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 […]


“Ten Worst Tanks” for Dolphins & Whales Named & Shamed by IDA

by Laura Bridgeman

In Defense of Animals (IDA) has released its first-ever list of the Ten Worst Tanks  for dolphins and whales in North America with the #1 spot shaming SeaWorld as the “most disappointing.” Facilities within Canada, the United States and Mexico were chosen to represent the various and myriad problems facing imprisoned dolphins and whales (cetaceans) […]


Swimming in Shame

by Bob Price

  Just as In Defense of Animals has raised awareness and championed the plight of elephants suffering in captivity with our annual list of Ten Worst Zoos, we are now pleased to be able to take a similarly strong action for whales and dolphins. We are excited to announce our first ever listing of the […]


SeaWorld Shamed as #1 Worst Aquarium

by Fleur Dawes

SeaWorld Shamed as #1 Worst Aquarium 10 Worst Tanks for Dolphins and Whales Announced IMAGES: CONTACT: Toni Frohoff, Ph.D.,, (805) 836-0496 San Rafael, CA (July 20, 2016) – International animal protection organization, In Defense of Animals, today released its list of the Ten Worst Tanks for Dolphins and Whales in North America, with the […]


A Quest to Save the Soul of the Ocean

by Bob Price

  For many years, In Defense of Animals has blazed a trail – identifying, exposing, and campaigning to make a better life for elephants confined and abused in circuses and zoos – and protecting them in the wild. Most recently, we helped to end the Ringling Bros Circus’ incessant transport of elephants and the cruel […]