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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Encouraging News for California’s Captive Elephants

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  SB 1062, the California Bullhook Ban won a 12-2 favorable vote in the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee Assembly Meeting at the State Capitol in Sacramento yesterday morning.  While there is still a ways to go for this bill to become law, things are definitely looking up for captive elephants in California today! Last […]

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“Gods in Shackles” is a Must See!

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

Gods in Shackles is a game-changing documentary for elephants. This film exposes the brutal exploitation suffered by thousands of temple elephants used for Southern India’s glamorous cultural and religious festivals. If you are in the Los Angeles area on June 19th, please come out to support this important documentary film. More info can be found […]

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Justice for Harambe – Shot by the Cincinnati Zoo

by Ryan Murphy

  Caged and killed. These words describe Harambe’s life and now his death. Just one day after celebrating his 17th birthday, on May 28th, Harambe was gunned down after a boy slipped into the gorilla’s confined enclosure. This incident shows how dangerous zoos can be for humans, as well as animals. This was a tragic […]

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Send Elephants from A Worst Zoo to Sanctuary

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  What You Can Do For Elephants in North America’s #5 Worst Zoo For the last thirty years, Asian elephants Ruth and Emily have been forced to share a tiny exhibit in the cold winter city of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Emily outweighs Ruth by 1,200 pounds, and these two do not DO NOT get along. […]