Elephant Expose at Oregon Zoo

by Caroline Saxon

  A searing and seminal report on Oregon Zoo’s mistreated elephants by KOIN 6 news in Portland and IDA in the News. In an unprecedented, in-depth investigation, Carla Castano of KOIN 6 news in Portland Oregon has exposed the dark truth of the Oregon Zoo’s (OZ) long-suffering captive elephants. This four-part series puts into question […]


Sneaky Trapping Bill Defeated!

by Anja Heister

Bill that Sought to Hide Trapping behind Hunting VETOED by Montana’s Governor What a relief! On Monday, Montana’s Governor Steve Bullock used his veto power to prevent Senate Bill 334 from becoming law. Read his letter here. Touted as a bill introducted for the purpose of allegedly “cleaning up” several sections of the Montana Code […]


For Chai & Bamboo a Zoo Won’t Do!

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Bamboo and Chai’s Saga for Elephant Sanctuary Peaks with Federal Injunction This week, the Elephant Justice Project (EJP), represented by Smith &Lowney, P.L.L.C., filed a request in federal court requesting an injunction to keep elephants Chai and Bamboo at the San Diego Zoo in California until they can be sent to PAWS sanctuary just […]


Help Chai & Bamboo

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Woodland Park Zoo’s Two Elephants Stranded in San Diego Zoo! With Jane Goodall’s Voice for Chai and Bamboo, the Fight for Sanctuary Continues Nationwide On April 16, the already-beleaguered elephants, Bamboo and Chai, were loaded like product cargo into steel shipping containers at Woodland Park Zoo (WPZ) in Seattle. Unfortunately, they were not headed […]


Severed Mountain Lion Foot Found in Trap

by Anja Heister

  Organizations Team Up in Response In Defense of Animals and two local Montana organizations recently teamed up to call on Montana’s Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) to have more accountability in the management of mountain lions in the Big Sky State after the gruesome and horrific discovery of a severed mountain lion’s […]


A Tragic Tale:

by Anja Heister

  The Struggle of Tule Elk in the Point Reyes National Seashore In Defense of Animals is part of a coalition to fight for the Tule elks’ right to have the freedom to roam safely and also to save their lives from ranchers’ demands for their elimination or deaths within Point Reyes National Seashore in […]


Elephant Spotlight

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

Retire Ruth Now at Buttonwood Zoo! Earlier this month, In Defense of Animals (IDA) filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), charging that the Buttonwood Zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts has been violating the federal Animal Welfare Act by knowingly forcing two incompatible Asian elephants to live in the same enclosure together. […]


Natural Bridge Zoo Has State Permit Suspended

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  IDA’s #1 Worst Zoo for 2014 Under Fire We’re so happy to announce a victorious and encouraging step for Asha, the lone elephant, and the many other animals at the Natural Bridge Zoo, in rural Virginia. IDA’s contention that this zoo is a “roadside atrocity”, deserving of our #1 Worst Zoo for Elephants spot […]


USDA Complaint Against Zoo for Elephant Welfare Concerns

by Eric Phelps

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Toni Frohoff, Ph.D.,, (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 […]