IDA is on the frontlines fighting cruelty to elephants:
in captivity and in the wild!
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 painful wounds to their legs.
• Around-the-clock chaining prevented socialization and caused immense stress.
• Additional wounds caused by brutal training techniques.
• Access to water and shade restricted.
• A mother and baby chained and separated, resulting in terrible mental anguish.
The ZNSPCA needed support for the elephants’ feeding, care, rehabilitation, and release back into the wild, as well as monitoring their survival in the wild. IDA didn’t hesitate to lend a hand. But we couldn’t have been there were it not for the compassion and support of our members. It is only thanks to your donations that we are able to respond when the animals need it most.
Your donation today will ensure that IDA continues to support the monitoring of the elephants released back to the wild, and have the ready funds to react immediately to similar emergencies in the future.
Cruelty to Elephants in Circuses …
IDA tracked Tina and Jewel to Texas. They had been there for months, confined to a 20' x 20' concrete slab or an unventilated barn, surrounded by circus refuse – an old trailer, discarded props, the remnants of the notorious Davenport family's crumbling circus lives.
The Davenports had amassed Animal Welfare Act violations for failing to properly care for many animals, including Tina, Jewel and a third elephant, Queenie. They endured a lifetime of misery at the hands of the circus industry.
For over two years, IDA waged an intensive campaign to help Tina, Jewel, and Queenie. IDA members leafleted circus performances nationwide, documented the elephants’ conditions with photographs and video, and generated tens of thousands of emails and telephone calls to the Secretary of Agriculture and Congress urging them to rescue these elephants.
We documented numerous legal violations, prompting both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate and act.
Your donations paid for the legal research, media and public outreach, and literature that brought about this extraordinary outpouring of activism.
On August 20, the USDA and the FWS confiscated Tina and Jewel, sending them to the San Diego Zoo for desperately-needed veterinary care. While we would have preferred that they went to a sanctuary, they are enjoying the safety of their new environment, where they will never again be shoved onto the back of a trailer, trucked around, forced to perform, or chained to a tree.
But Queenie was left chained to a tree in Texas, still held by Will Davenport. IDA continued to pressure the USDA, which recently acted by filing formal charges against Davenport. Many of the violations were brought to the agency's attention by IDA.
Help us continue to pressure the agency to send Queenie to a sanctuary. She deserves a tranquil setting where she can enjoy the company of other elephants and the natural conditions elephants need to thrive.
Please help IDA continue to expand our life-saving work on behalf of elephants by making a donation today!
Cruelty to Elephants in Zoos …
IDA’s determination to free elephants from terrible psychological and physical pain and suffering has resulted in Lulu, Tinkerbelle, Ruby, and Maggie being transferred to a sanctuary.
Your donation today will help us protect and free elephants from circuses and zoos in the United States and - elsewhere in the world - it will help:
• Expand our support of international programs to end the capture of wild elephants for elephant-back safaris and other tourism ventures.
• Fight the illegal poaching of elephants for ivory.
• Expand our efforts to transfer more elephants from zoos to sanctuaries, and to end the exploitation of elephants in circuses.
For the elephants, and from the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your continued support. You truly do make all of our life-saving efforts possible.
You have my guarantee that IDA will always do all in our power to be there for animals in need - no matter where they are abused, no matter where they are suffering.
Visit us on our news page to see a photo gallery of the Zimbabwe elephant rescue.
Elliot M. Katz, DVM
President, In Defense of Animals