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Exposé Expanded

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Exposé Expanded on Oregon Zoo Elephants The Unaffordable Truth: How private should public records be? Earlier this month, IDA shared a provocative 4-part exposé by Portland’s Carla Castano of KOIN 6 news on Oregon Zoo’s (OZ) long history of lies and manipulation about elephant welfare.With so many skeletons leaping out of the zoo’s closet, […]

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Elephant Expose at Oregon Zoo

by Caroline Saxon

  A searing and seminal report on Oregon Zoo’s mistreated elephants by KOIN 6 news in Portland and IDA in the News. In an unprecedented, in-depth investigation, Carla Castano of KOIN 6 news in Portland Oregon has exposed the dark truth of the Oregon Zoo’s (OZ) long-suffering captive elephants. This four-part series puts into question […]

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For Chai & Bamboo a Zoo Won’t Do!

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Bamboo and Chai’s Saga for Elephant Sanctuary Peaks with Federal Injunction This week, the Elephant Justice Project (EJP), represented by Smith &Lowney, P.L.L.C., filed a request in federal court requesting an injunction to keep elephants Chai and Bamboo at the San Diego Zoo in California until they can be sent to PAWS sanctuary just […]

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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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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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Baby Elephants Kidnapped in Zimbabwe

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  An Update and How You Can Help In spite of a global outcry surrounding Zimbabwe’s capture and export of approximately 80 baby elephants, the country’s President Robert Mugumbe is not changing his mind. According to National Geographic’s primary source in Zimbabwe, the young elephants, between two and four years old, captured in November of […]