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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 […]

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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) […]

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37 Baby Elephants Now Headed for Zoos in China

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Earlier this year in Zimbabwe, thirty-seven baby elephants were captured, stolen from their families,and brought to a holding facility in Hwange National Park. They have been sold to  zoos and safari parks in China, and are currently awaiting shipment. Two baby elephants have already died of starvation and neglect. Despite worldwide efforts to stop […]

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Close Buffalo Zoo’s Frozen-In-Time Elephant Exhibit!

by Caroline Saxon

  Close Buffalo Zoo’s Frozen-In-Time Elephant Exhibit!  Frozen in time, the Buffalo Zoo in Buffalo, New York continues to keep the Asian elephant captives, Jothi and Surapa, inside the inhospitable prison it calls a barn, for yet another brutal Buffalo winter. Supporters of Buffalo Zoo brag that the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has granted […]

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IDA Slams Plans to Ship 100 Wild African Elephants to Chinese Zoos

by Fleur Dawes

IN DEFENSE OF ANIMALS SLAMS PLANS TO SHIP 100 WILD AFRICAN ELEPHANTS TO CHINA Contact: Toni Frohoff, Ph.D., toni@idausa.org, 805-836-0496 San Rafael, California (September 29, 2016) – In Defense of Animals has blasted Zimbabwe’s plans to sell live baby elephants to China, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The national parks authority has already captured 40 […]

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End Zoo Rides on Abused Elephants

by Laura Bridgeman

  IDA’s #10 Worst Zoo for Elephants: Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, Massachusetts Most summers, Southwick’s Zoo in Massachusetts hires a California-based company to truck in elephants over a treacherously long distance to sell elephant rides to the zoos’ customers. The zoo – #10 on In Defense of Animals’10 Worst Zoos for Elephants in 2015 in […]

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Seattle Elephant Bamboo in Peril at Oklahoma Zoo

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  After Woodland Park Zoo finally closed its elephant exhibit in May of 2015, its two remaining elephants, Chai and Bamboo, were shipped off to Oklahoma Zoo after a long and heated battle that nearly won them sanctuary. Chai died eight months after the transfer to Oklahoma Zoo from emaciation, a blood infection, and other health […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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., toni@idausa.org, (+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 […]