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Ask San Diego To Stop Poisoning Wildlife

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Alligators Heads Cut off for Truck Stop Trophies

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Imagine you're on a road trip and you need to make a stop. You happen to arrive at one of the 430 Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores located in 41 states in the US.

Animals Saved Thanks to Activist Judy Carman

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This week's Activist Appreciation Month feature story honors the noble efforts of Judy Carman, who has rescued turkeys, quail, and a steer from needless suffering to live instead in safe forever homes at animal sanctuaries.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the Crosshairs!

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Both the United States Congress and Senate have passed budget resolutions that help clear the way for dangerous and polluting oil drilling and other energy exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, one of the last truly wild places in the U.S.

Art Money for Dog Killer? No Way Wichita!

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In Defense of Animals has just learned of Wichita State University's 2011 plan to requisition two 19' sculptures by dog killing "for art" artist Tom Otterness, which are to be completed in the fall of 2018 or the spring of 2019.

Ask Canada to Pass Dolphin Captivity Bill!

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Do you want to see the Taiji slaughters and Russian orca captures stopped for good? Then you need to support this Canadian bill...

Babies Should be With Their Mothers!

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Those first precious moments of life, that special bond between mother and baby... just ripped away.

Ban Cruel Traveling Animal Performances in the USA!

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Circuses have been allowed to cage exotic animals and ship them from town to town, hundreds of days per year, making money off of their chronic suffering. Elephants, tigers, camels, lions, monkeys and so many others are denied their natural instincts.

Baskin Robbins: Where's Your Dairy-Free Ice Cream?

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Baskin Robbins is known worldwide for its rich and creamy ice creams, but only its sorbets are free of animal products. Don't get us wrong, sorbets are delicious. But they're not ice-cream - not even close!

Death-Defying Pig Enjoys New Life

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Earlier this month, witnesses driving on Interstate 90 outside of Sioux Falls, South Dakota saw a pig struggling to open the back gate of a transport truck four or five times before he succeeded and then jumped from the truck as it sped down....

Defy Pyeongchang's Dog Meat Trickery

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Dog meat is currently a hot issue around the world. Thanks in no small part to all concerned animal advocates generating awareness via social media, South Korea is no exception.

Demand Basic Fire Protection for Farmed Animals

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Every year, hundreds of thousands of farmed animals, locked in cages in massive industrial warehouses, suffer horrendous deaths in fires.

Demand Justice for Therapy Dog Executed by Veteran

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Demand Justice for Therapy Dog Executed by Veteran

Demand Sanctuary for Seattle Zoo's Elephants

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This month we spotlight the Woodland Park Zoo, which earned IDA's Dishonorable Mention on our 2014 Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants list.

Demand SeaWorld Atone for Killing Baby Beluga Whale

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It is abundantly clear that beluga whales do not belong in captivity, and SeaWorld just provided the world with further proof.

Deplorable Plea Bargain Given to Man Guilty of Poisoning Animals

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In April of 2016, John Colter Pyron of Hazelhurst, Mississippi was arrested by the Flowood Police Department for animal cruelty, possession of schedule III controlled substance, and suspicion of poisoning animals following an investigation of complaints.

Don't Allow the Poisoning of Endangered Animals

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The United States Congress has just passed a bill nicknamed the "Poison Our Waters Act."

Don't Let Animal Abusers Hide Behind USDA Blackout

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In early February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) removed all inspection reports and records pertaining to private businesses and government funded facilities that included reports on invasive animal research, puppy mill neglect, and cruelty...

Don't Let Texan Supermarket Kill Pups

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Texas-based supermarket chain H-E-B is planning to kill puppies and dogs who live behind one of its stores. Don't let them get away with it!

Don't Let Wisconsin Throw Baby Birds Into Gas Chamber

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Don't Let Wisconsin Throw Baby Birds Into Gas Chamber

Elephants in the Spotlight

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2015 may be the "year of the elephant" more than any other year thus far. Most of us are now aware that elephants are on the brink of extinction. The poaching crisis death toll rises daily and we are exposed to the heart wrenching images of....

End of Orca Captivity in Sight

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Eye Spy a Cruelty-Free Lie: Take Action!

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Velour Lashes is an internationally recognized brand that sells 100% mink fur eyelash products while inexplicably marketing itself as "cruelty-free." Yes, you read that right.

Fight Activist Discrimination

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No one should be discriminated against for having a vegan lifestyle and for speaking out on behalf of animals. Author, journalist, and activist Nancy Holten was denied Swiss citizenship for defending the rights of animals in the media.

Fight Attempts to Weaken the Endangered Species Act!

