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 […]


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 […]


“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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


#4 Worst Zoo For Elephants: What You Can Do

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

Un-Natural Elephant Deaths at Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon For over five years running, Wildlife Safari, a drive-through wild animal park in Winston, Oregon, has featured on In Defense of Animals’ list of the Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants. Wildlife Safari claims to be committed to the “conservation, preservation, and research of native and exotic […]


Calling on Friends of Elephants in Portland, Oregon!

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  April 16th Rally for Packy’s 54th Birthday at Oregon Zoo Join In Defense of Animals along with Free the Oregon Zoo Elephants (FOZE) and Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants (FoWPZE) on April 16th to let Packy know that we continue to advocate for his freedom. Packy, North America’s oldest living elephant, has spent every one of […]


Help Lonely Lucy the Elephant in Canada

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Ask the Alberta Government to NOT RENEW the Edmonton Valley Zoo’s permit. The Edmonton Valley Zoo in Alberta is the sad home of Lucy, an Asian elephant who lives in solitary confinement in one of the coldest cities in Canada. Lucy suffers from foot disease, arthritis, and an undiagnosed respiratory condition that is causing […]


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 […]


#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 […]