December 16, 2016
Los Angeles Zoo: Release Billy to Sanctuary!
The Los Angeles Zoo confines three Asian elephants in a very small exhibit and operate an invasive captive breeding program. The two females, Tina and Jewel, who are in their fifties and on loan from the San Diego Zoo, live in one portion of the enclosure. On the other side of the exhibit is the lone male elephant, Billy, abducted from his mother and family in Malaysia as an infant, and acquired by the Los Angeles Zoo in 1989. Billy is kept separate from the two females and lives in chronic isolation. Billy deserves a better life, and he needs our help.
Punish Dog Kicking Cheer Coach
On Nov 17, 2016, cheer-leader coach Stephanie Britt of Savannah, Georgia was booked and bonded out on a charge of simple battery on a minor. Just days later, on November 23, 2016, a video surfaced on Facebook of Britt kicking her Dachshund dog, Charlie, for trying to gain her attention as she instructed at Benedictine Military School in August of 2016.
Victory! Infamous Dog Meat Market Shuts Down
In Defense of Animals welcomes the end to dog slaughter at South Korea's most infamous dog meat market. Moran Market is South Korea's biggest livestock market and sold approximately 80,000 dogs a year. In Defense of Animals has campaigned for many years to close Moran Market, citing blatant violations of animal welfare laws and brutal killings in which dogs are electrocuted or boiled alive, hanged, blowtorched, and then butchered, often next to cages packed full of live dogs.
7 Delicious Vegan Holiday Hacks!
From lip smacking roasts to hot chocolate and cherry pie, not only are incredible vegan swaps growing by the day, but they’re also becoming widely stocked at everyday stores like Safeway, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Target, and Walmart. There's never been a better time to explore delicious cruelty-free foods than right now!
Akiba: Orphaned as Baby by Poachers
Akiba, whose name means "thank you" in one of the local dialects in Cameroon, was brought to In Defense of Animals - Africa's Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue in March 2004, when she was only five months old. A poacher had killed Akiba’s mother and stolen her from the forest only 2-3 days earlier, and a former Sanaga-Yong employee rescued her. When she arrived at the sanctuary, she was dehydrated and so weak that she could barely hold her head up or keep her eyes open. However, unlike other infants who have found safe haven at Sanaga-Yong, Akiba did not need to be coaxed to drink her milk formula. She immediately accepted a baby bottle, which was a wonderful relief for her caregivers! By the end of the first day, she was already stronger and more alert.
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