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The Animal Rights 2011 National Conference, the world’s largest and oldest animal rights gathering, was held July 21 – 25 in Los Angeles, California at the Westin LAX Hotel. This annual conference sponsored by Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) and co-sponsored by In Defense of Animals (IDA) offered sessions on combating animal abuse, organizing, tactics, animal protection issues, and key campaigns. IDA enlightened newcomers and seasoned activists about our programs through extensive participation on panels. Our table in the main hall was brimming with information on IDA campaigns, plus fun t-shirts, buttons,[...]
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“…When I see an elephant in a zoo, swaying back and force in a tiny space, I don’t learn anything other than this is no way to treat Earth’s largest land mammals. This is not education. This is not conservation. These animals are happiest and healthiest when they are in [...] Read More »
Posted by Catherine Doyle | Dec.31.1969
Throughout my 20 years in the animal protection field I have admired the work of In Defense of Animals, and I’m truly honored to accept the position of President of this esteemed organization. I feel very fortunate to have inherited a solid foundation created by Dr. Elliot Katz, and look forward to building on this [...] Read More »
Posted by Scotlund Haisley | Dec.31.1969
IDA is deeply saddened by the death of Taima, a long-suffering 20-year-old captive killer whale who died prematurely and unnaturally while giving birth to her stillborn calf yesterday at SeaWorld in Orlando. Her life was as upsetting as her death.
Captive breeding of killer whales by SeaWorld or other commercial aquaria does not contribute to meaningful [...] Read More »
Posted by Melissa Gonzalez | Dec.31.1969
IDA's Project Hope sanctuary in Mississippi works 24 hours a day to rescue, spay/neuter, and find homes for animals of all species. Early in 2010, Project Hope’s Director, Doll Stanley, led an effort to save 60 dogs rescued from a Mississippi hoarder. Now, less than two months later, we have a very happy ending.