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#4 Worst Zoo For Elephants: What You Can Do

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

Un-Natural Elephant Deaths at Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon For over five years running, Wildlife Safari, a drive-through wild animal park in Winston, Oregon, has featured on In Defense of Animals’ list of the Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants. Wildlife Safari claims to be committed to the “conservation, preservation, and research of native and exotic […]

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Get African Elephants Classified as Endangered Species

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  African elephants are currently listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act, but the US Fish and Wildlife Service is considering uplisting them to “endangered,” which would help to dramatically increase their protection. The issue is open for public comments until May 16th to help determine if the change in status is appropriate and […]

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Calling on Friends of Elephants in Portland, Oregon!

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  April 16th Rally for Packy’s 54th Birthday at Oregon Zoo Join In Defense of Animals along with Free the Oregon Zoo Elephants (FOZE) and Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants (FoWPZE) on April 16th to let Packy know that we continue to advocate for his freedom. Packy, North America’s oldest living elephant, has spent every one of […]

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#2 Worst Zoo – What You Can Do:

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  If Virginia is for Lovers, Why is Asha Still Alone? This month, our spotlight for In Defense of Animals’ Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants is trained on the #2 worst offender (and #1 offender of 2014), Natural Bridge Zoo in Rockbridge County, Virginia.  32-year-old female elephant Asha lives a most unnatural life. If nothing […]

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President Obama: “We Need to Take Urgent Action” to Save Elephants

by Jacqueline Barba

  Calling for “urgent action” in the fight to save elephants, President Obama has promised that his administration “won’t let up” on efforts to prevent the extinction of this majestic species. The President stated his commitment to ending poaching and the ivory trade in an interview with HSUS last Thursday, World Wildlife Day. On the […]

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Sri Lanka “Gifts” Baby Elephant to New Zealand

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  We recently commended Sri Lanka for taking a powerful stand against the ivory trade. Unfortunately, we must now report tragic actions against elephants by the Sri Lankan and New Zealand governments. Recently, the Sri Lankan government “gifted” a baby elephant to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. This “gift” will have the consequences of […]

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Sri Lanka Destroys Ivory Stockpile!

by Jacqueline Barba

In a Seaside Ceremony, Leaders Apologized for Complicity in Poaching Last month, Sri Lanka publicly destroyed its stores of confiscated ivory. In doing so, it became the 16th country to demonstrate a commitment to both ending this illegal trade and also to preventing confiscated ivory from making its way back onto the black market. However, […]

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Did You Know About Kerala’s Suffering Temple Elephants?

by Jacqueline Barba

  Rampant Elephant Abuse in the Indian State Prompts An Official Response A small but significant stand has been taken against the abusive treatment of temple elephants in Kerala, India: an office of the Indian Forest Service (IFS) has filed criminal charges against Thiruvambadi Devaswom Temple for gross neglect of the elephants in its care. […]

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Elephant Attacks, Kills Tourist

by Jacqueline Barba

Renewed Call to End Abusive Animal Tourism in Thailand After Elephant Attacks, Kills Tourist Last week in Thailand,  a British tourist  was thrown, gored, and trampled to death by an elephant he was “riding” during a trek on the island of Koh Samui.  The media attention gained by this incident has increased pressure on the […]

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Beloved Elephant, Chai, Dies at Oklahoma City Zoo

by Caroline Saxon

  Second Elephant Death in Four Months Nine months after being transferred from Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington, Asian elephant, Chai, has been found dead at Oklahoma City Zoo, just months after the death of little Malee. At the youthful age of 37, and before the end of her first Oklahoma winter, her death […]