Archive for 2010

In Defense Of Animals Reward Increased To $1,000 To Catch Grenada County Horse Killer

Grenada, Miss. (Dec. 22, 2010) – On December 9, Lee Pickens of Grenada, Mississippi discovered that one of his horses had been killed and the other wounded. In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization that operates the Hope Animal Sanctuary in Grenada, offered a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who shot the ... Full story

REWARD OFFERED IN MALICIOUS SHOOTING OF GRENADA COUNTY HORSES

IN DEFENSE OF ANIMALS OFFERS $500 FOR ARREST & CONVICTION OF SHOOTER Grenada, Miss. (Dec. 9, 2010) – In Defense of Animals, an international animal protection organization, has posted a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who callously and maliciously shot two horses in their pasture on 4897 Sweethome Road, Grenada, MS. On December 9, Lee Pickens received ... Full story

Elephant Aggression At San Antonio Zoo Alarms Top Elephant Expert

In Defense of Animals files federal complaint seeking to avert mammoth disaster San Rafael, Calif. (Dec. 7, 2010) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) today filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), citing dangerous aggression between the elephants at the San Antonio Zoo. Backed by one of the world’s leading elephant scientists, the complaint warns of dire consequences should Lucky and Boo continue ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Adds $1,500 To Reward Fund To Catch Criminal Who Cut Off Puppy’s Ears

San Diego, Calif. (December 2, 2010) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization with over 85,000 members, announced today it has added $1,500 to a $3,000 reward fund established by San Diego Animal Advocates. The reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for cutting the ears off of a one month old puppy ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Celebrates Monumental Victory For Sea Lions

San Francisco, Calif. (November 24, 2010) – After a year of deliberation, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled to block the National Marine Fisheries Service's killing of federally protected sea lions on the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington. In Defense of Animals (IDA) and the Sea Lion Defense Brigade (SLDB) have campaigned against the state-sanctioned sea lion killing for more than three ... Full story

Sarah Palin’s ‘snuff film’ has animal rights groups angry

Though viewers are falling faster than bludgeoned halibuts (the show's ratings dropped by 40 percent to 3 million for Sunday's show), "Sarah Palin's Alaska" still has more than enough viewers to stir up controversy. Animal rights activists are up in arms over Palin's treatment of a halibut in the latest episode. In Defense of Animals has called the footage of ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Urges Holiday Shoppers To Go Fur-Free

Fur Free Friday Will Once Again Be World’s Largest Animal Rights Demo San Rafael, Calif. (November 23, 2010) – Fur Free Friday, the world’s largest annual animal rights demonstration, will take place this year on November 26, the day after Thanksgiving. Activists will greet shoppers with images of fur-bearing animals, urging them to avoid buying items with fur or fur trim. In Defense of Animals (IDA) ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Pledges $2,500 To Catch And Convict Killers Of Swan At Palace Of Fine Arts

San Rafael, Calif. (November 22, 2010) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) has pledged $2,500 to a reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who killed a Mute Swan at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. The bird was one of the last remaining members of a swan family who have lived in the Palace of Fine Arts ... Full story

West Peoria Woman Receives National Award For Compassionate Work For Animals

West Peoria, Illinois (November 15, 2010) – Doris Muller of West Peoria, Illinois has been recognized with a Guardian Award by In Defense of Animals (IDA), a national animal protection organization based in California. IDA’s Guardian Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate extraordinary care and compassion toward other species. Ms. Muller, co-founder of Peoria Voices for Animals, has rescued countless animals. Her home has become a shelter ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals To Protest At Pinniped-Fishery Interaction Task Force Meeting Today

Wildlife advocates say sea lion lethal removal program is failing to protect salmon, and oppose decision to add many more native predators to “hit list.” Portland, Ore. (November 10, 2010) - In Defense of Animals (IDA) will hold a demonstration to save sea lions at noon today outside the Doubletree Hotel, Lloyd Center, in Portland. The demo will draw public scrutiny to the meeting of the ... Full story

