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In Defense Of Animals Applauds Boulder District Attorney For Charging Elk Killers

IDA also offers $1,500 for a permanent memorial for slain elk Boulder, Colo. (January 18, 2013) - In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization with over 100,000 supporters including 4,000 in Colorado, is expressing cautious optimism at today’s announcement from the Boulder District Attorney’s Office concerning the January 1 killing of the community elk known as Big Boy. IDA revealed today that it ... Full story

In Defense of Animals releases its 2012 list of the “Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants”

In Defense of Animals releases its 2012 list of the
IDA’s list, now in its ninth year, once again exposes the suffering endured by elephants in zoos. Click here to see the 2012 list. Full story

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

Exam shows young dog was alive when set on fire in Riviera Beach Riviera Beach, Fla. (January 14, 2013) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), the international animal protection organization that operates Hope Animal Sanctuary in Mississippi, has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever tethered a young pit bull to a fence, doused him with a flammable liquid ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Offers $2,500 Reward To Catch Indiana Dog Killer

Pearl deliberately trapped in a cruel Conibear trap and left to slowly suffocate to death Hebron, Ind. (December 27, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization, has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever deliberately trapped a family's dog in a cruel Conibear trap and left her to slowly suffocate to death. “I cannot imagine ... Full story

Nancy Pelosi Criticized For Promoting Animal Cruelty At Her Restaurants

Veal-peddling Pelosi embraces both hypocrisy and suffering for the sake of profit San Rafael, Calif. (November 29, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) has sent a letter to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, blasting her contradictory public proclamation as a “Green” and “Sustainable Living” supporter, while allowing veal to be served at four restaurants in which she is an investor. Pelosi invests in the Moana Restaurant ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Offers $2,500 Reward In Florida Cat Shooting

Stray cat was shot through the shoulders with an arrow and later died Santa Rosa County, Fla. (November 21, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), the international animal protection organization that operates Hope Animal Sanctuary in Mississippi, has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever brutally shot a cat with a hunting arrow in Santa Rosa County, Florida. The ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Adds $2,500 Reward To Catch Oregon Dog Killer

Duke and Buddy beaten to death with an ax near their home Clackamas County, Ore. (November 21, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization with a regional office in Portland, has added $2,500 to the reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever bludgeoned to death with an ax two dogs, Duke and Buddy, whose bodies were ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Offers $3,500 Reward To Catch Louisiana Cat Killers

Caretakers find nearly two dozen cats shot Ethel, La. (November 20, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), the international animal protection organization that operates Hope Animal Sanctuary in Mississippi, has offered a $3,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever shot a group of nearly two dozen cats, injuring 8 and killing 4 and leaving nearly a dozen missing. “The cold-bloodedness of ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Offers $2,000 Reward In Hawaii Dog Shooting

Small terrier-mix named Champ shot and left to die Waianae, Hawaii (November 15, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization based in San Rafael, California, has added $2,000 to a reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever shot a small terrier-mix named Champ, leaving him paralyzed. Champ had to be euthanized due to the extent of ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Offers $3,500 Reward In California Horse Killing

A young stallion's throat was cut and his body illegally dumped San Joaquin County, Calif. (November 8, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization based in San Rafael, California, has offered a $3,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever slit the throat of a young male horse and illegally dumped his body in San Joaquin County. A ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Offers $2,500 Reward In Florida Cat Burning Case

Paisley set on fire and left for dead Lee County, Fla. (November 2, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), the international animal protection organization that operates Hope Animal Sanctuary in Mississippi, has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever brutally set on fire a cat in Lee County, Florida. Paisley was discovered Monday evening, October 29 in Lehigh Acres. ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Offers $2,500 Reward In California Dog Torture and Killing

A basset hound named Buddy was doused with lighter fluid and set on fire Ventura County, Calif. (November 2, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization based in San Rafael, California, has added $2,500 to a reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever set on fire and killed a basset hound named Buddy. A neighbor reported a ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Offers $2,500 Reward In Alabama Cat Deaths

