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June 28, 2012

Ducks_Goose_Babies_gifCelebrate A Victory - California Foie Gras Ban Takes Effect July 1

July 1 marks the realization of a long-awaited, incredible victory for animals in California. In 2004, IDA helped pass a law that banned foie gras, the enlarged livers of force-fed ducks and geese. Force-feeding is the extremely cruel practice of inserting a long, wide tube down the throat to force in many times the amount of food that a bird would normally eat, until the liver is engorged with disease. Legislators sided with scientists, veterinarians and advocates who exposed this cruelty. The food industry BizarroFoieGras_jpgwas given eight years to comply.

The ban finally takes effect on July 1, after which this cruel dish may no longer be produced or sold in California. Chefs who defy the ban are subject to a $1,000 citation. This is cause for celebration, though some chefs and restaurants are hinting that they will find creative ways to serve foie gras anyway, such as by charging a "corkage fee" to prepare foie gras that customers bring in themselves. There is also speculation that some will sell items such as toast at exhorbitant fees, and then tack on "free" foie gras to go with it. That's still illegal.

You can help IDA monitor and ensure compliance with the law. If you live in (or visit) California and see any business selling foie gras, please tell us so we can contact the proper enforcement agency. Email with any information about violations.

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elephant in circusHuge Circus Demo Coming To Los Angeles July 11

Ringling Bros. Circus Protest - Be a part of history at the Staples Center in Los Angeles as we exceed last year's record-breaking attendance of 500 activists. Mark your calendar: July 11, 5:45 p.m. Be there! Call 310-301-7730 for more information.

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V-Dog vegan dog foodFeed Your Companion Dog Vegan, And Get A Discount

We have domesticated dogs over thousands of years, conforming their lifestyles to be compatible with ours. Their days of foraging and hunting in the wild are long gone and we now have a responsibility to make the best choices we can for them, as they are completely dependent on us.

Being a good guardian means providing a diet that suits their nutritional needs, while also reducing the suffering of other animals. Dogs can thrive on a vegan diet, and feeding them compassionately can save countless farmed animals from miserable lives on factory farms, which in turn will reduce the catastrophic effects of animal agriculture on our environment.

IDA recommends V-Dog, a family-owned vegan dog food company that is passionate about their commitment to animal welfare. They use only "human grade" ingredients. If dog food is not healthy enough for us to eat, then why would we feed it to our companions? V-dog is offering a special discount to IDA members for the month of July to give it a try. Just give V-Dog the code "IDA" and you will receive a 5% discount on your first bag of V-Dog! Place your order here. And click here to learn more about vegan companion animals.

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Spay day at IDAPlease Help IDA's Hope Animal Sanctuary

A message from Doll Stanley, Director of IDA's Hope Animal Sanctuary in Mississippi:

"As one of IDA’s amazing supporters, you have made our lifesaving work at Hope Animal Sanctuary possible. Today I respectfully ask if you will please keep Hope alive again. Use the secure form at this link to donate right now!

Your tax-deductible gift to IDA – in any amount – will keep Hope alive for abused, abandoned and neglected animals. We rescued more than 1,000 animals last year and the year before that, too. And we are the only all-species response team in the region, rescuing dogs, cats, horses, pigs, birds and many others with a lifetime of love to give." Click here to read more about Hope Animal Sanctuary, and to help.

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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, India, and 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.

In Defense of Animals
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Tel. (415) 448-0048 Fax (415) 454-1031

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