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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 […]

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Sri Lanka Destroys Ivory Stockpile!

by Jacqueline Barba

In a Seaside Ceremony, Leaders Apologized for Complicity in Poaching Last month, Sri Lanka publicly destroyed its stores of confiscated ivory. In doing so, it became the 16th country to demonstrate a commitment to both ending this illegal trade and also to preventing confiscated ivory from making its way back onto the black market. However, […]

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Did You Know About Kerala’s Suffering Temple Elephants?

by Jacqueline Barba

  Rampant Elephant Abuse in the Indian State Prompts An Official Response A small but significant stand has been taken against the abusive treatment of temple elephants in Kerala, India: an office of the Indian Forest Service (IFS) has filed criminal charges against Thiruvambadi Devaswom Temple for gross neglect of the elephants in its care. […]

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Justice For Chai – Dead at #3 Worst Zoo for Elephants

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Oklahoma City Zoo is to blame. On January 30, beloved Asian elephant Chai was found dead, alone and laying outside in the cold elephant yard at Oklahoma City Zoo. The situation surrounding her death is suspicious, and marks the second premature elephant death at the zoo in recent months. News of Chai’s death is […]

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Elephant Attacks, Kills Tourist

by Jacqueline Barba

Renewed Call to End Abusive Animal Tourism in Thailand After Elephant Attacks, Kills Tourist Last week in Thailand,  a British tourist  was thrown, gored, and trampled to death by an elephant he was “riding” during a trek on the island of Koh Samui.  The media attention gained by this incident has increased pressure on the […]