Archive for 2011


CITIZEN COMPLAINT To: Secretary of Defense Leon Edward Panetta From: Hope Bohanec, In Defense of Animals Submitted by fax: (703) 571-8951 December 13, 2011 On behalf of our 100,000 members worldwide, In Defense of Animals (IDA) requests an investigation into the brutal beating of a sheep by a soldier with a metal baseball bat. This November 2011 incident was caught on video in Afghanistan and has circulated around the ... Full story

Union Square Shoppers Hit With Protests

Black Friday discount seekers runs into annual protests         Full story

Stop wasting tax dollars on chimp abuse

Eric Kleiman | In Defense of Animals The National Institutes of Health wants you to believe that chimpanzee experimentation is necessary. It so badly wants you to believe this that the agency just two months ago began to use your tax dollars to fund a propaganda campaign for "educating the public" regarding the "importance of chimpanzees in biomedical research." Why is the ... Full story

Activists Want Probe Of Elephant’s Death

Umoya Found Dead At San Diego Zoo Thursday November 18, 2011 SAN DIEGO -- The animal rights organization, In Defense of Animals (IDA), is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to investigate the circumstances surrounding Thursday's death of a 21-year-old African elephant at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park. Zookeepers found Umoya lying down in the elephant exhibit shortly before the park opened on ... Full story

An Interview With IDA Founder Dr. Elliot M. Katz

An Interview With IDA Founder Dr. Elliot M. Katz
An interview with IDA's Founder and President Emeritus, Dr. Elliot M. Katz, is featured this month on the IdeaMensch blog. Click here for original post Elliot Katz, DVM, is the Founder and President Emeritus of the animal protection organization, In Defense of Animals (IDA). Founded in ... Full story

Resident, Pizzeria Join to Offer Vegan Option

By Jason Koestenblatt, LongValley Patch | October 26, 2011 World Go Vegan Week goes through Oct. 31. Some say there’s nothing simpler than ordering a pizza. For one Long Valley resident, that’s how she came to lean on a local eatery to help spread the word about World Go Vegan Week. Christine Money, a vegan and local volunteer for In Defense of Animals (IDA), thought ... Full story

Poultry Sale Ban Ruffles Feathers In Richmond

An animal rights group successfully campaigned for a ban on live chickens at outdoor markets due to health concerns. Joe Vazquez reports. Click here to visit site and video. Full story

Richmond bans the sale of live chickens

By: Wendi Jonassen, Richmond Confidential | September 29, 2011 The City Council voted Tuesday to prohibit the sale of live chickens at the Richmond’s Certified Farmer’s Market, igniting an eruption of cheers from animal rights supporters who filled City Hall. The crowd, which consisted mostly of visitors to Richmond, was there on a larger animal-rights agenda, fueled by a recent victory in ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Transports 119 Rescued Animals From Mississippi To Colorado For Adoption

Transport timed to arrive for PetSmart’s autumn adoptathon Ft. Lupton, Colo. (Sept. 6, 2011) – A rescue transport coordinated and operated by In Defense of Animals (IDA), the international animal protection organization that operates Hope Animal Sanctuary in Grenada, Mississippi, will arrive today in Ft. Lupton, Colorado with 119 homeless animals available for adoption. The 113 dogs and 6 ... Full story

Lily Tomlin Joins Effort To Stop Hope, Maine Elephant Facility

Lily Tomlin is our newest ally in the fight to stop an unsafe and inhumane elephant facility in Hope, Maine. She’s written to Maine Governor LePage expressing opposition to the plan, and we now need Maine citizens to back her up by telling your elected officials that this plan is not good for the elephant or for the ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Applauds Dramatic Policy Shift That Ends Most Cruel Training Of Elephants In Zoos

San Rafael, Calif. (August 22, 2011) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) is applauding a momentous change in policy by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) that would bring an end to the most cruel training practices in zoos. The zoo industry trade association announced that by September 1, 2014, keepers in AZA zoos would no longer be able to share the same unrestricted ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Applauds Conviction In Charleston, Mississippi Cruelty Case

