Elephant Numbers Crash

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

The results of the first ever continent-wide census on African elephant populations are in, and the numbers are alarming. Almost 30% of the Savannah elephant population was decimated in only seven years.  Now a new study has revealed that African forest elephants may become extinct sooner than previously believed; since 2002, the population has crashed by […]


Groupon: STOP Supporting Elephant Exploitation!

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

IDA’s #8 Worst Zoo for Elephants: Monterey Zoo in Salinas, California Tell Groupon to stop supporting this sham of a sanctuary: Monterey Zoo’s Vision Quest Ranch in Salinas, California. Monterey Zoo and its Vision Quest Safari Bed and Breakfast in Salinas, California, is owned by Charlie Sammut, an exotic animal trainer. Although it claims to […]


Victory! Elephants Protected from Brutal Bullhook Abuse in California

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

On Monday, August 29, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB1062 into law to protect captive elephants from brutal bullhook abuse in California. In Defense of Animals supporters in California helped bring this crucial legislation to the Governor’s desk by making your voices heard through your many phone calls and letters. Senator Ricardo Lara first introduced […]


Campaigners Rejoice – Bullhooks Banned

by Fleur Dawes

CAMPAIGNERS REJOICE AS BARBARIC ELEPHANT BULLHOOKS ARE BANNED FROM CALIFORNIA   Governor Jerry Brown Signs SB1062 Into Law, Protecting Elephants from Brutal Bullhook Abuse CONTACT: Toni Frohoff, Ph.D.,, (+1) 805-836-0496 Sacramento, CA (August 30, 2016) – California-based international animal protection organization, In Defense of Animals, has welcomed new legislation to prohibit the use of brutal bullhooks […]


Desert Elephants Share Knowledge to Survive Harsh Environments

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Elephants are uniquely intelligent, social, sensitive animals. A new study out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has illuminated these qualities and also revealed incredible details about elephants’ extraordinary adaptability. Researchers have found that, despite differences in behavior and appearance, Namibian desert elephants and African savanna elephants share the same DNA. This implies […]


Today is World Elephant Day!

by Caroline Saxon

  The Many Faces of Elephant Suffering Around the World Today, on World Elephant Day, we honor the majesty and magic of elephants around the world. We strengthen our resolve and commitment to protect them at the hands of human beings- their most dangerous threat. Elephants are astonishing. Earth’s largest land mammals are intelligent, socially […]


Ringling Bros. Sends Unlucky Elephant to San Antonio Zoo

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  San Antonio Zoo, where Lucky, the 56-years old Asian elephant, has been confined alone, has received a female 40-year old Asian elephant, Nicole,”on loan” from Ringling Bros./Feld Entertainment. Ringling Bros. had publicized how the elephants from its circuses would be going into “retirement” but its deceit is clearly evidenced by the unsupportable action of […]


Free Lucky – The Loneliest Elephant in Texas

by Caroline Saxon

  IDA’s #6 Worst Zoo for Elephants: San Antonio Zoo Lucky is a solitary Asian elephant held captive at the San Antonio Zoo. The only luck she is in is having a strong advocacy group and her own legal defense team trying to win the case for her freedom. Since her companion died in 2013, […]


Your Urgent Action Needed to Ban Bullhook Use

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

Just this week, the Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife voted 12-2 in favor of SB 1062, the bill introduced by Senator Ricardo Lara to ban the use of cruel bullhooks on captive elephants. Passing out of next Tuesday’s Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media is critical in order for this bill […]