In Defense of Animals Urges Feds to Bust Cole Brothers Circus

Animal protection organization uncovers scheme to circumvent federal law San Rafael, Calif. (November 4, 2010) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization, is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take action against the Cole Brothers Circus for its seeming role in an elaborate scheme to circumvent federal animal welfare laws by helping Florida-based animal handler Lance Ramos Kollman exhibit his ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Blasts San Diego Zoo Plan To Loan Elephants To Los Angeles Zoo

San Rafael, Calif. (October 30, 2010) –  In Defense of Animals (IDA) is blasting the San Diego Zoo for its plan to loan two elephants to the Los Angeles Zoo, claiming the move is detrimental to the elephants’ welfare. The San Diego Zoo received Tina and Jewel after they were removed by federal agencies from an abusive circus handler last year. “Scientific research shows that inter-zoo transfers ... Full story

Actress Emily Deschanel Supports World Go Vegan Week

It’s no surprise to us that Bones actress Emily Deschanel is speaking up in support of World Go Vegan Week — an initiative started by the nonprofit group In Defense of Animals. Deschanel has been an outspoken vegan for many years and regularly discusses the health, environmental and animal welfare issues behind a plant-based diet. “The 5th annual World Go Vegan Week is taking place this year ... Full story

Emily Deschanel Joins In Defense Of Animals To Promote Vegan Diet

Actress endorses annual World Go Vegan Week, October 24 – 31 San Francisco, Calif. (October 13, 2010) - The 5th annual World Go Vegan Week, October 24 – 31, spotlights the advantages of a vegan diet for our health, the environment, and the economy. A vegan diet is a vegetarian diet that also avoids animal by-products such as eggs and milk. In Defense of Animals (IDA) ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Urges Feds To Investigate Elephant Death At Wildlife Safari

Zoo urged to publicly release Tiki’s veterinary records San Rafael, Calif. (October 7, 2010) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) today filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), urging an investigation into the death of Tiki, a female African elephant held at the Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon. Tiki died on Wednesday after suffering an unidentified illness. “Tiki’s unexpected death raises a red flag ... Full story

In Defense of Animals Offers a One-Time $2000 Reward for Information Leading to the Arrest and Conviction of a Deer Poacher

Deer Defender’s anti-poaching program introduced to combat increasing numbers of illegally killed deer Cuyahoga County, OH (September 24, 2010) - In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal-protection organization, is offering a $2000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any individual(s) who has illegally harmed or killed white-tailed deer in Cuyahoga County. Local citizens have spotted deer wandering through urban areas, wounded with ... Full story

Brookfield Zoo Elephant Transfer Shows Zoos Are Failing Elephants

San Rafael, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2010) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) is citing the recent transfer of the African elephant Joyce from the Brookfield Zoo near Chicago to a Six Flags theme park in New Jersey as just one more example of how zoos are failing elephants and causing them great suffering. Joyce was the zoo’s only elephant. Female elephants naturally live in large, stable ... Full story

Dead Southwick’s Zoo Elephant Had Tuberculosis

Zoo urged to release autopsy report due to serious public health concerns San Rafael, Calif. (Sept. 13, 2010) – In light of the alarming news that an elephant who gave rides at the Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, Massachusetts died from tuberculosis, In Defense of Animals (IDA) sent an urgent letter to the zoo today, demanding the immediate release of the elephant’s necropsy report. According to an article ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Rebukes SeaWorld For Deadly Captive Breeding Programs And Public Display of Orcas

Following premature death of young orca Sumar, IDA renews call for government action San Rafael, Calif. (September 9, 2010) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) today blasted SeaWorld for the death of Sumar, a young 12-year old male orca who lived a tragic and completely unnatural existence as a circus animal at SeaWorld in San Diego. A victim of SeaWorld’s ruthless and continuing attempts to breed ... Full story

In Defense of Animals Partners With Rescue Chocolate To Help Animals In September

