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Urgent: Ban the Use of Wild Animals for Entertainment in Los Angeles!
Los Angeles Councilmember David Ryu has introduced a motion to ban the use of wild…
When Science Supports Animal Rights – Why Are We So Behind?
A brand-new book is available that has the potential to change the lives of all…
Stop Bid to Slaughter Elephants for Trophies and Ivory!
We must stop the bid to reverse protection of elephants proposed in the African Elephant…
Sri Lankan Activists Halt Baby Elephant “Gift” From Being Shipped to New Zealand
In February of 2016, at a meeting in Colombo, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena…
Free Elephants Vaigai and Mari from the Dysfunctional & Disaccredited Honolulu Zoo
Hawaii is no paradise for Vaigai and Mari, two female Indian elephants who have for…
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In Defense of Animals Signs on to Asia for Animals Coalition Appeal
We have signed on with 195 other organizations to Asia for Animals (AfA) Coalition in support of its End Circus Suffering campaign. AfA’s appeal letter is respectfully…
Do Elephants Really Sleep Only Two Hours Per Day?
Researchers discover wild elephants sleeping just two hours per twenty-four hours and going without sleep for days.
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Am I Not An Animal?!
This is the question that author and ecologist Dr. Carl Safina asked at the symposium curiously titled, “I am not an animal!” held in Atlanta, Georgia and sponsored…
Free Asha From Unnatural Imprisonment at Natural Bridge Zoo
Natural Bridge Zoo continues to be a prison for Asha, a 33-year old African elephant. Life for Asha consists of complete isolation from any other elephants.
End Zoo Rides on Abused Elephants
IDA’s #10 Worst Zoo for Elephants: Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, Massachusetts Most summers, Southwick’s Zoo in Massachusetts hires a California-based company to…
Free Lucky - The Loneliest Elephant in Texas
IDA’s #6 Worst Zoo for Elephants: San Antonio Zoo Lucky is a solitary Asian elephant held captive at the San Antonio Zoo. The only luck she is in is having a strong…
Justice for Harambe - Shot by the Cincinnati Zoo
Caged and killed. These words describe Harambe’s life and now his death. Just one day after celebrating his 17th birthday, on May 28th, Harambe was gunned down…
Justice For Chai - Dead at #3 Worst Zoo for Elephants
Oklahoma City Zoo is to blame. On January 30, beloved Asian elephant Chai was found dead, alone and laying outside in the cold elephant yard at Oklahoma City Zoo.…
Our 2015 Hall of Shame Winner...
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…
Worst Zoos List Reported by Daily Mail
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…
New Year – Same Old Lies
2016 is upon us, and each year at this time, we release our list of 10 Worst Zoos for Elephants (now in its 12th year) to shed light on the dismal lives of elephants…
Ringling Ends Use of Elephants in Its Circuses
Must a New Show Go On? Ringling Bros. announced that its performing elephants will “retire” this May to a “conservation” center 18 months earlier than planned.…
62 Zimbabwe Elephants Poisoned with Cyanide - and then Butchered for their Tusks
At least 62 elephants, including babies, were brutally murdered by being poisoned with cyanide in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. At first it was assumed that…
Great News For Wildlife From the State of Washington!
Washington residents vote to protect wildlife with the passage of ‘Washington Animal Trafficking Initiative’ Earlier this week, Initiative 1401 won in every county…
Portland Premiere of “From Suffering to Satori”
**Oregon Residents** Join Us for the Portland Premiere of “From Suffering to Satori” A Benefit for Free the Oregon Zoo Elephants (FOZE) Come to a special film event…
U.S. Zoos Want to Import Wild Elephants from Swaziland
Join The Rumble! We recently announced that three U.S. zoos are trying to import 18 wild elephants from Swaziland, a small, monarchy-run kingdom in Southern Africa.…
What Do The Elephants Know?
It was reported last month from Kenya, that in mid-August, three bull elephants were speared with poisoned arrows by ivory poachers. Amazingly, the three elephants…
Global March Marched On!
Last weekend, thousands of people around the world took peacefully to the streets (some even to the rivers and oceans in procession) to support elephants and rhinos…
California Bans Ivory
AB 96 becomes Law: Huge Victory for Wild Elephants and Rhinos! California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 96 into law, making California the third State in the…
Do Your Part to Help Elephants and Rhinos
California is Poised to Becomes the First State to Ban the Bullhook and the Third State to Ban the Trade of Ivory and Rhino Horn! As of this afternoon, we still…
Join Us for 2015 Global March for Elephants and Rhinos
In Defense of Animals is partnering up with the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos in three cities in California this year so please come out and join us for…
Craigslist: Elephant Haters or Lovers?
Thought Craigslist was a harmless forum for posting local classifieds? Think again. A report published this spring by the International Fund for Animal Welfare…
Join Us for World Elephant Day
Happening on Wednesday, August 12 Worldwide! World Elephant Day created this special occasion to bring attention to the worsening plight of elephants in the wild.…
Thank You on Behalf of Elephants!
Great News for African Elephants – Thanks to President Obama! President Obama’s recent visit to Kenya proved to be extremely beneficial for African elephants. We…
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