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Two bills introduced by Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, would greatly weaken the Endangered Species Act. The first, S. 375, would give local governments, industry, and other parties opposed to a species being protected under the ESA.

Fight the Dog Meat Trade

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The Yulin Dog Meat Festival is less than two weeks away and multiple organizations are holding demonstrations to speak up against this horrible torture of dogs and cats.

Free Asha From Unnatural Imprisonment at Natural Bridge Zoo

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Natural Bridge Zoo continues to be a prison for Asha, a33-year old African elephant. Life for Asha consists of complete isolation from any other elephants.

Free Elephants Vaigai and Mari from the Dysfunctional Zoo

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Hawaii is no paradise for Vaigai and Mari, two female Indian elephants who have for decades been victimized by the Honolulu Zoo. The Zoo has repeatedly demonstrated an inability to provide Vaigai and Mari with appropriate care....

Help Student Coalition Get Vegan Lunches in LA Schools

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All hands on deck to send an email to LAUSD administrators and Board Members! For two years, students led by Earth Peace founder Lila Copeland have worked hard to reach a point where LAUSD will even test the idea of offering a vegan lunch pilot program.

Helpless Dog Hung to Death for Kicks by Youths in West Virginia

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The West Virginia State Police served a juvenile petition on two Alum Creek teens for the hanging of a dog. On Monday, March 27, 2017, photos of a dog hung from a tree with a smiling youth standing in the foreground began to circulate on social media.

IHOP, Let's Create a Vegan Menu!

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Imagine 1,550 restaurants across the country enticing millions to try delicious, cruelty-free dishes that cause no harm to animals. IHOP, known for its classic breakfast dishes, has just appointed a new culinary director.

Justice for Dog Hung By Angry Ex

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"u made me kill bear bear." This chilling message and a disturbing video showing Bear the dog struggling as he hangs by his neck were sent by Larry Wesley Furr to his estranged wife.

Justice for Mini-Horses Mowed Down by Drunk Driver

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Imagine the horror of hearing a crash in the night coming from your horses' corral. This is what happened to Juanita Carrillo, who found her two mini-horses mangled in fencing with their legs broken.

Liberate Starving Sun Bears From Bandung Zoo

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Recent footage captured at Bandung Zoo on the Indonesian island of Java shows skeletal, starving sun bears begging visitors for food.

Milwaukee County Zoo: African Elephants Don't Belong in Wisconsi

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In Defense of Animals first listed the Milwaukee County Zoo on our 2014 Ten Worst Zoos list. We hoped that its two African elephants, Ruth and Brittany, might eventually be sent to a certified sanctuary.

Missouri State Representative Brutally Kills Chicken to Somehow Protest Abortion

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Missouri State Representative Mike Moon has come under fire for a video he posted to his official Facebook page in June. The video begins with Moon standing beside a chicken who is strung upside down by her feet, fully conscious.

Mobilize to Save Wildlife Rescue Under Attack!

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Animal Rescue Team (ART), a wildlife rehabilitation center located in California's Santa Ynez Valley, saves hundreds of animals each year, but the center is under threat.

Oregon Zoo Murders Packy The Elephant

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Despite protests from scientists, the public and his own keepers, Packy the elephant was murdered by the Oregon Zoo on February 9 a date that is now being recognized as World Zoothanasia Day.

Prevent the Execution of Endangered Wolves!

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has killed two wolves from the Smackout pack and has authorized further lethal action. Wolves were once numerous in Washington state but were killed off by ranchers and farmers.

Puerto Aventuras: It's Time For Dolphin Liberation!

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Dolphin Discovery is a notorious company that owns at least 24 captive dolphin facilities scattered across Mexico. Two of its facilities landed on our Ten Worst Tanks List last year: Six Flags in Mexico City landed at #6

Reject World Dog Show in China

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International outrage followed the announcement that the 2019 World Dog Show would be held in China.

Retire Bamboo from #1 Worst Zoo

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Dog meat is currently a hot issue around the world. Thanks in no small part to all concerned animal advocates generating awareness via social media, South Korea is no exception.

Safeguard American Dogs and Cats From Human Consumption

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The dog and cat meat trade are not as exclusive to Asian countries as one may think. Dog and cat meat consumption have been reported in Switzerland, Nigeria, Jamaica, India, and surprisingly within the US, to name just a few.

Save Millions of Animals and Cut Environmental Baggage

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Last week, Air India made one simple change that will save hundreds of thousands of animals from short, brutal lives and untimely deaths - it stopped serving non-vegetarian meals.

Save a Heartbroken Mom This Mother's Day

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We're never told that cows can only lactate when they have a baby to feed.

Say No to Wild Horse & Burro Slaughter!

