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Animal News Weekly - August 15, 2013

Bok-Nal in SeoulIn Defense of Animals

IDA's International Animal Protection Campaign Director recently returned from South Korea after participating in protests against the dog and cat meat trade during the height of the "Dog-Eating Days."

Along with South Korean activists, IDA educated the public about the horrors of this gruesome industry.

To read about this practice and the protests against it, please click here.

More International Circus Bans Passed

In Defense of AnimalsIDA is pleased to report that more countries are taking action to protect animals used for entertainment. Just last week, El Salvador banned the use of wild animals in circuses in reforming its wildlife conservation law. Cyprus also passed restrictions in June, going one step further by banning the use of all animals (wild and domestic) in circuses. Cyprus and Greece are the only two European countries that have a total ban on the use of animals in circuses. In India, the secretary of the Animal Welfare Board was recently quoted in an article that all animals will be banned from circuses there within a year stating, "Animals used in circus are treated brutally. They are kept hungry and cruel treatment is meted out to them. Hence, there is widespread demand for the ban of animals in circus shows."

While the U.S. has a long way to go on a federal ban, we are chipping away on a local level. At least 55 communities have some ban or restriction in place on the use of animals in circuses or for elephant rides. We encourage our members and supporters to initiate and support similar efforts to ban or limit the use of animals in circuses. For more info on what you can do, please email

Save the Date: International March for Elephants, October 4th

In Defense of AnimalsJoin supporters worldwide to speak out against the ivory trade on Friday, October 4th. Marches are being organized in a dozen cities including London, New York City, and Toronto to share the united message: Say NO to Ivory and End Wildlife Crime.

Organized through the iWorry campaign created by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the marches will call much-needed and widespread attention to the ongoing slaughter of African elephants, fueled by a growing demand for ivory.

This is close to IDA’s heart. Earlier this year, IDA supporters urged CITES, the governing body empowered to increase protection for elephants, to reject any future proposals for trade in ivory, support improved protection for elephants, and return to the full ban on the sale of ivory established in 1989.

The number of African elephants killed for their tusks is at a record high, pushing elephants in some areas to near extinction. In 2012, it’s estimated that poachers killed 32,000 elephants. That’s up from 25,000 killed in 2011. Eyewitnesses report seeing entire herds of elephants gunned down, including mothers who desperately tried to shield their babies. And for what? Trinkets such as jewelry, chess pieces, and hair ornaments.

Click here to learn more about which cities are involved in the International March for Elephants and how you can say NO to ivory.


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