Archive for the ‘Elephants’ Category

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 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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday: Opening Night Protest of Ringling Bros. Circus

Circus mired in controversy over abusive treatment of elephants Los Angeles, Calif. (July 13, 2010) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), animal advocates and concerned citizens will join to protest the opening night of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Los Angeles. Ringling has been embroiled in controversy over its brutal treatment of elephants, including calves ripped away from their mothers for violent ... Full story

Toledo Zoo Elephant Attack Was Preventable

In Defense of Animals calls on zoo to immediately switch to safer training method for three elephants San Rafael, Calif. – Following the horrific attack that left an elephant keeper seriously injured, In Defense of Animals (IDA) is calling on the Toledo Zoo to end its use of archaic circus-style training that puts keepers at high risk of injury and death and is inhumane for the ... 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

Rock Island County Commission Lacks Critical Elephant Welfare Information Needed For Tuesday Vote on Zoo Ticket Increase

In Defense of Animals urges tabling of vote pending elephant welfare assessment Coal Valley, Illinois. (May 17, 2010) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) is urging the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission to table a Tuesday vote on an increase in ticket prices at the Niabi Zoo meant to help fund a $3 million elephant barn expansion, until it can fully investigate the health of ... Full story

Elephant Escape From Circus Spurs Federal Complaint

In Defense of Animals urges action to protect elephant and public from harm San Rafael, Calif. – In Defense of Animals (IDA) filed a complaint today with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) over an incident in which an elephant named Viola temporarily escaped from the Cole Bros. Circus in Lynchburg, Virginia, and was injured after a fall. “In Defense of Animals is calling on the USDA ... Full story

New Scientific Analysis Debunks Zoos’ Education Claims

In Defense of Animals says report shows zoos mislead public and media San Rafael, Calif. – A new scientific critique questions claims by zoos and aquariums to be educating the public, finding that a key study conducted by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is fatally flawed in its conclusions. IDA is calling on zoos and aquariums to stop misleading the public and admit they ... Full story

In Defense of Animals Blasts USDA for Forcing Elephant Move to Controversial Zoo

Unprecedented deal sends Queenie to San Antonio Zoo, denying her retirement to a natural-habitat sanctuary San Rafael, Calif. – In Defense of Animals (IDA) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today, blasting the agency for a settlement agreement that will send a 53-year-old Asian elephant named Queenie to a grossly inadequate exhibit at the San Antonio Zoo. The transfer is ... Full story

Leading Experts Challenge Coroner On Elephant Handler Death

In Defense of Animals says new information refutes "accident" determination San Rafael, Calif. - In Defense of Animals (IDA) sent a letter to Luzerne County Coroner John Corcoran today challenging his determination that the death of a Shrine Circus elephant handler last week was "positively an accident." The elephant Dumbo kicked the handler, throwing him 20 feet. IDA is asking Corcoran to revisit his decision in ... Full story

TONIGHT IN GREENVILLE: Residents Protest Carson & Barnes Circus

TONIGHT IN GREENVILLE:  Residents Protest Carson & Barnes Circus Elephants Taken From Wild As Babies Forced To Perform Greenville, Miss. – In Defense of Animals, animal advocates and concerned citizens will join to protest the Carson & Barnes Circus, which opens at the Greenville Mall tonight. Information will be distributed about the inherent cruelty of using animals in circuses, where they are brutally trained to perform unnatural ... Full story

Death of Shrine Circus Elephant Handler Mirrors SeaWorld Orca Tragedy

Use of elephants in entertainment is as cruel and more dangerous than use of Orcas San Rafael, Calif. – In Defense of Animals (IDA) is calling for an end to the use of elephants in circuses, following the death Friday of a Shrine Circus elephant handler in Pennsylvania after being struck by an African elephant named Dumbo. The incident comes just six weeks after an orca ... Full story

Zoos Accused of Violating Federal Law With Dangerous Elephant Breeding Practices

San Rafael, Calif. - In Defense of Animals (IDA) today filed multiple complaints with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), charging that elephant breeding practices at four zoos violate the federal Animal Welfare Act by knowingly exposing offspring to a high risk of infection with the mostly- fatal Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV). Included are the Houston Zoo, Oklahoma City Zoo, St. Louis Zoo and ... Full story

