IDA International (In Defense of Animals), is an animal advocacy (rights and rescue) organization that works day in and day out to “protect the rights, welfare and habitats of animals”. Using every resource available, this organization dedicates all of it’s time to educating the public, rescuing and offering sanctuary to any animal in need, and fighting for the birthrights animals. Statements including “the rights of animals are birthrights, similar to those we claim for ourselves—the right to live our lives free of subjugation and institutionalized violence, where the random and special joys of being alive can be experienced” and “…we need to treat others as we want to be treated not only for their sake, but also because our own good is interwoven with the good of others, including other species. Animal Rights and Human Rights are linked at their core…” can be found touching the hearts of thousands on the front page of their website (About IDA). They are also largely involved in both exposing and putting an end to animal experimentation, and protecting wildlife species in captivity as well as in the wild. Cruelty investigations to rescue operations, they’ve done it all.
IDA International was founded in 1983 by Dr. Elliot Katz DVM, who began his career as a Veterinarian until he was contacted by an animal-advocacy organization in need of his help. There had been reports of severe animal abuse and maltreatment at an animal laboratory on the UC Berkeley campus. Disgusted and taken aback by the conditions he encountered, Dr. Katz was no less than determined to right these wrongs against animals. With little funding and large hearts IDA was birthed; a small group of concerned citizens with pure intentions of bringing legal action upon the USDA and the University. However, after their first success in the enrichment of the lives of the campus lab animals, this organization had to grow. “In Defense of Animals has since expanded its mission and grown to be one of the nation’s foremost animal advocacy organizations, dedicated to ending abuse of animals…” (Elliot Katz).
“ABOUT IDA – In Defense of Animals.” In Defense of Animals. IDA International, n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2015. <http://www.idausa.org/about-ida/>.
“Elliot Katz, DVM – In Defense of Animals.” In Defense of Animals. IDA International, n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2015. <http://www.idausa.org/about-ida/staff/elliot-katz/>.