Help Lucy Get Out of Cold Canada and Into Sanctuary!

by Caroline Saxon

  Lucy is a 41 year old Asian elephant born in Sri Lanka who is imprisoned at the Edmonton Valley Zoo in Alberta, Canada, which is one of the coldest cities in North America. This zoo is on our Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants list in the Dishonorable Mention category. Lucy also suffers from foot […]


Nevada Laws Fail to Protect Exotic Species

by Doll Stanley

  In November, Nevada state authorities responded to two exotic animal abuse cases that beg the question, “Why does Nevada have the least amount of protection for “exotic,” non-native animals than any other state?” Well, it’s high time for that to change! On November 7, 2016, a woman fleeing charges of child endangerment in Harris […]


Fur-Free Friday – World’s Biggest Animal Rights Demonstration Hits San Francisco on Black Friday

by Fleur Dawes

FUR-FREE FRIDAY HITS SAN FRANCISCO In Defense of Animals, Direct Action Everywhere & PETA Lead Annual Worldwide Event     CONTACT: Melissa Flower, In Defense of Animals, 415-533-0133, IMAGES: http:/ San Francisco, CA (November 25, 2016) – In Defense of Animals, Direct Action Everywhere, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and hundreds […]


In Defense of Animals Reaches Los Angeles Holiday Shoppers On Fur Free Friday

by Fleur Dawes

IN DEFENSE OF ANIMALS REACHES LOS ANGELES HOLIDAY SHOPPERS ON FUR FREE FRIDAY CONTACT: Lisa Levinson,, 415 448 0048; Eric Deardorff,; Lola Kay, IMAGES: Los Angeles, CA (November 25, 2016) – In Defense of Animals, along with other animal organizations and hundreds of animal activists are today marking Fur Free Friday with three protests across […]


PAWS International Captive Wildlife Conference

by Caroline Saxon

  In Defense of Animals was one of the general sponsors at last week’s International Captive Wildlife Conference in San Andreas, California presented by the Performing Animal Welfare Sanctuary (PAWS). Many important issues were discussed concerning captive bears, big cats, and elephants. A lot of ground was covered with a great diversity of speakers. There […]


39 Days of Rescue – Shadow

by Bob Price

I’m Shadow! My name is Shadow, and I am about 10 years old, and I am slowly going blind. Because of this, my previous guardians decided that they just didn’t want me anymore. It was heartbreaking! Luckily for me, the staff at In Defense of Animals’ Hope Animal Sanctuary took me in and set me […]


Join Us in San Francisco for Fur Free Friday!

by Erica Calderon

  Let the World Know Fur is Cruel & Unnecessary on Friday, November 25, 2016 Everyone is invited to San Francisco’s annual Fur-Free Friday event, co-hosted by In Defense of Animals (IDA), Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Here’s your chance to join other concerned activists in handing […]


Maia and Guida Settling in Beautifully

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  South America’s First Elephant Sanctuary Welcomes Its First Residents Maia and Guida, who were forced to perform in the circus for close to 40 years in Brazil, are settling into the freedom of sanctuary life in beautiful ways since their arrival on October 11th. Truly a global endeavour, the Global Sanctuary for Elephants (GSfE) […]


End Horse Slaughter Cruelty

by Bob Price

  Every year, over 150,000 American horses, both wild and domestic, are crossing the United States borders on both north and south sides to meet horrific deaths for their flesh. Please join with us to put pressure on the government to pass the SAFE Act. The SAFE Act will prohibit the slaughter of horses for […]