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The Guardian Campaign A SEISMIC SHIFT IN THE WAY WE VIEW AND UNDERSTAND ANIMALS In a nutshell, The Guardian Campaign is an international effort which aims to instill a sense of respect, responsibility and compassion for the animals with whom we share our lives and our planet.  The way it works is through a switch-out of one word which defines our relationship with animals: "owners" are out.  ... Full story

Union Square Shoppers Hit With Protests

Black Friday discount seekers runs into annual protests         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

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

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

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 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

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

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

Hope Bohanec interview on Vegan World Radio

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

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

‘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

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

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

Disastrous Oil Spill, Fatal Horse Roundup: Blame the Interior Department

Two years after a rollicking sex and drugs scandal hit the Department of the Interior, and nearly three months after the Deepwater Horizon calamity hit the Gulf of Mexico, it's clear the venerable (but rarely venerated) agency still can't get its basics right. From a forced and deadly roundup of wild horses in the red dust of northeastern Nevada ... Full story

San Francisco protest against Korean consumption of dog meat

On July 6 for the sixth straight year, an animal rights group led a protest in front of the South Korean consulate in San Francisco over the raising of dogs and cats for food. A report published by the Korean Association for Policy Studies said that more than 2 million dogs in the country each year are bred and killed for human consumption in South Korea. Most ... 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

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

Endangered turtles have a good friend in Wellesley

By Sarah Thomas, Globe Correspondent –  May 20, 2010 For the most part, the basement of Bill DeVasher’s Wellesley home looks like any other suburban cellar: pantry goods, Christmas decorations, abandoned cans of paint. Only on entering farther does one notice the bat house, a birdhouse-like contraption that can provide daytime sleeping quarters for up to 30 bats. Or the disassembled terrariums, or the collection of cacti baking ... Full story

Oakland Gets $1,500 For Dart Guns After Deer Shooting

May 11, 2010 OAKLAND, Calif. -- A local animal rights group Tuesday gave the Oakland Public Safety Committee a check for $1,500 for the city’s police department to buy dart tranquilizer guns to use on animals following the controversial May 1st shooting of a deer by an officer. The shooting was made public after a graphic video of the incident was given to KTVU. The ... Full story

Why I protest animal research

April 30, 2010, 5:00PM By Matt Rossell originally on I worked for two years undercover inside Oregon Health & Science University's primate research center, and what I saw inside that lab changed me forever. I came to recognize the social, intelligent monkeys at the facility -- more than 4,000 remain there today -- as individuals, and that they were being treated ... Full story

IDA’s Hope Bohanec Interviewed on The O’Reilly Factor – San Francisco Approves Meat-Free Mondays

This is a RUSH transcript from "The O'Reilly Factor," April 7, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. LAURA INGRAHAM, GUEST HOST: In the "Back of the Book" segment tonight: The food police are out in force in San Francisco. The board of supervisors, those madcap folks, are unanimously now approving a measure to make Mondays meat-free. Joining us now ... Full story

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Implements Historic ‘Vegetarian Day’

Second resolution encourages businesses to use cage-free eggs The San Francisco Board of Supervisors today will sign two historic resolutions that encourage vegetarian eating. In Defense of Animals and the San Francisco Vegetarian Society introduced a resolution declaring Mondays as 'VegDays,' citing the environmental, heath and ethical benefits of a plant-based diet. The second resolution commends restaurants and stores that use cage-free eggs. What: Resolution Signing ... Full story

Group offers reward in torture killings of Rogersville cats

By News Sentinel staff Tuesday, April 6, 2010 ROGERSVILLE - A California-based animal protection group is offering a $2,500 reward for information on a possible "serial abuser" responsible for torturing and killing several cats in Rogersville. In Defense of Animals initially offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for four cats found duct-taped and left to die ... Full story

Calico Horses Stop in Fallon

Reno – Late last year the Bureau of Land Management attempted to round up more than 1500 horses from the Calico Mountain Complex. That roundup occurred despite court action to stop it. Those horses are now in Western Nevada in a brand new holding facility. 1922 horses were gathered off the Calico Range last winter under quite a bit of controversy. But the story didn't end ... Full story

NASA may give monkeys potentially deadly doses of gamma radiation

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) proposes testing gamma radiation on a group of squirrel monkeys, according to a statement posted by Brookhaven National Lab (BNL). “Squirrel monkeys would receive a level of radiation similar to what an astronaut would encounter on a Mars mission,” the BNL statement explains. “The monkeys would then live out the remainder of their natural lifetime at McLean , while researchers ... Full story

Dr. Elliot Katz of In Defense of Animals joins WFLF Humanion Film’s efforts as an Honorary Board Member in Saving America’s Horses – A Nation Betrayed.