Woman found guilty of starving dogs Charleston, Miss. (August 17, 2011) - In Defense of Animals (IDA), the international animal protection organization that operates Hope Animal Sanctuary in Grenada, Mississippi, applauds the conviction of Sherry White and Ricardo Simpson of Charleston, Mississippi on charges of animal cruelty. IDA’s Hope Animal Sanctuary rescue team aided the Charleston Police Department with the seizure of six severely neglected dogs on ... Full story

Film Screening: “Saving America’s Horses – A Nation Betrayed”

Film Screening:
Complimentary Tickets for IDA Members In Defense of Animals and Wild for Life Foundation join together to present Saving America's Horses - A Nation Betrayed," the lifesaving film at the Artivist International Film Festival. The complimentary screening takes place at the Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, August 20th at 12 noon. Celebrity red carpet event ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Adds $3,000 To Reward Fund To Find Missing Dog

$8,000 now available for information leading to safe rescue of Kapone, an 11-year-old family dog missing from Memphis Animal Services Memphis, Tenn. (July 15, 2011) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), the international animal protection organization that operates Hope Animal Sanctuary in Grenada, Mississippi, has added $3,000 to the reward fund for information about Kapone, the Shoup family’s adored pit bull, who has been missing since ... Full story

Parma adds ‘guardian’ to animal-related ordinances

By Tina Kaufmann, | July 7, 2011 PARMA, Ohio - Parma becomes the first in the state to recognize pets as part of the family and change a term on all animal-related ordinances. City Council members approved changing the phrase pet "owner" to pet "guardian" on all animal-related ordinances. Holy Name High School student Brandon Yanak pushed for the change. "As more people begin to ... Full story

Parma, Ohio Adds Term “Guardian” To Animal-related Ordinances

In Defense of Animals applauds progressive move led by high school student Parma, Ohio (July 6, 2011)– In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal-protection organization with over 100,000 members, applauds the Parma, Ohio City Council for voting unanimously yesterday to replace the term “owner” with “owner/guardian” in its animal-related ordinances. Parma joins 17 other cities in officially recognizing the value ... Full story

China proposes ban on dog meat, will South Korea follow suit?

By Ariela Anelli | June 29, 2011 In ancient China, eating dog meat was considered medical, now it's proving to be simply ancient. With China's growing affluent class, who are increasingly falling in love with in-door pets, eating cats and dogs is clashing with these old beliefs. That's why Chinese legal experts have proposed to place a ban on eating dogs and cats. The Guardian ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Mourns Loss Of Peter Falk, A Great Friend To Animals

San Rafael, Calif. (June 24, 2011) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization with over 100,000 members, today expressed deep sadness at news of the death of legendary actor Peter Falk. Mr. Falk generously donated his time to help animals by supporting IDA’s Guardian Campaign, appearing in one of IDA’s educational public service announcements (PSA). The Guardian Campaign is IDA’s effort ... Full story

James McCaffry: In Loving Memory

James McCaffry: In Loving Memory
James McCaffry, friend and former employee of IDA, died suddenly on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at his home in San Francisco. Born on August 18, 1954 in Montréal, James graduated from Grant MaCewan University, Edmonton, with a degree in music. In 1977, he moved to San Francisco and began a career ... Full story

Temporary shelter houses Delta animals

5/17/2011 By LEANN McCOY Staff Writer - Grenada Star A temporary emergency shelter for animals displaced by the ongoing floods has been set up at 2838 Sunset Drive, one mile west of Interstate 55. According to Hope Animal Sanctuary Director Doll Stanley, the In Defense of Animals (IDA) Disaster Response Team began accepting animals yesterday at the warehouse located between the U.S. Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks office and C ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Applauds Historic McClatchy Chimpanzee Expose

