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  • March 5, 2015: Hollywood celebrities partner with PAWS in support of California AB 96. Read their letter here.
  • January 29, 2015: PAWS collaborates with 36 elephant experts, conservationists and animal care, policy and welfare professionals from around the world to send a letter to the Zimbabwe Ambassador to the United States, Ammon Mutembwa, condemning the export of more than 60 wild-caught elephant calves and other wildlife rounded up in Hwange National Park. Read the letter here. Click here to read Ambassador Mutembwa's response, which includes a letter and a disturbing position statement on the sale of live animals.



  • December 14, 2014: PAWS collaborates with some of the world's leading elephant experts, conservationists and animal care, policy and welfare professionals in sending a letter to the government of Zimbabwe opposing the export of more than 30 wild-caught elephant calves and other wildlife rounded up in Hwange National Park. Read the letter here.
  • November 8, 2014: PAWS was proud to present the first Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, Amanda Gorman, who drew a standing ovation at our 30th Anniversary Gala on November 8, 2014, for her poem specially penned for the event, “Things We Will Never See.” Read Amanda's poetry here.
  • June 11, 2014: Attention Southern California residents - please attend City Council meeting to defend prohibition on exotic animal exhibitions.
  • May 14, 2014: Speakers announced for PAWS 2014 International Captive Wildlife Conference, Nov. 8-10, Burbank, Calif.
  • May 2014: Sponsorship opportunities now available for PAWS' 30th Anniversary Gala Celebration Nov. 8, and PAWS' 2014 International Captive Wildlife Conference, Nov. 8-10, Burbank, Calif.
  • April 9, 2014: LA children's fair to feature elephant rides. Please voice your opposition.
  • April 4, 2014: Please take action on bill to ban orcas in California.
  • March 28, 2014: Victory — no elephant rides at this year's San Diego County Fair!
  • March 24, 2014: Shrine Circus in LA stops use of animals for first time in 88 years.



  • African elephant Lulu is voted this year's Ms. TUSKany. View photos from PAWS' annual Elephant Grape Stomp, An Afternoon In TUSKany, here.
  • Ed Stewarts writes letter to Niabi Zoo director regarding elephants Sophie and Babe. Read here.
  • PAWS files ethics complaint with AZA against Have Trunk Will Travel. View letter here.
  • PAWS' Catherine Doyle pens letter to the editor of the Union newspaper regarding elephant rides at the 2013 Nevada County Fair.



  • On behalf of everyone at the Performing Animal Welfare Society, I extend our deepest sympathy to the staff of the Franklin Zoo, the community, and friends and family on the tragic loss of Dr. Helen Schofield. Elephants are magnificent and complex animals, so one can only speculate as to the emotional state of Mila at the time of this terrible accident.  However, Dr. Schofield’s commitment to the care and well-being of Mila was clearly evident in her work with her and was indeed inspirational. Helen Schofield will be remembered with the highest regard by elephant care-giver professionals around the world.Pat Derby

  • "War Elephants" premiers April 22nd on National Geographic Wild. Check your local provider for times. "In Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, elephants are in crisis: Years of civil war and ivory poaching have left them frightened and hostile toward humans. In a new National Geographic Television film, the world’s foremost elephant researcher Dr. Joyce Poole, in a documentary by her brother, cameraman Bob Poole, works to build trust and retrain the animals away from their violent behavior."
  • PAWS featured on Exploratorium Museum's Explo.TV. View video Big Love here.

















Pat Derby talks about the latest captive wildlife news at PAWS.





Seattle Times, Special Report


The Dark Side of Elephant Captivity

By Michael J. Berens

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter

Part 1: Elephants are dying out in America's zoos

Part 2: Elephant havens face zoo-industry backlash

The Seattle Times reports it confronted a significant hurdle in examining elephant deaths in U.S. zoos — The industry doesn't comprehensively track elephant births and deaths. Read more. . .


From CBC Television

(Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)



Bob McKeown reports on the controversy over what to do with older elephants when they are ready to retire.

Part 1   Part 2   Part 3  Part 4


Huffington Post LIVE


LA is considering banning elephants in traveling circuses to prevent animal cruelty. This program asked the question: "Is it time to stop using pachyderms in the name of entertainment?" Catherine Doyle, PAWS Director of Science, Research and Advocacy, was a panel member. View the online discussion.





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