IDA eNews: 01-09-08

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

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IDA Holds Candlelight Vigil for Victims at SF Zoo
Urges city officials to take publicly-funded zoo in new direction
On Thursday, January 2nd, the day the SF Zoo reopened for visitors, IDA and Unitarian Universalists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals held a candlelight vigil outside the zoo to give people an opportunity to mark the untimely passing of Sousa and Tatiana and pay their respects.

Infected Birds Found in Pet Stores
Psittacosis can be fatal to both birds and humans
A recent outbreak of psittacosis in birds sold by pet store chains in several states has provoked quarantines and recalls throughout the nation.

A Brand New Year for Animals
IDA celebrates 25th anniversary in 2008
Looking back on 2007, we are truly proud of what we have accomplished with your support and involvement.

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IDA eNews: 01-02-08

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

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Escaped Tiger at SF Zoo Kills One, Injures Two, Before Being Shot Dead
Around 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Day, a 350-pound Siberian tiger named Tatiana escaped from her outdoor enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo, then killed 17-year-old Carlos Sousa, Jr. and severely wounded two young companions. IDA calls for closure of zoo’s tiger exhibit, transfer of remaining tigers to sanctuary, ban on public feeding of large cats, and increased USDA oversight of zoos.

IDA’s January 2008 Guardian of the Month – Lacey Conner
From rescue to advocacy, VH-1’s Rock of Love “bad girl” does good for animals. “I tried to use the show as a platform to shine a light on issues relating to animals”

22 Pit Bulls Seized in Louisiana Dogfighting Case
Urge fire department to fire man facing dogfighting charges for second time. Caddo Animal Services officers who raided the Shreveport home of firefighter Eric Mosley on December 18th seized 22 pit bulls and equipment used to train dogs for fighting.

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IDA eNews: 12-26-07

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

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Take IDA’s Vegan Pledge!
A New Years resolution you’ll actually keep
If your New Year’s resolution could help save the planet and animals’ lives, wouldn’t you stick to it?

Help Songbirds by Leafleting Your Local VW Dealer
Contact IDA for help organizing an effective demonstration
VW’s president and CEO, Stefen Jacoby, has failed to respond to our communications asking him to use the auto company’s influence to stop the experiments.

Victory: Congress Passes Chimp Haven is Home Act
Take Action to urge President Bush to sign bill into law
This will protect chimpanzees used in research by closing a loophole in the Chimpanzee Health Improvement, Maintenance, and Protection Act (CHIMP Act).

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IDA eNews: 12-12-07

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

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Holiday Safety Tips for Animal Companions
Keep your whole family safe and happy during this special season
The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. But with all the tempting foods, exotic plants, and artificial decorations around, your animal companions may need a little extra protection to keep them safe and happy around this special time of year..

Cast Your Vote for IDA’s Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants in 2007 List
Help us publicize pachyderms’ paltry conditions in captivity
For the last few years, IDA has released its annual list of the Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants to draw attention to the appalling treatment of Earth’s largest mammal in captivity…

Three Face Animal Cruelty Charges for Puerto Rico Bridge Massacre
Perpetrators could spend nine years in prison
The owner of Animal Control Solutions and two of his employees have been charged with animal cruelty for throwing dogs and cats off a bridge in Puerto Rico…

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IDA: Tell FWS to Reject Zoo’s Elephant Semen Import!

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

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Subject: Urgent: Tell FWS to Reject Zoo’s Elephant Semen Import!

Urgent Action Alert: Help elephants by writing to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Deadline is this Monday, December 10!

The Woodland Park Zoo has applied to the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for an extension of its permit to import semen from a male Asian elephant named Rex at African Lion Safari in Canada for the purpose of artificially inseminating its female elephant, Chai. The Zoo is proceeding with the artificial insemination (AI) attempts despite the known risk that any baby born will contract the deadly elephant herpes virus, which in June claimed the life of Chai’s six-year old daughter Hansa.

The elephant herpesvirus causes death by massive internal hemorrhage and has claimed the lives of 10 elephants since 2000.

