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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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An Unlucky Elephant Needs a Little Luck

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

Mail a lucky penny to an unlucky elephant this month. This month, IDA puts the spotlight on our 2014 #2 Worst Zoo for Elephants, the San Antonio Zoo, where Lucky, the last surviving Asian elephant, at 54 survives in a most unlucky predicament. She needs to be retired to an accredited sanctuary where she can […]

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Saving Seattle’s Elephants from the Oklahoma City Zoo

by Eric Phelps

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Toni Frohoff, Ph.D., (805) 836-0496, toni@idausa.org Saving Seattle’s Elephants from the Oklahoma City Zoo Suffering or Sanctuary for Seattle Elephants? San Rafael, Calif. (March 2, 2015) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) would consider it an inter-state and national travesty should the Woodland Park Zoo (WPZ) not be stopped by the […]

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Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants List Released

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

This past Monday, IDA released our Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants 2014 list to great and immediate media attention. We are so intensely grateful for all the interest this list has generated and we’re looking forward to using this momentum to help these long-suffering elephants at these worst zoos across North America. Practically all the […]

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In Defense of Animals Calls for Improved Equipment and Safety Procedures in the Wake of a Baby Gorilla’s Death at the San Francisco Zoo

by Eric Phelps

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Eric Phelps, (503) 664-0001, eric@idausa.org In Defense of Animals Calls for Improved Equipment and Safety Procedures in the Wake of a Baby Gorilla’s Death at the San Francisco Zoo San Rafael, Calif. (November 17, 2014) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization based in San Rafael, California, is calling on […]

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In Defense of Animals Files Federal Complaint in Death of Wildlife Safari Elephant

by Eric Phelps

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Toni Frohoff, Ph.D., 805-836-0496, toni@idausa.org In Defense of Animals Files Federal Complaint in Death of Wildlife Safari Elephant What Killed Alice the Elephant – Was it a Car Wash or Captivity? San Rafael, Calif. (November 6, 2014) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) today filed a complaint with the U.S. Department […]

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IDA Denounces Woodland Park Zoo’s Elephant Program Plan

by Nicole Meyer

Today, In Defense of Animals and Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants, a Seattle advocacy group, released the following joint news release denouncing the Zoo’s plan for its elephant program. IDA and Friends have long advocated for the humane retirement of Bamboo, Chai, and Watoto to a sanctuary. In response to increased criticism, the Zoo […]