39 Days of Rescue – Happy

by Bob Price

  I’m Happy! Sadly though, I am not really happy at all! I live all alone at the Bronx Zoo in New York. I have helped scientific understanding of my kind by proving that I could recognize myself in a mirror, yet I am still here, living in the cold winters and missing the companionship […]


PAWS International Captive Wildlife Conference

by Caroline Saxon

  In Defense of Animals was one of the general sponsors at last week’s International Captive Wildlife Conference in San Andreas, California presented by the Performing Animal Welfare Sanctuary (PAWS). Many important issues were discussed concerning captive bears, big cats, and elephants. A lot of ground was covered with a great diversity of speakers. There […]


Maia and Guida Settling in Beautifully

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  South America’s First Elephant Sanctuary Welcomes Its First Residents Maia and Guida, who were forced to perform in the circus for close to 40 years in Brazil, are settling into the freedom of sanctuary life in beautiful ways since their arrival on October 11th. Truly a global endeavour, the Global Sanctuary for Elephants (GSfE) […]


37 Baby Elephants Now Headed for Zoos in China

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Earlier this year in Zimbabwe, thirty-seven baby elephants were captured, stolen from their families,and brought to a holding facility in Hwange National Park. They have been sold to  zoos and safari parks in China, and are currently awaiting shipment. Two baby elephants have already died of starvation and neglect. Despite worldwide efforts to stop […]


Close Buffalo Zoo’s Frozen-In-Time Elephant Exhibit!

by Caroline Saxon

  Close Buffalo Zoo’s Frozen-In-Time Elephant Exhibit!  Frozen in time, the Buffalo Zoo in Buffalo, New York continues to keep the Asian elephant captives, Jothi and Surapa, inside the inhospitable prison it calls a barn, for yet another brutal Buffalo winter. Supporters of Buffalo Zoo brag that the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has granted […]


The Winners and Losers in International Wildlife Trade at CITES

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Illegal trafficking in wildlife parts is an estimated $19 to $23 billion dollar criminal industry, responsible for driving plant and animal species to extinction in the cruelest of ways, and plundering ecosystems into ruin. Fortunately, the 183 member nations who have agreed to be bound by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species […]


New Jersey Residents: Take Action for Elephants in Traveling Shows

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Help Pass Nosey’s Law to END Traveling Elephant Performances in New Jersey! New Jersey Senator Raymond J. Lesniak introduced Senate Bill 2508, Nosey’s Law in September. This bill would ensure that, “… no person shall use an elephant in a traveling animal act” in the State of New Jersey. It may come up for […]


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, […]