Archive for June, 2010

Top U.S. Law Firm Threatens Suit over BLM Wild Horse Roundup in California

Planned Capture of 2,000 Mustangs and Burros Sets Stage For Court Battle Over Federal Wild Horse Management Program Washington, DC (June 22, 2010) – Today, the national law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney P.C. (BIR) notified the U.S. Department of Justice that it intends to file suit over the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) proposed roundup and removal of 1,855 wild horses and 210 burros in ... Full story

Worldwide Demonstrations Mark Second Annual International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos on Saturday

In Defense of Animals challenges zoos to use science, not emotion, in controversial elephant debate San Rafael, Calif. – On its second annual International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos, In Defense of Animals (IDA) is challenging zoos to embrace the latest science that clearly identifies what elephants need to thrive, rather than continue to confine them in inadequate and unnatural zoo displays ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Urges Public to Contact Obama to Reinstate Moratorium on All Off-Shore Drilling

San Rafael, Calif. – As more than 500,000 to one million gallons of oil spew into the Gulf of Mexico daily killing untold numbers of wildlife and destroying critical habitat to sustain more than 400 species of marine-based animals, In Defense of Animals (IDA) is urging the public to demand that President Obama reinstate the moratorium on all off-shore drilling in U.S. “It is preposterous that ... Full story

Taima, SeaWorld Orlando orca, dies giving birth to stillborn calf fathered by Tilikum

Taima, a 20-year-old orca at SeaWorld Orlando, died Sunday at the park while in labor with a stillborn calf. Taima's calf was fathered by Tilikum, the orca who killed trainer Dawn Brancheau in February. Dr. Chris Dold, SeaWorld's vice president of veterinary services, told the Orlando Sentinel that the calf was in an unusual position in the birth canal and that Taima's labor was ... Full story

Another Orca Dies At SeaWorld Orlando; IDA calls for end to public display of captive orcas

San Rafael, Calif. – In Defense of Animals (IDA) says the death of Taima, a 20-year-old orca who died Sunday while giving birth to her stillborn calf at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida reinforcs IDA’s argument that orcas are unsuitable for life in captivity. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) must create regulations to prohibit captive breeding and phase out the public display of orcas. Tilikum, ... Full story

In Defense of Animals Announces New President Scotlund Haisley

San Rafael, Calif. (June 4, 2010) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) has appointed Scotlund Haisley as its new president. Haisley will lead the international animal protection organization in its mission to protect animals' rights, welfare, and habitat through education, outreach, and hands-on rescue. “Scotlund Haisley has been a dynamic force in the animal protection world for more than 20 years, and brings an impressive variety ... Full story

Farewell to a Friend: Remembering Golden Girl and Animal Lover Rue McClanahan

Rue McClanahan, most famously known for her portrayal of feisty Southern belle Blanche Devereaux in Golden Girls, tragically passed away early Thursday morning of a stroke. A revered actress, Rue was also a passionate lover of animals. She had been offering refuge to sheltered animals in her own home for longer than the popular run of the '80s sitcom to which she owed her fame. ... Full story
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