At least three cats have been found dead on the University of Montevallo campus Montevallo, Ala. (October 31, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), the international animal protection organization that operates Hope Animal Sanctuary in Grenada, Mississippi, has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever is killing stray cats at the University of Montevallo. In recent weeks three of ... Full story

Lawsuit To Stop The National Park Service From Killing Deer In Rock Creek Park

Washington, D.C. (October 25, 2012) - Local D.C. residents and an animal protection organization today filed suit in federal court to stop the National Park Service (NPS) from killing white-tailed deer in Rock Creek Park this winter. Several long-time residents who live near the Park and In Defense of Animals allege that in choosing to kill native wildlife for the first time since the Park ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Adds $700 To Reward Fund In Missouri Dog Abuse

Jasmine was severely burned inside her kennel at the SEMO Animal Rescue facility Lilbourn, Mo. (October 22, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization, has offered a $700 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever brutally burned a dog at an animal rescue facility in Lilbourn, Missouri. The reward fund is now up to $1,000. Jasmine, a stray ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Offers $2,500 Rewards In Each Of Two Mississippi Animal Abuse Cases

A horse named Amber was found in Carroll County hobbling on horribly overgrown hooves The dog Gracie was found in Winona with an embedded collar which nearly killed her Grenada, Miss. (October 19, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), the international animal protection organization that operates Hope Animal Sanctuary in Grenada, Mississippi, has offered two separate $2,500 rewards for information leading to arrests and convictions ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Offers $2,500 Reward In Oregon Cat Shooting Case

Pumpkin was shot through the shoulder with an arrow Sandy, Ore. (October 17, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization with a regional office in Portland, has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever brutally shot a cat with a hunting arrow in Sandy, Oregon. Pumpkin, a beloved companion, was shot with a hunting arrow ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Offers $2,500 Reward In Mississippi Dog Abuse Case

Gracie was found with a horribly embedded collar which caused a near fatal injury Grenada, Miss. (October 8, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), the international animal protection organization that operates Hope Animal Sanctuary in Grenada, Mississippi, has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever chained Gracie as a puppy and neglected to ever adjust her collar, which ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Offers $2,500 Reward In Texas Dog Abandonment

Ninety-two dogs found neglected and abandoned in two separate incidents Dallas, Texas (October 8, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization, has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever abandoned 51 Maltese dogs, 40 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and one Cocker Spaniel in two separate incidents near Dallas, Texas. Last week, someone dumped 51 Maltese ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Offers $2,500 Reward In Florida Cat Shooting Case

Emily was shot through the abdomen with an arrow Riverview, Fla. (October 4, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization, has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever brutally shot a cat with a hunting arrow in Riverview, Florida. Emily, a friendly 2-3 year old spayed cat, was found walking along US Highway 30 with ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Offers $2,500 Reward In Georgia Dog Abuse Case

Xena was found abandoned after having been nearly starved to death DeKalb County, Ga. (September 27, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization, has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever starved a puppy nearly to death, and then abandoned her in DeKalb County. Xena, a 4-month old lab-retriever mix puppy, was found abandoned on ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Offers $2,500 Reward In New Jersey Dog Theft And Torture

Ridge was stuffed into a trash bag and tossed out of a moving car New Brunswick, N.J. (September 27, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization, has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever took, then tortured and killed a family's dog. Ridge, a young adult dog, was taken from a locked fenced yard in ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Offers $2,500 Reward In Philadelphia Dog Burning

The dog was stuffed into a cage then set on fire Chester County, Pa. (September 27, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization, has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever set on fire a caged pit bull mix in Chester County. On Friday night, September 19, firefighters responded to a call of a brush ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Offers $2,500 Reward In Nebraska Dog Mutilation Case

Ike crawled home after being severely injured Scotts Bluff County, Neb. (September 19, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization, has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever mutilated a family dog in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska. Ike, a 3-year old German Shepherd, disappeared from his family's home Friday night, September 14. He turned up ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Offers $2,500 Reward In Georgia Dog Killing Case