Medical records are next phase in fight to end chimpanzee experimentation In Defense of Animals applauds the three-part "Special Report" on chimpanzee experimentation by McClatchy Newspapers investigative reporter Chris Adams, which has been featured in papers nationwide including the Sacramento Bee, San Jose Mercury News, Kansas City Star, Miami Herald, Arizona Republic, and Charlotte Observer; high-profile blogs such as the Huffington Post and DailyKos; ... Full story

Federal Court Gives Green Light To Wild Horse Lawsuit

District Judge Rejects Interior Dept. Motion to Dismiss Case Sacramento, Calif. (April 20, 2011) - In a precedent-setting decision, issued today in the United States District Court, Eastern District of California, Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. rejected the U.S. Department of Interior’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the roundup and removal of nearly 1,579 wild horses and 159 burros from the Twin Peaks Herd Management ... Full story

Portland Activists Speak Out Against Animal Experimentation

Wednesday demonstration to highlight World Week for Animals in Laboratories Portland, Ore. (April 19, 2011) - Millions of Americans are filing their taxes this week, unaware that their tax dollars support "cash cow" scientists, some of whom receive millions of dollars in grants each year, as well as a large population of chimpanzees growing old in laboratories. But some people are aware of this waste, and this ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Urges St. Louis Zoo To End Elephant Program

Tuberculosis is the latest in long list of captivity-related troubles San Rafael, Calif. (April 13, 2011) – Following the diagnosis of tuberculosis in Donna, an Asian elephant at the St. Louis Zoo, In Defense of Animals (IDA) is urging the zoo to end its elephant program due to a history of elephant suffering from a broad range of captivity-induced problems. “The St. Louis Zoo is a breeding ... Full story

Los Angeles - Shrine Circus Demos

Main demo April 9 at 1 p.m. - plus two additional demos Join with IDA to protest circus cruelty at the Shrine Circus in Los Angeles. Last year’s demo drew more than 40 people, and we hope to top that this year, sending a clear message to the Shriners, the media, and circus patrons that animal abuse is not entertainment. The Shriners usually contract with Circus Gatti ... Full story

IDA's Day Of Online Action For NYC's Canada Geese

IDA's Day Of Online Action For NYC's Canada Geese
It's Almost Here - Monday March 28 - All Day Join us for IDA's Day of Online Action on Monday March 28 to ask Mayor Michael Bloomberg to cancel all plans to kill Canada geese in New York City! For the past two years, the city has contracted with the Wildlife Services division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to kill Canada geese.... Full story

NYC Geese In Peril - Two Ways You Can Help

Contact NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg to cancel the contract with USDA Attend "Hands Around the Lake" event in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Saturday, March 26, 12:30 p.m., Prospect Park Lake, Enter at Vanderbilt Street & Prospect Park SW Join with members of "For the Love of Prospect Park Geese" as they demand the city end its contract to slaughter hundreds more of our beloved NYC geese and their ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Applauds Film Festival Selection Of “Saving America’s Horses”

Documentary's premiere is Sunday March 27 through the Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival Los Angeles, Calif. (March 19, 2011) - In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization with over 100,000 members, applauds the selection of “Saving America’s Horses – A Nation Betrayed” by the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival. The film, directed and produced by Katia Louise, is a feature length ... Full story

Wild Horse Update

Wild Horse Lawsuit Update You are invited to attend the next hearing March 24, 2 p.m., Sacramento, California Our lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) continues! We won't give up, and you're invited to attend the next hearing in Sacramento. We want the Judges to know that there is a large contingent of people who really care about protecting wild horses and burros. And we need ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Urges Widespread Change After Death At Knoxville Zoo

IDA calls for immediate action to prevent further tragedies in zoos San Rafael, Calif. (January 17, 2011) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) is calling for all zoos holding elephants to adopt a safer management system, following the tragic death of an elephant keeper at the Knoxville Zoo. The zoo used a management system called “free contact” when the incident occurred; it is still used in about ... Full story
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