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, […]


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. […]


Our 2015 Hall of Shame Winner…

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Our 2015 Hall of Shame Winner in the Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants List is the Bronx Zoo, where 44-year-old Happy, a miserable elephant, resides alone. In Esquire’s “Why Elephants in American Zoos May Be the Next Orcas in Blackfish,” Happy’s story is told and our very own Toni Frohoff, Ph.D. explains in detail […]


Worst Zoos List Reported by Daily Mail

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

The Daily Mail, one of the UK’s biggest-selling daily newspapers, published an article on IDA’s recently released 10 Worst Zoos for Elephants list. With nearly two million readers a day, the Daily Mail article provides significant international traction for this list, which exposes the 10 Worst Zoos for Elephants in North America. The article lauds […]


Lies of Buttonwood Park Zoo and Southwick’s Zoo Challenged

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

We’re thrilled about all the positive media attention our 2015 Top Ten Worst Zoos For Elephants List is getting, though we’re eager to challenge the inaccurate responses by Buttonwood Zoo and Southwick’s Zoo in Massachusetts which were published in an article by the Boston Globe called, “the elephant -or two-in the room.” While the article […]


Shocking Approval

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Shocking Approval: Elephants Will Be Torn From Africa And Imprisoned In U.S. For Entertainment BREAKING NEWS: In a shocking and irresponsible move, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will make a devastating announcement tomorrow that it will allow 18 young African elephants kidnapped from the wild and their families to be shipped to three […]


Shock Approval: Elephants Will Be Torn From Africa And Imprisoned

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Toni Frohoff, Ph.D.,, (805) 836-0496 Shock Approval: Elephants Will Be Torn From Africa And Imprisoned In U.S. For Entertainment San Rafael, CA (Jan 21, 2016) – In Defense of Animals has blasted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) following an announcement today that it will allow […]