In addition to the loss of her daughter, Chai has endured four failed artificial insemination attempts to date. The procedure is highly invasive; elephants are restrained for several hours at a time while veterinarians pass an endoscope through their entire reproductive tract into the uterus.

In their zeal to produce a baby elephant (which always increases zoo attendance), Woodland Park Zoo officials are willing to subject any offspring produced to the significant risks of contracting this deadly virus, and to force the mother, Chai, to endure the anguish of watching another baby die a terrible death.

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IDA eNews: 12-5-07

Friday, December 7th, 2007

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Guardian of the Month for December – Elaine Hendrix
Actress, activist, and IDA celebrity spokesperson is a superstar for animals
IDA’s Guardian of the Month for December 2007 is the multi-talented Elaine Hendrix.

Victory: Final Four Murphy Horses Safe At Last
Long-suffering Boulder equines will go to new homes in Arizona and California
We are proud to report that the last four Peruvian Paso horses “owned” and bred by Mike Murphy of Boulder, Colo. are finally out of his “care” forever.

Tell Congress to Ban Aerial Gunning of Wolves
Canine-slaughtering season in Alaska to open soon
As part of their “predator control program,” the State of Alaska has already started issuing permits for the aerial gunning of wolves.

IDA Releases Report on Elephant Herpesvirus
Deadly virus is caused by mixing Asian and African elephants in captivity
A relatively recently discovered disease, the Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV), is having a deadly impact on Asian elephants in zoos.

IDA Prompts Fish and Wildlife Service to Investigate Illegal Sale of Elephants
Take Action to urge FWS and the USDA to send Tina and Jewel to a sanctuary
Tina and Jewel are Asian elephants in their early forties who have endured lives of hardship and abuse traveling with the Cole Brothers Circus.

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IDA Writing Alert: Elephant breeding under fire

Friday, December 7th, 2007

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Subject: Writing Alert: Elephant breeding under fire

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer published an article about a report IDA issued on the deadly elephant herpes virus. Please write a letter to the editor supporting IDA’s call for an end to breeding of Asian elephants at affected zoos, as well as for severe restrictions on the transfer of elephants between facilities. Send letters to The Seattle Post-Intelligencer at editpage [at] .seattlepi.com.

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Elephant breeding under fire

Risk to baby too high, activists tell zoo leaders

Last updated December 4, 2007
By KATHY MULADY
P-I REPORTER

Animal rights activists called Woodland Park Zoo’s elephant breeding program “reckless” and “irresponsible,” and demanded Tuesday that zoo leaders abandon plans to artificially inseminate an elephant next month.

The group wants to stop the insemination of Chai until a treatment or cure is found for herpes, the virus that killed the elephant’s 6-year-old offspring, Hansa, in June.

“It is just common sense. You have a contaminated facility. There is a very, very good chance you will have another death,” Catherine Doyle from In Defense of Animals told zoo board members.

“It is unconscionable for the zoo to risk subjecting another young elephant to this fatal disease and putting Chai through the anguish of watching another baby die a terrible death.”

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IDA eNews: 11-28-07

Friday, November 30th, 2007

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Help Stop Elephant Abuses in South Africa
Take Action to oppose cruel capture & training for safaris and circuses.
Your help is needed urgently to halt the continued capture and training of elephants in South Africa for elephant-back safaris and circuses.

Oppose Development of Canned Hunting Facility
Deer, migrating geese, and non-native species caught in the crosshairs
At a recent Seneca County Industrial Development Agency meeting in Upstate New York, a real estate development company proposed a plan to build a $1.3 million canned hunting facility on 2,300 acres of currently vacant land on the former Seneca Army Depot. The Seneca County Economic Development Corporation approved the plan on October 16th.

Colombian Lab Illegally Importing Owl Monkeys
Take Action to urge government officials to halt traffic in wild-caught primates
A research facility in Colombia called the Foundation for Experimental Immunology (FIDIC) is engaged in the illegal international trafficking of wild-caught owl monkeys from the jungles of Peru and Brazil.

