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Help Nosey Escape the Circus!

by Nicole Meyer

IDA has two new “Breaking News” items featured on that just by chance have a common thread (besides the fact they’re about elephants), and that’s the African nation of Zimbabwe. We reported on an elephant named Nosey, who was traumatically torn from her family and shipped to the U.S. before she was even two […]

Queenie and Congress: How to effectively respond to letters from senators and representatives when you don’t get the answer you want

by Nicole Meyer

Many of you wrote to your members of Congress in the past two weeks to request help in ensuring that the USDA is held responsible for its actions in sending Queenie to a tiny, antiquated exhibit in the San Antonio Zoo. We had long urged that she go to a sanctuary where she could get […]

International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos is a Mammoth Success!

by Nicole Meyer

This year’s International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos (IDAEZ) was a huge success, featuring events in 34 cities in 7 countries and our first-ever virtual protest that used social networking technology to circulate nearly 10,000 messages about how elephants suffer and die prematurely in zoos.On Saturday, dedicated activists organized and attended demonstrations that […]


by Nicole Meyer

Saturday is the International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos, when activists around the world will be sending a message that elephants just don’t belong in cramped, unnatural displays that shorten their lives by decades. This year, everyone can help the elephants, no matter where you live, by participating in our first-ever virtual demonstration […]

International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos Special Alert!

by Nicole Meyer

Justice for Queenie: Tell the USDA It’s Time to Protect Elephant Welfare Instead of Zoos’ Interests The International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos (IDAEZ) takes place this Saturday, with more than 30 events in five countries. You can help the elephants, even if you don’t live near a zoo, by sending a message […]

Stop Zimbabwe From Selling Baby Elephants to North Korea

by Nicole Meyer

Two wild caught eighteen-month-old baby elephants will be sent from Zimbabwe to North Korea, as part of a sale that includes a variety of wildlife, including pairs of giraffe, zebra, antelope, hyenas, monkeys and birds. News sources are also reporting that as many as five other countries, including Japan and Mozambique, are requesting similar purchases […]

Queenie Needs Your Help More Than Ever!

by Nicole Meyer

Urge Senate Agriculture Committee to investigate USDA’s role in sending her to inadequate zoo After a lifetime of abuse in the circus industry, and over the objections of IDA, elephant experts, and thousands of caring citizens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) orchestrated the transfer of the elephant Queenie last month to the San Antonio […]

Elephant Escape From Circus Spurs Federal Complaint

by Nicole Meyer

IDA filed a complaint today with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) over an incident in which an elephant named Viola temporarily escaped from the Cole Bros. Circus in Lynchburg, Virginia, and was injured after a fall. We have called on the USDA to order  Cole to cease using Viola in performances or to give rides […]

Queenie needs your help more than ever!

by Nicole Meyer

The San Antonio Zoo has announced that Queenie arrived Wednesday morning. We ask that you continue to call Secretary Vilsack’s office at 202-720-3631 and express your outrage. Tell him the USDA is responsible for this move and must take immediate action to remove Queenie and send her to the PAWS sanctuary. Read more. This blog […]