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Seattle Elephant Bamboo in Peril at Oklahoma Zoo

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  After Woodland Park Zoo finally closed its elephant exhibit in May of 2015, its two remaining elephants, Chai and Bamboo, were shipped off to Oklahoma Zoo after a long and heated battle that nearly won them sanctuary. Chai died eight months after the transfer to Oklahoma Zoo from emaciation, a blood infection, and other health […]

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How You Can Prevent Mass Extinctions

by Will Anderson

  It seems like it’s almost every day we are reminded that humanity is causing extinctions of other species at an accelerating rate. It can feel like an overwhelming problem, but we have the power to help prevent mass extinction. Here’s how. Researchers recently published a study that found, “Larger marine animals [are] at higher […]

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March Against Extinction with Us on September 24!

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  The coordinated march will raise awareness of the urgent need for action to protect elephants and rhinos against the illegal wildlife trade. Last year more than 130 cities around the world participated. The timing of this year’s march is crucial. It takes place on the first day of the Convention on International Trade in […]

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Groupon: STOP Supporting Elephant Exploitation!

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

IDA’s #8 Worst Zoo for Elephants: Monterey Zoo in Salinas, California Tell Groupon to stop supporting this sham of a sanctuary: Monterey Zoo’s Vision Quest Ranch in Salinas, California. Monterey Zoo and its Vision Quest Safari Bed and Breakfast in Salinas, California, is owned by Charlie Sammut, an exotic animal trainer. Although it claims to […]

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Victory! Elephants Protected from Brutal Bullhook Abuse in California

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

On Monday, August 29, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB1062 into law to protect captive elephants from brutal bullhook abuse in California. In Defense of Animals supporters in California helped bring this crucial legislation to the Governor’s desk by making your voices heard through your many phone calls and letters. Senator Ricardo Lara first introduced […]

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Campaigners Rejoice – Bullhooks Banned

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CAMPAIGNERS REJOICE AS BARBARIC ELEPHANT BULLHOOKS ARE BANNED FROM CALIFORNIA   Governor Jerry Brown Signs SB1062 Into Law, Protecting Elephants from Brutal Bullhook Abuse CONTACT: Toni Frohoff, Ph.D., toni@idausa.org, (+1) 805-836-0496 Sacramento, CA (August 30, 2016) – California-based international animal protection organization, In Defense of Animals, has welcomed new legislation to prohibit the use of brutal bullhooks […]

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Today is World Elephant Day!

by Caroline Saxon

  The Many Faces of Elephant Suffering Around the World Today, on World Elephant Day, we honor the majesty and magic of elephants around the world. We strengthen our resolve and commitment to protect them at the hands of human beings- their most dangerous threat. Elephants are astonishing. Earth’s largest land mammals are intelligent, socially […]

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Animal Rights Support is Growing!

by Lisa Levinson

  For another year, In Defense of Animals was a proud sponsor of the National Animal Rights Conference. Over 1,700 animal advocates turned out in Los Angeles to learn and share how to do more for animals. Our movement is growing, which is excellent news for the animals whose very lives depend on us! Fabulous […]

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Ringling Bros. Sends Unlucky Elephant to San Antonio Zoo

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  San Antonio Zoo, where Lucky, the 56-years old Asian elephant, has been confined alone, has received a female 40-year old Asian elephant, Nicole,”on loan” from Ringling Bros./Feld Entertainment. Ringling Bros. had publicized how the elephants from its circuses would be going into “retirement” but its deceit is clearly evidenced by the unsupportable action of […]