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Lily Tomlin Wants YOU to Participate in IDA’s
International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos!

The International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos (IDAEZ) is fast approaching. On June 19, activists around the world will hold outreach events and demonstrations to educate the public about the tragic effects of confining elephants in small, barren zoo enclosures. 

IDA is pleased to have Lily Tomlin again support IDAEZ, the biggest event of the year for elephants. The accomplished actor and passionate activist for elephants has issued this call to action:

Lily Tomlin

“It’s time to stop keeping elephants in zoos, where they are suffering and dying prematurely purely as a result of their captivity in small and unnatural displays. That’s why I’m urging everyone to get involved in the International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos on June 19th, a unique outreach event that brings the world together to stop the suffering.”

Last year, activists like you held events in 33 cities in seven countries, attracting major media attention. Please help make this year’s Day of Action an even greater success by organizing or participating in an event near you. Events are already scheduled in California, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Texas, Washington, and internationally in Canada. Click here for a list of scheduled events. (New events are being added all the time so check the list often.)

If your city isn’t listed, we can help you organize an event. See the IDAEZ Get Started page for more information. This page also provides information on how you can help, even if you don’t live near a zoo with elephants. 

Elephants are highly intelligent individuals. In the wild, they range tens of miles a day, living in large, tight-knit family groups and socializing with a network of elephants that numbers in the hundreds. Yet a typical trip to the zoo reveals just a few elephants confined in miserably small pens, where lack of movement and standing on hard surfaces cause painful foot infections and arthritis that often lead to premature death. Repetitive swaying and rocking, unseen wild elephants, is a sign of deep psychological distress.

The elephants need your help. Please join IDA and Lily Tomlin in putting an end to their suffering by taking part in the International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos.

For more information on IDAEZ click here. You can also visit our special Facebook events page where you can network with other organizers and supporters.

In Defense of Animals, located in San Rafael, Calif., is an international animal protection organization with more than 85,000 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.

In Defense of Animals is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We welcome your feedback and appreciate your donations. Please join today! All donations to IDA are tax-deductible.

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