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Lily Tomlin Wants YOU To Participate In IDA’s
International Day Of Action For Elephants In Zoos!

Lily TomlinThis year's International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos (IDAEZ) will take place on June 11. 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 issued this call to action:

Lily Tomlin, Jenny, Dallas Zoo"I started speaking out for elephants after I learned that without space to move, elephants in zoos develop crippling foot disease and arthritis, conditions that lead to a premature, painful death. I also discovered that their repetitive rocking, swaying and head bobbing were not natural behaviors at all but signs of deep psychological distress caused by their impoverished lives.

"Elephants were never meant to be confined in zoos, where they are suffering and dying prematurely. Please help me share this important message by participating in the International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos on June 11, a unique event that brings the world together to stop the suffering of elephants in zoos."- Lily Tomlin

Last year, IDA staff and members organized events in more than 30 cities, educating thousands of people around the world. 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, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Texas and Washington, and internationally in Canada, Spain and the UK. Click here for a list of scheduled events. (New events are being added all the time so check the list often - or add your own event!)

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

Pt Defiance Zoo elephants, Tacoma, WashingtonElephants are highly intelligent and self-aware individuals who naturally range many miles a day. They live in large, tight-knit family groups and their social connections extend to hundreds of elephants. Yet a typical trip to the zoo reveals just a few elephants confined in miserably small pens, often rhythmically swaying and rocking – a behavior unseen in the wild.

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 or email

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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