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January 26, 2018

In Defense of Animals

Ready, Set, Ban! End the Dog & Cat Meat Trade in South Korea

Dog and cat meat is a hot button issue, particularly in countries where dogs and cats are considered friends, not food, and most people wouldn’t dream of eating them. South Korea is one of several countries changing its relationship with dogs and cats. In the run up to the Winter Olympics next month, the nation has taken a positive step and imposed restrictions on certain dog and cat meat markets. Now is a vital time to urge a permanent outright ban on dog and cat meat once and for all!

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End the Imprisonment of Big Cats

Tigers, lions, jaguars, and other large felines belong in the wild. Unfortunately, somewhere between 10,000 and 20,000 of these wild creatures are kept in captivity in the United States as pets or in roadside zoos. Wildcats require large territories, and although some may appear tame when caged or confined, they are not able to be truly domesticated. Keeping these majestic animals in small spaces restricts their freedom of movement and expression of natural behavior, and is incredibly cruel.

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Incredible Victory for Nosey & How You Can Help All Elephants

For decades, In Defense of Animals has advocated on behalf of captive elephants, and one elephant in particular who was relentlessly abused for years on end. We are delighted to share the wonderful news that Nosey, the "poster elephant" for captive elephants (pictured here enjoying her new life), has finally been set free. Her beaming success story inspires us with great hope for all elephants remaining in captivity, especially those stuck in the Ten Worst Zoos. With your help, In Defense of Animals can continue to expose the shocking suffering of elephants in circuses and zoos and advocate for these exceptional animals to remain in the wild, where they belong.

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Celebrate Activist Appreciation Month with Us!

February is Activist Appreciation Month at In Defense of Animals, and it's when we really celebrate your efforts to make a difference for animals! This month, we're featuring special programs to provide more emotional and spiritual resources for you. We're kicking it off with these two webinars:

The Link Between Sexism and Activism with Sister Species: Women, Animals, and Social Justice author Dr. Lisa Kemmerer on Thursday, February 1

Liberating People and Animals Through Christian Vegan Advocacy with Jessica Lopez of Shepherding All God's Creatures on Thursday, February 8

Find out what else we have in store for you this month here.

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Watch Our New Vegan Cooking Show!

Last week, we live-streamed the very first show in our brand-new 12-step cooking series that supports you to maintain optimum health, lose weight, reverse chronic illness and tackle food addiction while adopting a plant-based lifestyle. The Vegan Cooking & Food Psychology show is part of our Carnivores Anonymous program, featuring our very own In Defense of Animals President, Dr. Marilyn Kroplick, and co-hosted by Vegan and Wellness coach extraordinaire, Chef Kathleen Kastner. Dr. Marilyn shares her thoughts and insights on the program, as she invites us to watch the show and reflect on food addiction and powerlessness.

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