WFLF Humanion Films Los Angeles, CA FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb 19, 2010 Dr. Elliot Katz, graduate of Cornell Veterinary School, founded In Defense of Animals (IDA) in 1983. “In Defense of Animals' objectives are to stop the round ups, keep the horses on their home range, end the senseless killing of all equines and do all in our power to return the rounded-up horses to the home range ... Full story

What about Maude? A recommendation

In Defense of Animals, an international animal–protection organization in San Rafael, Calif, has sent a letter to Central Florida Zoo CEO Joe Montisano, urging him to retire Maude, the zoo’s Asian elephant who is bereft since the death of her longtime companion, Mary. The group says that in the past, the zoo has indicated that when one of the elephants died, it would consider moving ... Full story

Protesters rally against euthanasia of sea lion

Protesters congregated at the Bonneville Dam on Thursday, the day after the first sea lion of 2010 was euthanized as part of a plan to protect the Chinook salmon run on the Columbia River. This is the third year of a three-year sea lion killing plan approved by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said Oregon Department Fish & Wildlife spokeswoman Jessica Sall. Officials will reevaluate ... Full story

Puppies for sale–buyer beware

By  Julie Straw JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – You have probably seen the signs just off County Line Road in Jackson and even looked into the eyes of a pup that fits in the palm of your hand, but buyer beware. "This particular puppy had no teeth which means this dog was incapable of being able to sustain life on they food they recommend this dog eat," said ... Full story

State Park Place man charged after police find evidence of cockfighting

By BETH HUNDSDORFER - News-Democrat Published February 17th, 2010 A State Park Place man faces theft charges after deputies investigating a disturbance said they found evidence of a cockfight in his living room on Saturday. Madison County sheriff's deputies were called to the home of James T. Watkins, 42, at 3334 V.F.W. Lane for a disturbance at 7:50 a.m. Saturday. "While at the residence, blood and feathers were ... Full story

Mutilated kitten found in mailbox in Hawkins County

By Kevin Castle Published February 13th, 2010 ROGERSVILLE - A fourth incident of animal cruelty involving cats in Hawkins County was discovered Saturday morning when a Rogersville resident found a burned kitten inside his mailbox. Leslie Lunsford, of 1741 Burem Road, said her husband had gone to check the mail before leaving to go on an errand when he discovered the remains of a 6-month-old kitten ... Full story

BLM delays eastern Nevada wild horse roundup

Written by Ken Ritter, The Associated Press (Monday, February 8, 2010; 7:27 PM) Las Vegas -- Federal land managers said Monday they'll delay a roundup of most of the nearly 600 wild horses in a range in eastern Nevada, at least until after the herd's spring foaling season. Advocates fighting to stop mustang roundups in the West said they think their threat to file a lawsuit stopped ... Full story

BLM defers wild horse gather as animal-advocacy group announces potential lawsuit

Written by Dee Holzel Monday, February 08 2010 11:46 ELY - The BLM announced today they would defer the wild horse gather scheduled for mid-February at the Eagle Herd Management Area in Lincoln County.  The gather would have removed approximately 500 horses from the range – including 50 that had wandered off the range and were causing traffic hazards on the highway near ... Full story

Ending the Bush Meat Trade in Cameroon

See video & entire article here. Chimpanzees in Africa face a grim reality. Their numbers have dwindled 75% over the last 30 years because of habitat loss and the illegal ape meat trade. Veterinarian Sheri Speede is dedicating her life to helping these primates. She moved from Oregon to Cameroon over ten years ago. At first she went to offer veterinary services but decided ... Full story

Good Works: Middlebury DJ a voice for K9s

Bruce Zeman, host of  “The Wake-up Crew” morning show on Middlebury radio station WVTK-FM, has been awarded The Guardian Superstar Award from In Defense of Animals, an international animal protection organization. His dog Nathan also received the award. WVTK has been a pioneer for animals, not only in New England, but also across the nation. Led by Zeman's morning show, the station delivers a message of ... Full story

Mustang deaths up to 26 in Nev wild horse roundup

By MARTIN GRIFFITH, Associated Press Writer Friday, January 29, 2010 (01-29) 16:17 PST Reno, Nev. (AP) -- Wild-horse advocates criticized federal land managers after the number of mustang deaths so far in a government roundup on the range north of Reno nearly tripled from a week ago, going from nine to 26. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday reported four more deaths stemming from its roundup in ... Full story

Judge denies horse advocates' appeal

Judge denies horse advocates' appeal
By BRETT FRENCH Of The Gazette Staff | Posted: Saturday, January 23, 2010 11:50 pm DAVID GRUBBS/Gazette Staff Stallions playfully fight, a precursor to more dangerous battles for mares as stallions seek to start their own band and breed. Until then, the males wander in small bachelor groups. The construction of water sources ... Full story

BLM criticized over mustang deaths in NV roundup

The Associated Press Posted: 01/23/2010 04:44:16 PM PST RENO, Nev.—Wild-horse advocates are calling for an independent investigation after the deaths of nine mustangs so far in a government roundup of the animals on the range north of Reno. San Rafael, Calif.-based In Defense of Animals and Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Cloud Foundation criticized the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's handling of the roundup after two more deaths this past ... Full story

Elliot M. Katz: BLM has mismanaged public lands to benefit ranchers

When the government misinforms the public and puts special interests over what's best for the general public, citizens become outraged. So it is with the government's mismanagement of wild horses and burros. Congress protected the wild horses as living symbols of freedom and important parts of our national heritage, but for nearly 40 years, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has ignored this mandate. The agency has ... Full story

Help Give Queenie the Gift of Safety

In Defense of Animals (IDA) has spent the past two years following the lives of Tina, Jewel and Queenie, three Asian elephants that were part of the Shrine Circus under the care of Will Davenport. Davenport has been cited with multiple USDA violations and failure to properly care for the three elephants. Thanks to IDA’s work and public outcry, Tina and Jewel were finally removed and sent ... Full story

Rally aims to stop Nevada mustang roundups

(NN&V Staff) – Wild horse and burro advocates and In Defense of Animals (IDA) are organizing a Wednesday rally in San Francisco. The mustang defenders will gather at noon in front of Senator Diane Feinstein’s office building (One Post Street at Montgomery) asking the senator to help halt the federal Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) massive roundup of thousands of mustangs living in the public Calico ... Full story
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