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As we wrap up our celebrations of US independence, the wild horses and burros who symbolize our nation's freedom are facing a monstrous threat.

Seal Beach Sending Coyotes to the Gas Chambers

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The Seal Beach, California city council has decided that coyotes inhabiting the area must be killed and in the most cruel method possible.

Send a Valentine for the Elephants

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Have a Heart, Send Bamboo and Chai to a Sanctuary

Shut Down Dolphin Prison in the Making

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Gulfport, Mississippi is about to make another huge mistake for the state with its plans to imprison dolphins in a new aquarium - don't let it happen!

Shut Down Miserable Elephant Prison

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Living conditions at New York's Buffalo Zoo remain a daily challenge for Asian elephants Supara and Jothi. The two isolated female elephants are forced to endure long, brutally cold winters.

Shut Down the Natural Bridge Zoo Roadside Atrocity for Good!

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We're calling for the immediate closure and sanctuary retirement of animals suffering at Virginia's Natural Bridge Zoo in Rockbridge County, following a new round of animal welfare violations found by the USDA during a June inspection.

Stop Australia's Sick Plan to Massacre Cats with Poison

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Yes, you read that correctly. The Australian government is enlisting the use of aerial drones to poison cats.

Stop Bid to Slaughter Elephants for Trophies and Ivory!

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The African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act- Bill HR226, attempts to reverse current restrictions on trophy hunting and the ivory trade by amending the African Elephant Conservation Act of 1988 (AECA). We must stop this....

Stop Corruption in Dairy, Egg and Meat Marketing

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Did you know that a Supreme Court ruling on the beef checkoff program concluded that "Beef, It's What's for Dinner," has effectively become government speech?

Stop Dog Meat Satay Horror in "Idyllic" Bali

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The thought of Bali evokes a visual idyllic paradise rich with culture, rice paddies and spirituality. But now a cruel and dirty secret has been uncovered on this island of paradise - the dog meat trade.

Stop Egypt's Planned Massive Donkey Export to China

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The General Organization for Veterinary Services of Egypt has approved the export of 10,000 donkeys to China.

Stop Elementary School Program of Hatching Baby Chicks

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Every year, teachers at Neil Cummins and Anthony G. Bacich Elementary Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area hatch eggs in their classrooms. These birds are born in incubators, deprived of their mothers, kept in inhumane conditions...

Stop Free Range Farm Misery

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New undercover footage exposes horrific suffering, misery, and even cannibalism at a free range chicken supplier.

Stop Information Blackout at USDA That's Protecting Animal Abuse

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The United States Department of Agriculture has taken a bold and unprecedented action to protect animal abusers. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has removed all public records of animals kept in facilities such as labs.

Stop Reckless Slaughter of Wild Animals in Alaska's Wildlife Refuges

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A recent congressional bill, House Joint Resolution 69, has passed the House and is now on the way to the Senate. This bill is a direct attack on the already insufficient protections for animals living in Alaska's national wildlife refuges.

Stop School Glorifying Bullfights

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We recently received a call to our Animal Activist Support Line from a person who shared her grief, anger, and disgust after watching a bullfighting performance at a school.

Stop Yale Sparrow Slaughter

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Dr. Christine Lattin is a postdoctoral researcher at Yale University who kills birds for a living.

Stop Yellowstone National Park's Bison Slaughter

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In February 2014, we asked you to oppose the slaughter of bison in America's oldest national park and you responded by the thousands.

Stop Yulin Dog Meat Festival 2017

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The horrible festival that slaughters about 10,000 dogs, mostly stolen beloved companions and strays, is set to start in two months and we are trying desperately to stop it.

Stop the Bow Hunting of Deer by City of Charlottesville

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Bow hunting is one of the most inhumane and utterly barbaric ways to kill any animal. Injury rates are very high and many deer are tracked for long periods by the blood trail they leave.

Stop the Wolf Killing Frenzy in Wisconsin - Demand Emergency Pro

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Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has handed its wolf management to the wolf haters the trophy hunters and trappers, who have killed 92 wolves in six days, as of October 21.

Stop the Yellowstone Bison Massacre

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America's last truly wild bison live in the Yellowstone National Park area. Every year, they are harassed and killed because of the alleged threat that they will transfer brucellosis, a terrible disease, to domestic cattle.

Target: Put Cruelty-Free Products Back on Shelves!

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Hampton Creek's famous "Just Mayo" and 20 other "Just" products were pulled off shelves after mysterious letters alleging food safety issues were sent to Target.

Tell Congress to Stand Up for Wolves

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Wolves are some of the most persecuted, hated, and misunderstood wild animals and, as a result, in many states have lost their Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections.