San Rafael, Calif. (September 2, 2010) – Chocolate is not good for dogs, but during the month of September it just may be the sweetest way to help animals. Rescue Chocolate is donating 100% of its profits for September to In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization. The vegan, kosher, and dark chocolate products raise awareness about companion animal overpopulation, ... Full story

In Defense of Animals In Oregon Appellate Court Today To Free Sea Lion “Willy”

IDA to argue that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) captured “Willy”below the Bonneville Dam without proper authority Salem Ore. (September 2, 2010) - A California sea lion held captive in Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas is unaware that his fate will be decided today in court. In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization, will represent Willy at a 1:30 p.m. ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Applauds Cruelty Conviction

Grenada, Miss. (September 1, 2010) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) today applauded the animal cruelty conviction of Annie Ruth Sanders. IDA’s Hope Animal Sanctuary (HAS, formerly Project Hope) and the Charleston, Mississippi Police Department worked together in July to rescue six starving, chained dogs from Sanders’ property on West Main Street in Charleston. Videotape of the dogs’ conditions and the rescues may be seen at ... Full story

Hope Bohanec interview on Vegan World Radio

Hope Bohanec interview on Vegan World Radio from August 25, 2010. Full story

Reward Offered In Case Of Internet Puppy Killer

In Defense of Animals offers $5,000 for information leading to conviction of woman who threw puppies in river San Francisco, Calif. (August 31, 2010) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization, today offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest, prosecution, and conviction of a woman videotaped throwing puppies into a river. The act is believed to have occurred in ... Full story

Thursday: Opening Night Protest of Ringling Bros. Circus

Circus mired in controversy over abusive treatment of elephants Portland, Ore. (August 31, 2010) – This Thursday, Oregon members of In Defense of Animals (IDA) will join other concerned citizens to protest the opening night of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Portland. Ringling has been embroiled in controversy over its brutal treatment of elephants, including calves ripped away from their mothers for ... Full story

Animal cruelty: Guardians, not owners

ELIZABETH EVANS The York Dispatch Updated: 08/27/2010 11:11:51 AM EDT The power of words isn't lost on the York County SPCA -- especially the power words can have over those who can't speak for themselves. That's why in late 2009, the Emigsville shelter changed a simple term in its adoption contracts. Instead of being "owners," people adopting dogs, cats and other pets from the shelter are now ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Praises OSHA Citation Of SeaWorld For Knowingly Endangering Human Lives

San Rafael, Calif. (August 25, 2010) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) today praised the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for issuing three safety violations, including one classified as “willful,” to SeaWorld Orlando as a result of the death of Dawn Brancheau, a dolphin trainer killed at SeaWorld by Tilikum, a 17 foot male orca. “Orcas are apex predators who suffer intensely from the confinement ... Full story

Run/Walk For Animals This Saturday In Duluth

St. Marlo Country Club 5K to raise funds for In Defense of Animals Duluth, Ga. (August 25, 2010) – Georgia members of the international animal protection organization In Defense of Animals (IDA) have organized a 5K Run/Walk to benefit IDA’s worldwide campaigns for animals. The event will take place Saturday, August 28, at 7:30 a.m.at the St. Marlo Country Club, 7765 St. Marlo Country Club Parkway, ... Full story

Animal Rights Group: Egg Recall Is Reason to Stick to Veggies

Friday, August 20, 2010 By Jessica Ryen Doyle An animal rights group dedicated to "end animal exploitation, cruelty, and abuse by protecting and advocating for the rights, welfare, and habitats of animals" says the salmonella outbreak that has sparked a massive egg recall is not an isolated incident and demonstrates the danger of consuming animal products. In Defense of Animals (IDA), which is based in San Rafael, Calif., ... Full story

Egg Recall Reveals Dangers of Eating Animal Products

In Defense of Animals warns against eating sick birds or their eggs San Rafael, Calif. (August 20, 2010) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) said today that the salmonella outbreak requiring the recall of close to 400 million eggs is not an isolated incident, and demonstrates the danger of consuming animal products produced in factory farms. Since January, there have been dozens of recalls by the ... Full story

