Free Kaavan the Elephant

by Brittany Michelson

  Chained for 28 Years at Pakistan Zoo; Remains Alone In a Tiny Enclosure Kaavan the elephant was chained for 28 years in a small enclosure at the Islamabad Zoo (also known as the Marghazar Zoo) in Pakistan. He has gangrene-prone gashes around his legs caused from the chronic chaining and is in overall poor […]


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. […]


Baby Elephants Kidnapped in Zimbabwe

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  An Update and How You Can Help In spite of a global outcry surrounding Zimbabwe’s capture and export of approximately 80 baby elephants, the country’s President Robert Mugumbe is not changing his mind. According to National Geographic’s primary source in Zimbabwe, the young elephants, between two and four years old, captured in November of […]


IDA Complaints Prompt Federal Investigation

by Deborah Robinson

IDA Confirms the USDA Is Investigating Notorious Elephant Abuser IDA’s efforts, and those of our supporters, on behalf of a long-suffering elephant named Nosey may be paying off! IDA has learned that Hugo Liebel, Nosey’s exhibitor, is again under investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for ongoing violations of the Animal Welfare Act […]