Urge New Tucson Mayor To Stop Separation Of Elephant Friends
Please tell newly elected Tucson, Arizona Mayor Jonathan Rothschild that the world is closely watching how his city cares for elephants Connie and Shaba, whose 30-year bond will soon be shattered if the Reid Park Zoo has its way.
Connie and Shaba have been together since 1982 when Connie was 15 and Shaba was just 2, and they have been deeply bonded ever since. Yet the zoo plans to send Asian elephant Connie to the San Diego Zoo, as she doesn't fit in with the Reid Park Zoo's soon-to-open African elephant exhibit. Though the zoo will try to integrate Shaba with the new group of elephants, there is no guarantee that this will be successful - if not, Shaba would be moved to another zoo. Click here to read more and send an e-mail to the mayor.Arizona Residents: Note new time for Sunday, Dec. 18 rally at the Reid Park Zoo: noon - 2:30 p.m.
IDA Files Defense Department Complaint Over Sheep Beating
In Defense of Animals has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Defense, requesting an investigation into the brutal beating of a helpless sheep by a U.S. soldier armed with a baseball bat. The incident was caught on video in Afghanistan and circulated around the internet, tarnishing the reputation of the U.S. military. The video shows a child looking on and several other soldiers laughing and cheering the beating. It took 12 blows, with the sheep in convulsions and attempting escape, before the helpless animal finally died. IDA demands that an investigation is conducted into this incident and appropriate action taken for all those involved. Click here to read more and to send a fax to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
IDA And Parma, Ohio Honor Guardian Campaign Activist Brandon Yanak
On December 5, IDA presented our Guardian Award to Brandon Yanak of Parma, Ohio. Brandon led the effort to make Parma the first Guardian City in Ohio.
IDA's Guardian Campaign Director Anita Carswell presented the award to Brandon at a Parma City Council meeting, but it was not the only recognition Brandon received for his outstanding commitment to companion animals. The Parma City Council awarded Brandon with a gold key to the city, and a Mayoral Citizen of the Month Award, plus certificates of appreciation for being Citizen of the Month from both the Treasurer and the Parma City Council. Click here to read more.
IDA Profiled In Vegetarian Times "Who 2 Give 2" Feature
In Defense of Animals is honored to be chosen this year for Vegetarian Times’ Who 2 Give 2 annual charity guide. On newsstands now, Vegetarian Times magazine features five non-profits that their research deems worthy of your donation dollar and we are proud to be the first featured in the article. Veg Times states that IDA “Champions the rights of animals by orchestrating campaigns to shut down puppy mills, stop the sale of fur and foie gras, and end animal testing and runs animal sanctuaries in Africa and rural Mississippi.” IDA thanks Vegetarian Times for the recognition, introducing us to their readers and shining such a favorable light on our work for animals. Be sure to subscribe or pick up a copy today!
New Study Says U.S. Vegan Population Doubled In 2 Years
According to a new Harris Interactive study commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group, the number of vegans in the United States has doubled since 2009 to 2.5% of the population. An amazing 7.5 million U.S. citizens now eat vegan diets that do not include any animal products – no meat, poultry, fish, dairy or eggs. Close to 16 million, or 5%, identify as vegetarian, never eating meat, poultry or fish. Click here to read more on our blog, and post your own thoughts.
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