Tell Groupon to Stop Exploiting Elephants at Wildlife Safari!

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Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon is shamed in 7th place on our Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants List. This animal abusement facility has been on our list five out of the past six years for its blatant exploitation of elephants for money.

Tell Marineland and AAA to Stop Supporting Cetacean Cruelty!

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If Marineland is good at one thing, it's stirring up controversy. The facility, located in Ontario, Canada, has wrongly accused an animal rights organization of "exploiting" children and used this accusation to oppose...

Tell Mississippi Officials Not To Include Dolphins in Planned Aq

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The city of Gulfport, Mississippi, is planning on building an aquarium that will include a dolphin exhibit.

Tell Obama to Ban Ivory Sales in the US!

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Can the U.S. Stop African Elephants from Going Extinct in One Generation?

Tell Pittsburgh Zoo: Stop Abusive Elephant Breeding!

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The Pittsburg Zoo's International Conservation Center (ICC) recklessly impregnated an elephant it knew had a history of not being able to care for her newborn.

Tell President Moon: Keep Your Pledge to Ban Dog Meat

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South Korea just elected one of the world's most pro-animal presidents. President Moon Jae-In has promised a better life for animals, which reportedly includes a phased ban on dog meat.

Tell Whole Foods to Stop Killing Bunnies!

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Americans are now eating less animal flesh than ever before. Yet both the livestock industry and many in the food industry are not happy about this turn of events and are advocating for Americans to not only eat more flesh, but to consume more species.

Thank Ephrata Fair for Ending Pig Chases!

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For 39 years, the Ephrata Fair, held in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, included an annual pig chase. Grease-covered pigs were put in the middle of a field surrounded by hundreds of spectators while children and adults chased, tackled...

The Dairy Pride Act is Unjust: Take Action!

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If Wisconsin Senator Baldwin has her way, the next time you go to the supermarket for a half gallon of almond milk, you might not be able to find it. Why? Because there is a new bill entering Congress called the Dairy Pride Act

The Moth Story Hour Promotes Animal Torture and Speciesism

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The Moth Story Hour is a nationally syndicated radio show featuring tales by professional storytellers and amateurs who want to share their stories, which are often inspiring and transformative.

Tippah County: Stop Abusing Rabbits for Entertainment

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Nearly 70,000 of you took action for the rabbits, chickens, pigs, goats, and calves being abused at Tippah County Fair's cruel "Farm Animal Scrambles" last year.

Tormented Together: Buttonwood Zoo's Incompatible Elephants!

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What happens when you imprison two stressed-out elephants? Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts knows the answer.

Urge World Veterinary Association to Condemn Barbaric Dog Meat Trade

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The World Veterinary Association (WVA) announced on Monday, March 13, 2017 its creation of the Global Animal Welfare Awards 2017, co-founded and supported by Ceva Santé Animale, to be held during its 33rd World Veterinary Congress.

Urgent: Appeal California's Foie Gras Ruling

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California's foie gras ban was overturned last Wednesday, January 7, by U.S. District Court Judge Stephen V. Wilson in Los Angeles. He ruled that the ban, passed in 2004 and only recently in effect as of 2012, illegally encroaches on the regulatory domain

Urgent: Protect Maui Cats

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A pack of feral dogs has been running wild in the streets of Lahaina, Hawaii at night and killing feral cats, family pets, chickens, and other small dogs. The Maui Humane Society (MHS) claims they do not have the funding nor the staff to...

What is Sanderson Farms Trying to Hide From Us?

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Sanderson Farms, one of the largest poultry producers in the United States, proudly promotes its use of antibiotics as harmless, yet it won't agree to a federal government study to measure the health risks.

When Doves Cry

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On January 2, 2017, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) decided to ignore science, ethics, and thousands of pleas from animal activists. AHF proceeded with its plan and released 198 captive-bred doves during the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.

World's Loneliest Orca Screams for Freedom

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Miami Seaquarium forces Lolita to perform tricks and cry out loudly for the audience during its circus-style show. The sound of her anguished scream is heartbreaking to many, and a new study confirms that we are recognizing what Lolita is saying.

Zimbabwe Abducts Baby Elephants

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According to the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, Hwange National Park visitors witnessed the capture of baby elephants by government helicopters and ground teams.





In Defense of Animals, located in San Rafael, Calif., is an international animal protection organization with more than 100,000 members and supporters dedicated to ending the abuse and exploitation of animals by protecting their rights and welfare. IDA's efforts include educational events, cruelty investigations, boycotts, grassroots activism, and hands-on rescue through our sanctuaries in Mississippi, Mumbai, India, and Cameroon, Africa.

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