Fur Free Friday Generates Heat on the Fur Trade
Holiday shoppers exposed to the true price of fur Thank you to everyone who joined us on Fur Free Friday at any of our many exciting demonstrations around the nation.

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IDA eNews: 11-21-07

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

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November 21st, 2007

IDA Action Alerts

Fur Free Friday Is Almost Here
Be a part of the action on November 23rd

Non-Native Species Extermination Bill Puts Feral Cats At Risk
Take Action to urge your Senators to vote No on H.R.767

Urge Federal Government to Stop Cruel Coyote Killings
Wildlife Services accused of beheading pups with shovels

Campaign News & Updates

Motor City Protests Target VW Foundation’s Deadly Songbird Experiments
Hold a leafleting event at your local Volkswagen dealer

IDA and Others Petition FDA to Mandate Non-Animal Testing
Coalition urges federal agency to use more humane and effective alternatives

Puerto Rico Bridge Massacre Just the Tip of the Iceberg
Investigation claims thousands of dogs & cats were illegally killed over eight years

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IDA eNews: 11-14-07

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

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November 14th, 2007

IDA Action Alerts

Stop Volkswagen’s Deadly Bird Experiments
Car company funds studies to decapitate European robins, garden warblers, and zebra finches

Oil Spill Kills Birds in San Francisco Bay
Cargo ship hits bridge, dumps 58,000 gallons of fuel into water

Ask Senate to Stop Sale of Animal Companions to Laboratories
Take Action to urge your elected officials to approve Sen. Akaka’s Farm Bill amendment

Campaign News & Updates

Victory: Japan Dolphins Will Not Go to Dominican Republic
The Save Japan Dolphins Coalition spares the Taiji Twelve from life in a marine park

One Week Left Until Fur Free Friday
Make plans to help animals skinned for fashion on November 23rd

School Kicks Cruel Donkey Basketball Game to the Curb
Thanks to those who contacted high school and Society of St. Vincent de Paul

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IDA Writing Alert: Thinking big when it comes to elephants

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

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Subject: Writing Alert: Thinking big when it comes to elephants

The Oregonian published an opinion piece about Oregon Zoo’s plans to expand its elephant exhibit. Please write a letter to the editor on the suffering elephants endure in zoos. Send letters to the Oregonian at letters [at] news.oregonian.com.

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Thinking big when it comes to elephants

Monday, November 12, 2007

Three decades ago, the Oregon Zoo was considered a world leader on captive Asian elephants. Today, even those representing the zoo admit that’s no longer the case. Despite evolving scientific knowledge about elephants and their complex needs, the Oregon Zoo, like most urban zoos, is living in the past. As a result, these endangered animals are needlessly suffering.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not for lack of trying. A behind-the-scenes tour leaves no doubt that those who look after Portland’s most popular zoo residents are doing what they can within the facility’s space limitations. But for years, the zoo has kept six or more elephants confined to pens the size of an average suburban backyard. That might be fine for the family dog, but we now know it’s totally inadequate for earth’s largest land mammal, which can weigh as much as 10,000 pounds and which has evolved to walk long distances each day.

Restricted space and unnatural conditions are causing the elephants to suffer and die prematurely from chronically diseased feet and crippling arthritis. Those challenges and the associated expense have led 16 major zoos to close or phase out their elephant exhibits, including zoos in Detroit, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago and New York.

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IDA eNews: 11-7-07

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

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November 7th, 2007

IDA Action Alerts

Take IDA’s Thanksliving Pledge!
Go turkey-free to save lives & win prizes this holiday season

bebe Agrees to Go Fur-Free…but Not Quite Yet
Take Action to urge fashion retailer not to wait until 2008

Sponsor IDA’s Anti-Fur PSA for Fur Free Friday
TV spot shows viewers the animal cruelty fashion industry tries to hide

Campaign News & Updates

IDA’s November 2007 Guardian of the Month – Christine Dorchak
Greyhounds’ best friend has the dog racing industry on the run