St. Louis Zoo Accused of Violating Federal Law With Dangerous Elephant Breeding Practices

San Rafael, Calif. – In Defense of Animals (IDA) filed a complaint today with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), charging that the St. Louis Zoo’s elephant breeding practices violate the federal Animal Welfare Act by knowingly exposing offspring to an unacceptably high risk of infection with the often-fatal Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV). The zoo recently announced the pregnancy of a second elephant, Ellie. Her ... Full story

Woodland Park Zoo Accused of Violating Federal Law With Dangerous Elephant Breeding Practices

San Rafael, Calif. – In Defense of Animals (IDA) filed a complaint today with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), charging that the Woodland Park Zoo’s elephant breeding practices violates the federal Animal Welfare Act by knowingly exposing offspring to an unacceptably high risk of infection with the often-fatal Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV). The zoo recently announced it had again artificially inseminated the elephant Chai. “It ... Full story

IDA Files USDA Complaints Against Four Zoos for Dangerous Breeding Practices

San Rafael, Calif. – In Defense of Animals (IDA) filed a complaint today with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), charging that the Oklahoma City Zoo’s elephant breeding practices violates the federal Animal Welfare Act by knowingly exposing offspring to an unacceptably high risk of infection with the often-fatal Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV). The zoo is attempting to breed Chandra, who survived EEHV and likely ... Full story

In Defense of Animals Urges Central Florida Zoo to Send Elephant to Sanctuary

San Rafael, Calif. – In Defense of Animals (IDA) today sent a letter to Central Florida Zoo CEO Joe Montisano, urging him to retire the zoo’s sole Asian elephant Maude to a spacious, natural habitat sanctuary. The call follows the death of Mary this week at age 63. In the past the zoo has indicated that when one of the elephants died, it would consider ... Full story

Groundhog Day Prediction May Spell More Misery for Elephants in Zoos

New survey shows scores of elephants spend winters warehoused in cruel conditions FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE San Rafael, Calif. (February 2, 2010) - When Punxsutawney Phil crawls out of his burrow, what he finds may determine whether elephants living in cold-climate zoos will suffer another six weeks of miserable confinement. Zoo watchdog organization In Defense of Animals (IDA) today released an unprecedented survey showing that scores of elephants ... Full story

Statement on St. Lucie County Vote to Prohibit Cruel Elephant Training Device

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE St. Lucie County, Fla. (January 26, 2010) - In a major victory for elephants, the St. Lucie County Board of Commissioners in Florida made it very clear that the use of cruel bullhooks on elephants is not welcome in their county. The commission today voted to allow the National Elephant Center (NEC), an elephant holding facility and breeding facility, to proceed, but applied ... Full story

Groups to expose hidden cruelty behind elephant center proposed for St. Lucie County

MEDIA ADVISORY Press Conference Monday Ft. Pierce, Florida (January 25, 2010) - Representatives of national, state and local animal protection organizations will release information documenting serious concerns about the treatment of elephants at the proposed National Elephant Center (NEC) in St. Lucie County, including graphic photos and video that illustrate the circus-style elephant training and cruel devices that will be utilized at the facility. When: Monday, ... Full story

Leading Elephant Expert Joins In Defense of Animals in Condemning St. Louis Zoo for Deadly Breeding Practices

San Rafael, Calif. - In Defense of Animals (IDA), joined by a top authority on elephant behavior and biology, today strongly criticized the St. Louis Zoo for recklessly breeding elephants. The charge follows an announcement by the zoo that the elephant Rani is again pregnant, despite serious complications following the last two births at the zoo and the threat posed by a deadly elephant virus. In ... Full story

In Defense of Animals Releases 2009 "Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants" List

San Rafael, Calif. (January 12, 2010) – The 2009 list of the Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants, released today by In Defense of Animals (IDA), exposes the hidden suffering of elephants in zoos. In its sixth year, the list highlights how confinement of these giants to tiny enclosures wreaks havoc on their physical and psychological health and leads to premature death for many. For the ... Full story