Geese Returning To Prospect Park Shows Slaughter Failed

As In Defense of Animals predicted, 107 new geese replaced those city killed New York, NY (August 19, 2010) – In the thirty-eight days since New York City captured and gassed to death an entire population of Canada geese in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, 107 new geese have taken their place, reports In Defense of Animals, an international animal protection organization that has campaigned to end the ... Full story

City Council Members Join In Defense of Animals To Protest New York City’s Massacre of Canada Geese

Rally at City Hall Calls for Humane, Non-Lethal Population Control Programs New York, New York (August 11, 2010) – In Defense of Animals, an international animal protection organization, will be joined by New York City Council members Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, and Letitia James on the steps of City Hall in Manhattan on Thursday, August 12, at noon, to call for an end to the city’s ... Full story

City Council Members Join In Defense of Animals To Protest NYC’s Massacre of Canada Geese

Rally at City Hall Calls for Humane Methods New York (August 9, 2010) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization, will be joined by New York City Council members Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, and Letitia James on the steps of City Hall in Manhattan on Thursday, August 12, at noon, to call for an end to the city’s contract with the ... Full story

Avalon Hotel In Beverly Hills Removing Foie Gras From Menu

Compassionate decision follows discussions with In Defense of Animals about the cruelty inherent in foie gras production Beverly Hills, Calif. (August 5, 2010) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) today congratulated the luxurious Beverly Hills Avalon Hotel for their compassionate decision to remove foie gras from their menu. The Avalon Hotel joins Spago as the second Beverly Hills establishment to remove foie gras. “Foie gras production universally ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Offers Reward for Information Leading to Arrest and Conviction of Those who Decapitated Goats in San Jose

Three decapitated goats left at entrance to popular park evoke outrage from animal protection organization San Rafael, Calif. (August 5, 2010) - In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization that operates hands-on rescue facilities in Mississippi, Africa and India, has offered a reward of $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the reprehensible be-heading of three goats, ... Full story

‘American Idol’ Finalist — Fury Over Hunting Show

Former "American Idol" finalist Kristy Lee Cook has landed right in the crosshairs of an animal rights group -- over a new reality show in which she's on the hunt for a record contract ... and animals to shoot. While promoting her new reality/hunting show "Goin' Country," Cook -- who placed 7th on "Idol" in 2008 -- recently said, "I never used to like killing animals ... Full story

Flap over ‘execution’ of Canada geese goes national

In New York and elsewhere, the geese are killed as nuisances and dangers to aircraft, but a growing legion of fans is crying foul. By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times August 2, 2010 Reporting from New York They have their own Facebook page, where fans post photographs of them in their best light. They have loyal lawmakers who defend them against critics who say they are messy, noisy and ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Urges Feds To Investigate Elephant Death At Southwick’s Zoo

Zoo urged to publicly release Dondi’s veterinary records San Rafael, Calif. (July 30, 2010) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) today filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), urging an investigation into the death of Dondi, an Asian elephant held at the Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, Massachusetts. Dondi died on Wednesday, after suffering an unidentified illness. “Dondi’s unexpected death raises a red flag because ... Full story

In Defense of Animals Urges Feds To End Dangerous Elephant Management Practice

Toledo Zoo attack spurs call for changes to federal animal protection policy San Rafael, Calif. (July 28, 2010) – The July 7th attack by a young African elephant on his keeper at the Toledo Zoo has reignited controversy over the use of circus-style training and the abusive device known as a bullhook. In Defense of Animals (IDA) today sent a letter to the U.S. Department of ... Full story

Seattle Woman Receives National Award For Work Reducing Pet Homelessness And Overpopulation

Seattle, Wash. (July 27, 2010) – Seattle resident Yolanda Morris has received In Defense of Animals’ (IDA) Guardian Award.  The Guardian Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate extraordinary care and compassion toward other species. IDA is an international animal protection organization based in California, with a Northwest office in Portland, Oregon. Ms. Morris is being honored for her dedication to finding homes for hundreds of animals ... Full story

