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Victory! Bill To Ban Hunting With Hounds Passes Committee!

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In California, hounds are used for hunting black bears and bobcats. This inhumane practice is called “hounding” and uses packs of radio-collared dogs to chase down frightened bears and bobcats, sometimes for many miles, until the animal nears exhaustion and is forced up a tree. When the dogs stop running, the trophy hunter knows that […]

Support California’s Shark Fin Ban

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California has the incredible opportunity to once again be a leader in animal protection and environmental conservation with a new bill that would ban the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins in California, Assembly Bill (AB) 376. Introduced by Assembly members Paul Fong (D-Cupertino) and Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), this bill follows a […]

URGENT ALERT: Please Help the Northern Rocky Mountain Wolves Now!

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Wolves in Montana, Idaho, and the Greater Yellowstone National Park are in grave danger of the Baucus-Tester bill (S. 3864) passing, a legislative attempt to de-list wolves and remove their federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. According to a New York Times editorial, the bill sets “a terrible precedent, opening the door for special-interest […]

BREAKING NEWS! Proposal to Legalize Commercial Whaling FAILS at IWC Meeting!

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After two days of intense negotiations, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) today announced the rejection of a proposal to resume commercial whaling, banned since 1986.  Thousands of IDA members responded to our emergency action alert by sending faxes to President Obama and Congress, urging them to block the whaling proposal. Thank you! It worked! The […]


by Nicole Meyer

We are very pleased to report that proposals by Tanzania and Zambia that would have allowed one-off sales of ivory and weakened protections for elephants were defeated today at the 175-nation Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Doha, Qatar. Tanzania and Zambia were seeking to sell […]

Californians: Black Bears Need Your Help Today and on April 8th.

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The California Dept. of Fish & Game (CDF&G) has submitted proposals to the Governor’s appointed Game Commission that allow more bears to be harassed, left to suffer for longer periods, and killed. While the CDF&G repeats in their proposed regulatory changes that their interest is to “maintain the State’s black bear population in a healthy […]