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, […]


European Union Vote at CITES Guarantees More Elephants Will Die

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  The European Union (EU) voting block of 28 nations killed a proposal to list all African elephants on Appendix 1 at the current Conference of the Parties meeting of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). Appendix 1gives the highest protection possible for elephants. If passed, the measure […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]