IDA-Project Hope Adoption Spotlight – Dottie
Darling Dalmatian is one of 28 animals recently spayed/neutered by vet students at the sanctuary

Victory: Cape May Adopts Plan to Protect Both Feral Cats and Endangered Birds
IDA joins coalition that helped convince New Jersey town to preserve TNR program

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IDA: Maggie Arrives Safely at PAWS Sanctuary

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

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Maggie Arrives Safely at PAWS Sanctuary
U.S. Air Force pilots successfully complete Operation Maggie Migration

After 25 years, Maggie has finally made the move from a tiny enclosure at the Alaska Zoo to her new home at the Performing Animal Welfare Society elephant sanctuary in Northern California. This is a great day not only for Maggie, but for IDA and everyone else who has worked to secure her freedom. We offer our sincerest thanks and congratulations to everyone who helped make this victory possible.

This historic trip included a five-hour flight in a temperature-controlled crate aboard a United States Air Force C-17 cargo plane from Alaska to Travis Air Force Base, followed by an 85-mile drive in a flatbed truck to PAWS. Maggie arrived safely on schedule at the sanctuary at 6:30 this morning.

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IDA eNews: 10-31-07

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

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IDA Action Alerts

IDA Seeks Whistleblowers at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
$2500 reward offered for evidence of animal cruelty at amusement park

Port Authority Exterminating Feral Cats at NY’s JFK Airport
IDA joins coalition to save cats and stop the killing

Rhode Island Woman Severs Stolen Parrot’s Leg
Take Action to urge prison sentence for animal abuser

Campaign News & Updates

Stay In Touch with IDA on Facebook
Networking site promotes friendship and animal advocacy

World GO VEGAN Days Wrap-Up
IDA holds outreach events, awards prize to winner of our e-Card contest

Cold Snap: Tips for Keeping Animals Safe & Warm This Winter
Protect your furry friends from frostbite, hypothermia & other seasonal health hazards

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IDA Writing Alert: Breeding elephants doesn’t protect them

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

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Subject: Writing Alert: Breeding elephants doesn’t protect them

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette printed an opinion piece about the Pittsburgh Zoo’s new elephant breeding facility. Please write a letter to the editor thanking them for publishing the piece and addressing the zoo conservation myth. Send letters to letters [at] post-gazette.com.

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Breeding elephants doesn’t protect them

Zoos like those in Pittsburgh should help preserve the animals’ native habitat instead

Wednesday, October 31, 2007
By Marianne Bessey

During this month’s ground-breaking ceremony at the Pittsburgh zoo’s proposed elephant breeding facility in Somerset Country, lots of lip service was paid to “conservation.” It is without question that elephants, endangered in Asia and threatened in Africa, desperately need help. But will spending millions of dollars on breeding a handful of elephants actually help elephants — or just the zoo’s bottom line?

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IDA Writing Alert: Elephants suffer in zoos

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

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Subject: Writing Alert: Elephants suffer in zoos

The Birmingham News published an opinion piece about Birmingham Zoo’s plans for a new elephant exhibit. Please write a letter to the editor on the suffering elephants endure in zoos urging the zoo to scrap any such plans. Send letters to the Birmingham News at epage [at] bhamnews.com.

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Elephants suffer in zoos

Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Birmingham Zoo’s plan to create a new, $15 million exhibit to house six to eight male elephants ignores the elephant in the room: the fact that landlocked urban zoos cannot provide Earth’s largest land mammals with the space and natural conditions they need to thrive.

The zoo’s proposed 14-acre Trails of Africa exhibit may sound good on paper, but even if elephants were allowed to roam the entire acreage (an unlikely prospect given the inability of zoos to house male elephants together due to aggression issues and the space that will be taken up by indoor housing and visitor amenities), it would still be inadequate for six to eight pachyderms.

Elephants evolved to walk tens of miles daily. Their feet were meant to dig, climb, swim, run and even stand, but all on natural dirt, sand, grass, forest and savanna floor, which maintain foot and joint health.

