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2011-01-18 11:23:00

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Jan. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 2010 list of the Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants, released today by In Defense of Animals (IDA), once again exposes the hidden suffering of elephants in zoos, where lack of space, unsuitably cold climates and impoverished social groupings condemn Earth's largest land mammals to lifetimes of deprivation, disease and early death. In its seventh year, the list also features IDA's first recognition of a zoo (Dallas Zoo in Texas) for...

2010-03-31 09:26:00

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, as Americans prepare to file their annual tax returns, In Defense of Animals (IDA) is unveiling its "Top 10 Reasons Why Animal Research is a Cruel Joke" in recognition of ridiculous and wasteful experiments funded by your tax dollars. "If you think all animal research is used to treat and cure life-threatening conditions, think again," said IDA Executive Director Anand Ramanathan, BVSc., MS. "Every year, the National Institutes of Health...

2010-02-16 15:18:00

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization with over 85,000 members, today released letters from celebrities opposed to NASA-funded experiments. The experiments, which NASA wants conducted at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), involve irradiating squirrel monkeys. IDA and the International Primate Protection League (IPPL), a South Carolina-based non-profit dedicated to protecting the world's primates, filed a...

2008-06-24 21:00:00

The Dallas Zoo will move its remaining elephant to a wildlife park in Mexico this fall. Jenny, the 31-year-old African elephant, will move to the Africam Safari Park, a 617-acre forested wildlife park located 80-miles southeast of Mexico City, zoo officials said today. There has been much speculation about Jenny's future since the death of her companion KeKe, 39, who died in May of congestive heart failure. Animal activists had requested Jenny be moved to a sanctuary to ensure mental and...

2006-03-03 20:20:00

By Christopher Doering WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government plans to look into possible changes in laws protecting zoo elephants after an animal welfare group complained that many were kept in cramped conditions that caused arthritis and foot disease and could be deadly. The Agriculture Department said on Friday it would seek public comment on a petition filed last month by the group, In Defense of Animals, accusing U.S. zoos of violating the Animal Welfare Act by keeping elephants in...

2004-12-05 00:05:00

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Elephants in zoos are living as long as those in the wild, but their population in captivity is dwindling because it is so difficult to breed them, according to studies released Friday. The study of elephant life spans concluded that the average life expectancy of Asian and African elephants in captivity in North America is 45 years and 33 years, respectively. Those figures are similar for elephants in the wild, according to the study, presented Friday at the...

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