Josiah was poisoned with Raid during a home break-in Ft. Benning, Ga. (September 18, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), the international animal protection organization that operates Hope Animal Sanctuary in Mississippi, has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever poisoned a family dog with Raid during a home break-in in Ft. Benning, Georgia. Lisa Painter returned home from ... Full story

Thursday - Protests Target Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus Opening Night At Rose Garden Arena

Circus paid largest fine ever assessed for animal welfare violations Portland, Ore. (September 13, 2012) – This Thursday, In Defense of Animals (IDA) and other animal protection organizations will protest the cruel treatment of animals used by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Demonstrations will take place throughout the weekend at all of Ringling's shows. Last year’s protests at the same location drew 100 ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Offers $5,000 Reward In Tennessee Dog Killing Case

Wrigley was killed defending family during home invasion robbery Memphis, Tenn. (September 10, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), the international animal protection organization that operates Hope Animal Sanctuary in Mississippi, has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever shot and killed a family dog during a home invasion robbery in Memphis, Tennessee. A woman in the Cooper-Young area ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Offers $2,500 Reward In Fairbanks Puppy Cruelty Case

Great Dane puppy saved from heartless and deadly abandonment Fairbanks, Alaska (August 20, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization based in California, is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the abuser who muzzled a Great Dane puppy, then stuffed him into a suitcase and callously tossed him into ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Doubles Reward In Minneapolis Cat Cruelty Case

Reward fund now totals $2,000 to convict person(s) who stabbed and set cat on fire Minneapolis, Minn. (August 16, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization based in California, has added $1,000 to a reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever stabbed, then burned to death a cat in a ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Offers $2,000 Reward In Tennessee Dog Cruelty Case

Reward fund now totals $7,000 to convict person(s) who shot dog in the mouth Warren County, Tenn. (August 14, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), the international animal protection organization that operates Hope Animal Sanctuary in Mississippi, has added $2,000 to a reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever beat a dog and shot ... Full story

South Korean tradition of eating dog meat to beat the heat draws international criticism

- Known as 'Bok-Nal', South Koreans eat dog meat during the hottest days of summer because they believe it increases their stamina - Animal rights activists staged international protests against the tradition - The activists claim that the animals are kept in cramped cages and are slaughtered in cruel ways - Seoul is experiencing the hottest summer since 1994 Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2184956/Eating-dog-South-Korea-angers-animal-rights-activists-international-protests.html Full story

Tuesday Is International Day Of Action For South Korean Dogs And Cats

In Defense of Animals is coordinating demonstrations around the world San Rafael, Calif. (August 6, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) is coordinating demonstrations around the world Tuesday to mark the International Day Of Action For South Korean Dogs And Cats. The annual event draws attention to the two and a half million dogs and thousands of cats killed ... Full story

In Defense of Animals Stands By Complaint Filed Against Topeka Zoo

Zoo dangerously downplays elephant’s foot problems Topeka, Kan. (August 2, 2012) – Following statements made by the Topeka Zoo at this week’s Topeka City Council meeting, In Defense of Animals (IDA) is standing by the complaint recently filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding the serious condition of 50-year-old Asian elephant Sunda’s feet. “Given the Topeka Zoo’s history of Animal Welfare Act violations related to inadequate ... Full story

Two Big Elephant Awareness Day Events In Los Angeles This Weekend

August 3 rally at Van Nuys City Hall; August 4 demo at Los Angeles Zoo Los Angeles, Calif. (July 31, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) and other elephant advocates will mark the first Los Angeles Elephant Awareness Day with two special events this weekend. On Friday, IDA and other organizations will hold a rally prior to the Los Angeles City Council meeting (Van Nuys location) ... Full story

Judge Delivers Scorching Decision In Los Angeles Zoo Elephant Exhibit Lawsuit

Plaintiffs and In Defense of Animals hail win for elephants Los Angeles, Calif. (July 24, 2012) – A five-year-long taxpayer lawsuit against the Los Angeles Zoo and its controversial $42 million elephant exhibit was decided today in favor of the plaintiffs. California Superior Court Judge John L. Segal found that the Los Angeles Zoo and its Elephants of Asia exhibit is injuring the three elephants who ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Warns Topeka Zoo Elephant's Life Is In Danger