Nashville Zoo Death Stirs Controversial Elephant Debate

Kiba among youngest to die from degenerative joint disorder San Rafael, Calif. (December 21, 2009) - In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international zoo watchdog organization, says the unusual death of 26-year-old Kiba, an African elephant at the Nashville Zoo, provides yet another tragic example of why elephants should not be held in zoos. Kiba is the only elephant in the last ten years to die ... Full story

Spate of premature elephant deaths prompts INTERNATIONAL watchdog group to call for closure of Toronto Zoo elephant exhibit

San Rafael, Calif. (December 2, 2009) - The fourth elephant death in less than four years - and the third since September 2008 - has placed the Toronto Zoo at the forefront of a zoo industry plagued by elephant tragedies and premature deaths, the international zoo watchdog group In Defense of Animals (IDA) said today. IDA is calling on the City of Toronto to close ... Full story

See ZNSPCA’s Zimbabwe Elephant Release

See ZNSPCA's Zimbabwe Elephant Release
In October 2008, ten elephants in Zimbabwe were brutally caught, beaten and chained for training for elephant-back safaris. Six months later, on a routine inspection of the “training facility” where they were being held, the Zimbabwe National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ZNSPCA) observed a litany of abuse: •    Elephants chained by one leg straining to reach food - the chains inflicted deep and ... Full story

IDA APPLAUDS INDIA’S DECISION TO BAN ELEPHANTS IN ZOOS AND CIRCUSES

San Rafael, Calif. (November 12, 2009) . . . In Defense of Animals (IDA) today hailed the recent ruling by India's Central Zoo Authority (CZA) to completely ban the keeping of elephants in zoos, circuses and private collections throughout the country and ordering of the release of 140 such elephants, who will be “rehabilitated” to live in semi-free ranging conditions in forest camps and facilities ... Full story

Zimbabwe Update - Nine elephants cruelly captured in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Update : Nine elephants cruelly captured in Zimbabwe (November 6, 2009) - Nine elephants cruelly captured in Zimbabwe for the elephant back safari trade and abused during the training process have been rescued and released to a national park by the Zimbabwe National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals (ZNSPCA).  IDA is pleased to financially support the worthy project to repatriate these elephants, ... Full story

Elephant in Oklahoma SUV Collision has History of Spooking/Breaking Loose

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Elephant in Oklahoma SUV Collision has History of Spooking/Breaking Loose; Owner facing federal charges for similar elephant rampage IDA Calls for Confiscation of Elephants Enid, Oklahoma (November 5, 2009) - The elephant who escaped from a circus last night in Enid, Oklahoma and was involved in a collision with an SUV has a history of breaking loose, according to In Defense of Animals (IDA). In ... Full story

Veterinarians Decry San Antonio Zoo Elephant Plan at Thursday Press Conference

MEDIA ADVISORY San Antonio, Tex. (November 4, 2009) - A former San Antonio Zoo veterinarian will be joined by a wildlife veterinarian and Asian elephant expert at a press conference to call for permanent closure of the San Antonio Zoo's impoverished elephant exhibit. The experts will also advocate sending the zoo's surviving elephant, Lucky, to a sanctuary and bar the zoo from acquiring any new elephants. WHAT: ... Full story

IDA UNVEILS CONTROVERSIAL BILLBOARD URGING MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA TO RELEASE L.A. ZOO ELEPHANT

MEDIA ADVISORY Los Angeles, Calif. (November 2, 2009) - Tomorrow, In Defense of Animals will unveil a new billboard at a major intersection in Los Angeles that calls on citizens to urge Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to free Billy, the only elephant at the L.A. Zoo, and send him to a spacious sanctuary. WHAT: Official "unveiling" of the "Free Billy" billboard with IDA representatives and elephant ... Full story

USDA Files Charges

In Defense of Animals (IDA) the organization that has worked for two years to rescue three circus elephants named Tina, Jewel and Queenie, announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed formal charges against the elephants' handler, Wilbur Davenport (dba "Maximus tons of Fun") for multiple ... Full story
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