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Campaigners Rejoice – Bullhooks Banned

by Fleur Dawes

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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Your Urgent Action Needed to Ban Bullhook Use

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

Just this week, the Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife voted 12-2 in favor of SB 1062, the bill introduced by Senator Ricardo Lara to ban the use of cruel bullhooks on captive elephants. Passing out of next Tuesday’s Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media is critical in order for this bill […]

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Encouraging News for California’s Captive Elephants

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  SB 1062, the California Bullhook Ban won a 12-2 favorable vote in the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee Assembly Meeting at the State Capitol in Sacramento yesterday morning.  While there is still a ways to go for this bill to become law, things are definitely looking up for captive elephants in California today! Last […]

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Send Elephants from A Worst Zoo to Sanctuary

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  What You Can Do For Elephants in North America’s #5 Worst Zoo For the last thirty years, Asian elephants Ruth and Emily have been forced to share a tiny exhibit in the cold winter city of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Emily outweighs Ruth by 1,200 pounds, and these two do not DO NOT get along. […]

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#4 Worst Zoo For Elephants: What You Can Do

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

Un-Natural Elephant Deaths at Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon For over five years running, Wildlife Safari, a drive-through wild animal park in Winston, Oregon, has featured on In Defense of Animals’ list of the Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants. Wildlife Safari claims to be committed to the “conservation, preservation, and research of native and exotic […]

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Calling on Friends of Elephants in Portland, Oregon!

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  April 16th Rally for Packy’s 54th Birthday at Oregon Zoo Join In Defense of Animals along with Free the Oregon Zoo Elephants (FOZE) and Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants (FoWPZE) on April 16th to let Packy know that we continue to advocate for his freedom. Packy, North America’s oldest living elephant, has spent every one of […]

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#2 Worst Zoo – What You Can Do:

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  If Virginia is for Lovers, Why is Asha Still Alone? This month, our spotlight for In Defense of Animals’ Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants is trained on the #2 worst offender (and #1 offender of 2014), Natural Bridge Zoo in Rockbridge County, Virginia.  32-year-old female elephant Asha lives a most unnatural life. If nothing […]

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Stolen Swaziland Elephants Begin Life Sentence in 3 U.S. Zoo

by Caroline Saxon

  Swaziland’s “Stolen 18” elephants are now 17, due to the death in December of one of the male bulls, apparently kept secret from the public. These 17 elephants, captured for three U.S. zoos under the guise of “saving” them, have begun serving their life sentences at the Dallas Zoo, Sedgwick County Zoo in Kansas […]

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Experts Agree: Zoos Do More Harm Than Good

by Jacqueline Barba

Across their 5,500-year history, and regardless of improvements through the ages, the central problem of zoos has remained the same: zoos cannot accommodate the psychological and physical needs of the animals they keep captive. Claims that captivity somehow benefits animals at-risk in the wild ring equally hollow. A recent column by Antonia Russo makes this […]

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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 […]