Please consider joining our amazing group of IDA supporters

by Web Team

  Please consider joining our amazing group of IDA supporters, Animal Advocates. By making a tax- deductible monthly donation, you will be providing aid to an organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of so many animals. 84% of your monthly gift will directly support our advocacy and outreach or direct care programs here […]


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 […]

Faux Fur Blog

Faux Fur May Be Dog, Cat or Rabbit Fur!

by Melissa Flower

  Canadian MP Takes Action We recently reported on the loophole within America’s leather industry that ends up allowing dog skin products being imported from Asia, simply due to nonexistent labeling or mislabeling. Consumers still purchasing leather goods, could very well be wearing dog skin and supporting the horrific dog meat industry in Asia, and […]


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 […]


Help Locate Missing Dog Taken From Panola County Car Wreck

by Doll Stanley

  MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Help Locate Missing Dog Taken From Panola County Car Wreck Contact: Doll Stanley,, (662) 809-4483. Interviews available with accident victims and Justice for Animal Coalition Director. Panola County, Mississippi (January 11, 2016) – In Defense of Animals, the international animal protection organization that founded the Justice for Animals […]


IDA Launches Animal Activist Helpline

by Nadia Schilling

IDA is excited to announce that we’re launching an Animal Activist Helpline as part of our Sustainable Activism Campaign! This service is the very first of its kind, offering free self-help resources and emotional support for animal activists. Our goal is to help animal activists gain clarity on their missions, work effectively and efficiently, create […]


Developing Resilience

by Deborah Brister

Part 1: Realistic Optimism If you’ve worked as an animal rights activist for an organization, you’ve probably observed a vast array of your colleague’s responses and reactions to stressful, traumatic situations. How well we handle trauma and tragedy is, in part, how resilient we are, and as an animal advocate, we often undergo prolonged (chronic) […]

Orcas begging for food.

Captive Orca Update

by Web Team

SeaWorld’s Excuses for Orca Entertainment Are a Complete Flop Earlier this month, IDA attended a roundtable discussion in San Diego where SeaWorld defended their captive orca programs and attempted to regain public trust. SeaWorld has been under fire ever since Tillikum, an adult male orca, killed a third person and the movie, Blackfish, heavily promoted […]


What is Vegan Spirituality?

by Judy Carman

How can it help activists and animals? Is Spirituality a Part of Your Life? As an animal advocate, how would you react if asked, “Are you a spiritual person?” Some of you may have an immediate knee-jerk reaction against the word “spirituality,” which often brings to mind religion and churches. Most places of worship, as […]