Zoo conditions prevent elephants from exercising, forcing them to stand, virtually in one place, for decades on unyielding substrates like concrete and compacted earth. These conditions wreak havoc on elephants’ joints and feet. More than 60 percent of all elephants in zoos suffer from foot disease, and nearly half have arthritis. These painful conditions are the leading cause of suffering and premature death of elephants in zoos.

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IDA eNews: 10-24-07

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

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World GO VEGAN Days Oct 27-29

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IDA Action Alerts

World GO VEGAN Days Is This Weekend!
Send an IDA e-Card and win a prize in our contest

Fur Free Friday: Focusing on Furriers
Alert: Tell Land’s End to stop selling rabbit fur

Congress to Consider Ban on Steel-Jawed Leghold Traps
U.S. could join 88 other countries in abolishing cruel contraptions

Campaign News & Updates

Raging Southern California Firestorm Endangers People and Animals
Get tips for keeping your family and your animal companions safe during this and other crises

IDA-Project Hope Adoption Spotlight – Lilah
Friendly and adorable Pit Bull mix will win your heart!

Victory: Cole’s “Owner” Convicted and Fined for Animal Cruelty
Abandoned dog was found chained to mobile home, starving and dehydrated

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IDA Writing Alert: World GO VEGAN Days

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

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Subject: Writing Alert: World GO VEGAN Days

World GO VEGAN Days Oct 27-29

World GO VEGAN Days is an annual event designed to spread information and educate people about the vegan lifestyle, which is a compassionate way of eating and living. Veganism is a healthy choice that shows love and respect for animals, the environment and your own life. As a vehicle to promote veganism each year through outreach events and the media, we hope that World GO VEGAN Days will help make the word “vegan” a household term that is universally recognized as meaning love and compassion for all living beings. World GO VEGAN Days will be observed on October 26, 27, and 28 2007.

“World GO VEGAN Days” is also about celebrating what it means to be vegan. Veganism enables people to live in balance with all of Earth’s creatures and promote freedom for animals from exploitation as part of their everyday lives. Modern animal agriculture is cruel and violent toward the chickens, cows, pigs and other creatures used to make meat, milk and eggs. During World GO VEGAN Days, we encourage people to become conscious of what – and who – they are eating, the effect it has on the world, and that a non-violent alternative exists.

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IDA eNews: 10-17-07

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

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IDA Action Alerts

Send Elephants Tina and Jewel to a Sanctuary
Former circus performers still living in squalid Texas pen

Canadian Cormorants Face Slaughter
Urge wildlife officials not to cull native colonial water bird

Killer Party: Host’s Cat Bludgeoned, then Burned to Death
Urge maximum prosecution under the law for the accused

Campaign News & Updates

Help Air IDA’s “Veganism: The Power of Compassion” Ad on TV
Expose factory farming during World GO VEGAN Days, Oct. 26 – 28

Puerto Rico Animal Control Workers Accused of Throwing Dogs and Cats from Bridge
Take Action to urge officials to identify and prosecute those responsible and initiate animal policy reforms

Halloween Horror: On Humankind’s Monstrous Cruelty to Animals
Harrowing holiday provides unique opportunities for reflection, advocacy, and tasty vegan treats

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IDA eNews: 10-10-07

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

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IDA Action Alerts

What to Do…for World GO VEGAN Days
Start planning veg-friendly activities for October 26-28

Black Bear Hunt on National Wildlife Refuge Doubles Number of Hunters
Take Action to urge cancellation of cruel and unnecessary bear hunt

Chickens Beheaded and Eaten on Episode of “Kid Nation”
Demand that CBS stop killing animals on their “reality TV” shows

Campaign News & Updates

Get Ready for Fur Free Friday 2007
Start making plans now for the year’s biggest anti-fur event

Thousands Enjoy World Veg Festival Weekend in San Francisco
Event co-sponsored by IDA and SFVS featured speakers, entertainment, and tasty food

City of York Bans Sale of Foie Gras
Becomes first in UK to outlaw cruel duck liver “delicacy”

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