Zoo video lessons

SINCE it was released this week, the video that shows a young elephant at the Toledo Zoo injuring his handler has been viewed more than 20,000 times. Watching the attack is instructive in several ways. It also raises important questions. In the video, elephant handler Don RedFox enters Louie's stall twice. The first time, he's carrying treats for the 7-year-old bull elephant, which appears startled and ... Full story

Toledo Zoo visitor spotted elephant trainer in distress, called for help

911 tape suggests keeper's injuries more severe than first reported Toledo Zoo patron Jennifer Kohler and her family walked up to an exhibit hoping to see 4,000-pound Louie the elephant go through some training exercises, she told The Blade Friday. What the Findlay woman ended up doing instead that July 1 afternoon was to call 911 for help after she saw an elephant trainer - Don RedFox ... Full story

Circus Having a Harder Time Coming to Town

The circus is again coming to Anaheim, which means that also coming to the Anaheim City Council are angry animal rights activists with stories of alleged abuse suffered by the performing animals. This ritual, which played out in Anaheim's council chambers this week, has gone on for years in city halls nationwide. But what is different this year is that the activists are armed with more ... Full story

The world’s worst zoos

Some places you don't want to bring the kids. BOSTON – Unfortunately, when it comes to the worst zoos in the world, the stories are pretty much all the same: small cages and living spaces, unnatural surroundings of concrete and iron, under-feeding and under-watering and well, cruelty in general. However, some zoos go above and beyond expectations of horrible. Ever hear of a zoo misplacing a few animals? ... Full story

Reward offered in case of burned dog in Milford

By Register Staff MILFORD – The international animal protection organization In Defense of Animals of California offered a $2,500 reward Thursday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burn injuries to “Ginger”, a two-year-old Staffordshire terrier. Animal Control Officer Rick George and members of the city’s Animal Control Office found the dog on July 11 after they responded to a complaint ... Full story

In Defense of Animals Offers $2,500 Reward In Dog Burning Case

Animal protection organization seeks information leading to arrest and conviction of whomever burned “Ginger” Milford, Conn. (July 22, 2010) – On July 11, 2010 a two-year-old female Staffordshire Terrier, dubbed “Ginger” in the media, was found roaming the streets of Milford, Connecticut with third degree burns all over her head and upper body. The international animal protection organization In Defense of Animals (IDA) has offered a ... Full story

Monkeys on the move

NEWCASTLE, OK – A truck full of monkeys made a stop here in Oklahoma. They came from New Jersey after spending time in a research lab where they were allegedly used for the testing of toxic chemicals. The pharmaceutical company where they were living went out of business and an international animal protection organization called In Defense Of Animals went to work finding the long-tailed ... Full story

Rescue Of 55 Monkeys From Insolvent New Jersey Research Lab Continues

1,700-mile journey to freedom will reach Oklahoma sanctuary today, then on to Texas sanctuaries Friday night and Saturday San Antonio, Texas (July 16, 2010) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection and rescue organization, is transporting 55 rescued long-tailed macaque monkeys from an insolvent toxicology laboratory in Oxford, New Jersey. Continuing a journey that began yesterday, IDA will deliver eight of the monkeys ... Full story

LAWSUIT FILED TO STOP DOI ROUNDUP OF 2,000 WILD HORSES IN CALIFORNIA

Sacramento, Calif. (July 15, 2010) – Today a lawsuit was filed to stop the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from rounding up and removing nearly 2,000 wild horses and burros from the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area north of Susanville, California. The roundup, slated to begin in August, is the second largest capture and removal operation planned by the BLM for Fiscal ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Assists In Rescue Of 55 Monkeys From New Jersey Research Lab

Organization coordinates 1,700-mile journey to freedom Oxford, N.J. (July 15, 2010) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection and rescue organization, along with several other groups has rescued 118 beagles and 55 long-tailed macaque monkeys from an insolvent toxicology laboratory in Oxford, New Jersey. The beagles were transported from the lab to shelters two weeks ago. Today, IDA will take the monkeys to ... Full story
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