals is part of a coalition to fight for the Tule elks’ right to have the freedom to roam safely and also to save their lives from ranchers’ demands for their elimination or deaths within Point Reyes National Seashore in […]

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Elephant Spotlight

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

Retire Ruth Now at Buttonwood Zoo! Earlier this month, In Defense of Animals (IDA) filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), charging that the Buttonwood Zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts has been violating the federal Animal Welfare Act by knowingly forcing two incompatible Asian elephants to live in the same enclosure together. […]

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Natural Bridge Zoo Has State Permit Suspended

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  IDA’s #1 Worst Zoo for 2014 Under Fire We’re so happy to announce a victorious and encouraging step for Asha, the lone elephant, and the many other animals at the Natural Bridge Zoo, in rural Virginia. IDA’s contention that this zoo is a “roadside atrocity”, deserving of our #1 Worst Zoo for Elephants spot […]

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USDA Complaint Against Zoo for Elephant Welfare Concerns

by Eric Phelps

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Toni Frohoff, Ph.D., toni@idausa.org, (805) 836-0496 In Defense of Animals Files USDA Complaint Against Zoo for Elephant Welfare Concerns New Bedford, Mass. (April 2, 2015) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) filed a complaint today with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), charging that the Buttonwood Zoo in New Bedford violates […]

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Elephant Rama Dies at the Oregon Zoo

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

Help Save Rama’s Father, Packy! RIP, Rama, a male Asian elephant who suffered and was euthanized at the Oregon Zoo due to captivity-related conditions. IDA sends our condolences to Free the Oregon Zoo Elephants (FOZE); acknowledging their long-time local efforts to protect Rama and the seven other Asian elephants at the zoo, including Packy, Rama’s […]

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Help Spring Lucky the Elephant to Sanctuary!

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Earlier this month, IDA put the spotlight on our 2014 number two Worst Zoo for Elephants, the San Antonio Zoo, where 54 year old Lucky, the last surviving Asian elephant, survives in a most unlucky predicament. Many of you sent in a lucky penny to the zoo in hopes that Lucky would get lucky […]

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Oppose the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act

by Anja Heister

  The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015 (S. 405), introduced by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), contains the same destructive provisions for wildlife, public lands, and non-consumptive users of wildlife, as the previous bills that died in 2014. S. 405 makes hunting, fishing, shooting, and trapping a priority […]

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733 Massacred Wolves

by Anja Heister

  The scientist group led by Dave Hervieux chose aerial gunning and poisoning to kill at least 733 wolves over a period of seven years in the range of the Little Smoky caribou population in west-central Alberta, Canada. Methods used – aerial gunning of wolves For this study, individual wolves from different wolf families were […]