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March 15, 2012

Guardian ButtonIDA's Guardian Campaign Redefines Our Relationship With Other Species

"IDA’s Guardian Campaign," says Action Now Network founder Sheila Wasserman, “is an idea whose time has come … It is the beginning of a sea change that can sweep the country, change the lives of the animals we love, and in the process, our own as well.”

In this new essay about the importance of replacing the word “owner” with “guardian” when defining our relationship with animals, Ms. Wasserman argues that the Guardian Campaign “not only has the potential to significantly reduce animal cruelty and abandonment, but also to redefine the boundaries, to expand the definition of compassion, and to rewrite the script for treatment of animals in a way that has not been accomplished before.” Click here to read the full essay. To help make your city a Guardian City, please contact

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Sri Lanka elephant MihiriEnd The Brutal Treatment Of Sri Lankan Elephant Mihiri 

IDA often learns of dire situations for elephants around the world, and with your help we have been able to make a difference. Now we ask you to speak up for Mihiri, a seven-year-old elephant at the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka, who suffers multiple wounds believed to be the result of brutal training. Recent photos show gaping gashes on her feet and painful lesions on her face and head, likely caused by chaining and use of the bullhook.

Click here to read more and send a message to Sri Lankan officials. Urge them to stop the brutal treatment of Mihiri, and to ensure that no other elephant at the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage is treated with such cruelty.

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Pig in factory farmGood News And Bad News On State "Ag-gag" Bills 

Undercover investigators and journalists have successfully exposed horrific cruelty in the animal agriculture industry. Instead of improving conditions for animals and workers, "Big Ag" is drawing a curtain over their dirty operations with whistleblower suppression legislation - "ag-gag" bills. These bills make it illegal to document with video or photos any animal agriculture operations. This is a blatant violation of free speech rights and an attack on brave activists and journalists who risk their personal safety to expose the horrible cruelty of factory farms.

Ten states have introduced ag-gag legislation. Iowa passed an ag-gag bill earlier this month. While this is the first such bill to pass in a few years, it is not the first ever. Kansas, Montana and North Dakota passed similar legislation a few years ago. However, the recent Iowa bill sets a bad precedent for the other bills moving through the states. Utah's bill passed the House and Senate and is on the governor’s desk - we want a veto. If you are a Utah resident, please tell the governor to veto this bill. If he doesn’t veto the bill within about two weeks, it automatically becomes law.

There is some good news. Ag-gag bills in Florida, Indiana and Illinois all failed. Tennessee’s is expected to die in committee soon. Other states are pending, but there is no swift movement - a good sign. IDA is part of a large coalition of groups monitoring these dangerous bills, and we will continue to inform you of any action you can take.

Ag-gag legislation is being condemned by freedom of speech groups as unconstitutional. It is designed to keep consumers and the public in the dark about what is really going on in factory farms. The public has the right to know about illegal and unethical practices on farms including food safety issues, environmental degradation, and blatant animal abuse. Lawmakers should be holding animal agribusiness accountable for cruelty - not preventing the public from viewing it.

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Pig Sadie at Hope Animal SanctuaryHope Animal Sanctuary Says Goodbye To Sadie 

Sadie the pig had been found wandering. She was 4 – 5 months old and seemed to be in perfect health. Of course we fell in love with her.

We looked forward to caring for her at our Hope Animal Sanctuary in Mississippi for many years. Unfortunately, life took an ugly turn for Sadie, and in the blink of an eye she was gone. Click here to read more, and to post your own thoughts on our blog.

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Harvard Public Health logoNew Harvard Study Says Eating Meat Will Kill You

A major new study from the Harvard School of Public Health concluded that eating just a small serving of red meat per day increases risk of death by 13%, and eating processed meat daily increases mortality rate by 20%. The study also found that replacing one serving of red meat with one serving of healthy protein sources lowered mortality risk by 19% for nuts, 14% for whole grains and 10% for legumes. Click here to read more.

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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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