Complaint urges USDA to confiscate ailing Sunda due to chronic foot disease Topeka, Kansas (July 18, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) filed a complaint today with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) asking the agency to remove 50-year-old Asian elephant Sunda from the Topeka Zoo. Sunda has serious chronic foot problems that are known to be a leading ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Urges Feds To Investigate Death Of Middle-Aged Elephant At Cleveland Zoo

Cleveland, Ohio (July 17, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to investigate the death of Jo, an African elephant who was euthanized on Monday at the Cleveland Zoo. IDA’s complaint to the USDA is available upon request. “Jo’s unexpected death raises a red flag because at age 45 she should ... Full story

IDA Grassroots Campaign Director Interviewed

Hope Bohanec, IDA's Grassroots Campaign Director, is interviewed on Capitol Public Radio at the hearing on the bill to ban hound hunting. Click here to read article and listen to interview Full story

Parade Magazine, NY Daily News, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, others cover Real Ridiculous Research campaign

Media Coverage of Real Ridiculous Research Campaign "Is This Animal Research 'Ridiculous' or Warranted?" http://www.parade.com/news/2012/04/18-most-ridiculous-research-on-animals-list.html"Drugged rat research hits a sour note" (includes a great 14-picture slideshow corresponding to every experiment on the list) http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Drugged-rat-research-hits-a-sour-note-3489770.php"Rats on cocaine love Miles Davis, and other dumb animal research paid for with tax dollars" http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/rats-cocaine-love-miles-davis-dumb-animal-research-paid-tax-dollars-article-1.1063528... Full story

Americans Should Know Where Their Taxes Go, Animal Research Watchdog Group Says

Labs Being Stressful Places for Monkeys, Rats Finding Miles Davis Is Better with Cocaine Are Just the Tip of the Iceberg, Says IDA Washington, DC (April 17, 2012) – Today, as Americans file their 2011 tax returns, In Defense of Animals (IDA) is unveiling its Top 10 List of Most Ridiculous Research on Animals for 2011 and relaunching its Real Ridiculous Research (RRR) campaign in recognition ... Full story

Death Of Elephant Calf At Memphis Zoo Prompts Call To End Breeding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mother carrying dead fetus may also be at risk of death San Rafael, Calif. (March 22, 2012) — In Defense of Animals (IDA) is calling for an end to elephant breeding, starting at the Memphis Zoo in Tennessee, following the in utero death of an elephant calf. The calf is still being carried by ... Full story

Trump sons’ deadly killing spree includes an elephant and other African wildlife

Last year it was Bob Parsons, head of the Internet domain hosting company Go Daddy, who was pictured with his grisly trophy – a dead elephant he slaughtered in Zimbabwe. (Parsons has since stepped down as CEO of the company.) This time it’s Donald Trump’s sons, Eric and Donald, Jr., whose photos taken during a big game hunt a year ago ... Full story

Federal Wild Horse Lawsuit Hearing Occurs February 24

Groundbreaking Case Heard on the Merits; Parties Await Decision Sacramento, Calif. (February 24, 2012) – A hearing in the groundbreaking wild horse lawsuit challenging the roundup and removal of nearly 1,579 wild horses and 159 burros from the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area (HMA) in northeastern California, in 2010, was heard on Friday, February 24. Both plaintiffs and defendants presented their arguments at the hearing ... Full story

Thank You For Helping Bring Dog Kapone Home For The Holidays

We are thrilled to report a very happy ending to a tragic story. Do you remember Kapone, the missing Memphis dog we first told you about in our July 21, 2011 eNews? IDA had just added $3,000 to the reward fund for info about Kapone, a family’s adored pit bull, who had been missing since he was picked up by a ... Full story

CITIZEN COMPLAINT

CITIZEN COMPLAINT To: Secretary of Defense Leon Edward Panetta From: Hope Bohanec, In Defense of Animals hope@idausa.org 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 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Union-Square-Shoppers-Hit-With-Protests-134513033.html         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 http://www.10news.com/news/29810127/detail.html 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

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
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