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#4 Worst Zoo For Elephants: What You Can Do

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

Un-Natural Elephant Deaths at Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon For over five years running, Wildlife Safari, a drive-through wild animal park in Winston, Oregon, has featured on In Defense of Animals’ list of the Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants. Wildlife Safari claims to be committed to the “conservation, preservation, and research of native and exotic […]

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Get African Elephants Classified as Endangered Species

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  African elephants are currently listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act, but the US Fish and Wildlife Service is considering uplisting them to “endangered,” which would help to dramatically increase their protection. The issue is open for public comments until May 16th to help determine if the change in status is appropriate and […]

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Calling on Friends of Elephants in Portland, Oregon!

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  April 16th Rally for Packy’s 54th Birthday at Oregon Zoo Join In Defense of Animals along with Free the Oregon Zoo Elephants (FOZE) and Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants (FoWPZE) on April 16th to let Packy know that we continue to advocate for his freedom. Packy, North America’s oldest living elephant, has spent every one of […]

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Help Lonely Lucy the Elephant in Canada

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Ask the Alberta Government to NOT RENEW the Edmonton Valley Zoo’s permit. The Edmonton Valley Zoo in Alberta is the sad home of Lucy, an Asian elephant who lives in solitary confinement in one of the coldest cities in Canada. Lucy suffers from foot disease, arthritis, and an undiagnosed respiratory condition that is causing […]

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SeaWorld Won’t Breed More Orcas

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  But Still Says “No” To Retirement SeaWorld announced that it will no longer breed orcas, claiming that the current generation of captives will be the last. The company acknowledges the growing public sentiment that keeping orcas captive is morally wrong. However, it is not all good news. SeaWorld continues to refuse the orcas retirement […]

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#2 Worst Zoo – What You Can Do:

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  If Virginia is for Lovers, Why is Asha Still Alone? This month, our spotlight for In Defense of Animals’ Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants is trained on the #2 worst offender (and #1 offender of 2014), Natural Bridge Zoo in Rockbridge County, Virginia.  32-year-old female elephant Asha lives a most unnatural life. If nothing […]

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Stolen Swaziland Elephants Begin Life Sentence in 3 U.S. Zoo

by Caroline Saxon

  Swaziland’s “Stolen 18” elephants are now 17, due to the death in December of one of the male bulls, apparently kept secret from the public. These 17 elephants, captured for three U.S. zoos under the guise of “saving” them, have begun serving their life sentences at the Dallas Zoo, Sedgwick County Zoo in Kansas […]

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President Obama: “We Need to Take Urgent Action” to Save Elephants

by Jacqueline Barba

  Calling for “urgent action” in the fight to save elephants, President Obama has promised that his administration “won’t let up” on efforts to prevent the extinction of this majestic species. The President stated his commitment to ending poaching and the ivory trade in an interview with HSUS last Thursday, World Wildlife Day. On the […]

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Experts Agree: Zoos Do More Harm Than Good

by Jacqueline Barba

Across their 5,500-year history, and regardless of improvements through the ages, the central problem of zoos has remained the same: zoos cannot accommodate the psychological and physical needs of the animals they keep captive. Claims that captivity somehow benefits animals at-risk in the wild ring equally hollow. A recent column by Antonia Russo makes this […]

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Sri Lanka “Gifts” Baby Elephant to New Zealand

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  We recently commended Sri Lanka for taking a powerful stand against the ivory trade. Unfortunately, we must now report tragic actions against elephants by the Sri Lankan and New Zealand governments. Recently, the Sri Lankan government “gifted” a baby elephant to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. This “gift” will have the consequences of […]