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In Defense of Animals

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Founded in 1983 by veterinarian Dr. Elliot M. Katz, IDA is a national, nonprofit organization with a distinguished record for its dedication to ending the exploitation and abuse of animals by defending their rights, welfare and habitat. IDA has fought tirelessly to elevate the status of animals beyond that of mere property and to educate the public that animals are individuals with needs and interests of their own, not mere commodities to be bought, sold, and discarded at an “owner’s” whim. IDA operates the Project Hope sanctuary in rural Mississippi as well as the Chimpanzee Rescue Sanctuary of Cameroon in Africa.  Committed to educating the public, working with grassroots groups and initiating litigation, research and investigations, IDA is on the cutting edge of animal protection.  Now, more than ever, IDA is a force for desperately needed change.

Programs: IDA's programs include campaigns to stop animal testing in both medical and product testing; a campaign to end the use of fur in fashion; a campaign to stop the use of animals in circuses; and miscellaneous programs focusing on the use of animals for food, clothing and entertainment. We sponsor national Fur Free Friday activities, the Primate Freedom Tour, and World Week for Animals in Labs Day.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

IDA is a leader when it comes to helping the voiceless, whether it be for bobcats, wolves, bears, or fur trade or any animals without a voice. I am proud to be a part of the volunteer effort for IDA! The name goes together with the goal....they defend the voiceless from harm and in many different ways! The provide literature and media support and even write speeches to be given at CA Legislature! I am so thrilled that they help in rescue in times of crisis. They do outreach education and reach thousands of animal protectors!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an avid animal rights advocate and rely on other organizations for prompt and important news regarding all these issues. IDA is always updating pertinent topics and they are a caring and selfless organization. ... "They simply do the right thing"

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In Defense of Animals promotes respect for the fellow inhabitants of our planet in many ways, from promoting "Guardianship" instead of "Ownership" of other beings, to actual rescue of animals in need. There is no other organization helping animals like it and I give it my full support, in donations of time and money.