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August 12, 2011

CARE dog meat protest, South KoreaInternational Day Of Action For South Korean Dogs And Cats Is Next Week

IDA is buzzing with activity in preparation for our International Day of Action for South Korean Dogs and Cats, now just a few days away. We have organized over 40 events in 6 countries focusing worldwide attention on the plight of dogs and cats tortured, killed and eaten (or boiled for "elixirs") in South Korea. South Korean embassy and consulate workers in the U.S. and Canada will spend their lunchtime on August 16 viewing our signs and reading our brochures. World-wide, demos will take place on various days throughout next week. Click here to read more including links to our new poster and brochure that you can download and print for distribution, for free.

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BLM photoRare Victory For America's Wild Horses

America's wild horses have won a rare victory, as reported by the Associated Press: "The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has backed off its plan to castrate hundreds of wild stallions in southwestern Wyoming... The agency had planned to round up nearly 900 wild horses from the White Mountain/Little Colorado herd management areas between Rock Springs and La Barge starting this month. ... The BLM planned to castrate all the stallions it could capture and release 177 of them back to the range as geldings. It was going to put the rest of the captured horses up for adoption or sale, or send them to long-term holding sites."

Read more about this victory in reports from Reuters and The Atlantic. The plaintiffs in the victorious lawsuit include the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), and IDA is a member of the AWHPC coalition.

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Ringling elephant and trainer Manny CenetaFour California Humane Societies Call For Ringling Circus Boycott

On August 5, The Marin Humane Society, East Bay SPCA, Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA and the Sacramento SPCA called for a boycott of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, citing the company's routine abuse of animals.

From their news release: "Northern California animal welfare agencies agree: The use of animals as circus performers is an outdated and inhumane concept. Behind the scenes trainers often use whips, bullhooks, electric prods and other painful tools to force animals to perform tricks. When not performing, animals are kept training a baby elephantin small, cramped cages for days at a time with little monitoring. Circuses have long been suspected of training animals through such coercive means as beating and whipping elephants on the head, face, ears and trunk."

IDA applauds these agencies for taking the lead in making their communities more humane. We'd love to see this idea spread across the country! Please contact your humane society or SPCA and ask them to take a similar, public position against circuses that abuse animals. Contact IDA's Catherine Doyle for help.

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes - CaesarRise Of The Planet Of The Apes Gets Two Opposable Thumbs Up!

The classic Planet of the Apes book, movies, and TV series sent a powerful message regarding humanity's treatment of non-human animals. Seeing people beaten, chained, and enslaved for the "superior" apes put a human face on our oppression of other species. Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which opened nationwide August 5, takes this message further, forcing us to see the grim reality of animal experimentation and the cruelty of keeping wild animals in captivity. And the film used only computer-generated apes – no real animals were harmed. Click here to read our full review!

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Marc BekoffAnimal Minds And The Myth Of Human Exceptionalism

Do non-human animals think and feel? That's the topic of a fascinating Psychology Today article by Marc Bekoff, Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and co-founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

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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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