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More Reasons to Love Elephants

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  African elephants studied in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park are able to recognize the difference between the tribes who may harm them, and those who won’t. The voices, sounds, and smells of Maasai Warrior tribesmen, who occasionally spear elephants in self defense and retaliation, and those of the farming Kamba tribesmen,  who pose no threat, […]

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European Union Vote at CITES Guarantees More Elephants Will Die

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  The European Union (EU) voting block of 28 nations killed a proposal to list all African elephants on Appendix 1 at the current Conference of the Parties meeting of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). Appendix 1gives the highest protection possible for elephants. If passed, the measure […]

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Great News for African Elephants!

by Laura Bridgeman

Twenty-nine African nations seeking to stop the devastating losses of elephants to poachers have successfully stopped a proposal that, if passed, would have ignited the resumption of international trade in elephant ivory. This victory for elephants is happening at the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) Conference of […]

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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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Save Wolf Pups from Aerial Gunning

by Web Team

  The state of Washington is gunning down and wiping out one of its native wolf packs in the Northeast. There are only roughly 100 wolves remaining in the entire state. Pups and adults alike are being killed indiscriminately to line the pockets of a select few, at public expense. Speak up now to stop […]

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UPDATE on BLM’s Plans to Kill and Experiment on Wild Horses

by Clare Read

  Last week, U.S. government agency, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), finally backed down on its gruesome and dangerous plan to conduct sterilization experiments on over 200 wild mares at a facility in Hines, Oregon. It would have been a great victory for the horses and all the caring people like you who acted […]

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20 Dolphins Killed During First Slaughter of 2016 in Taiji

by Laura Bridgeman

The bloody dolphin hunting season in has begun again in Taiji, Japan. September 9 saw the first slaughter of the season, which lasts every year from September to March. An estimated 20 dolphins were killed after they attempted to escape their tormentors, who corralled them with speedboats into a cove made infamous by the Oscar […]