After an early career in politics as deputy press secretary for the Lt. Governor of New York and New Hampshire Press Secretary for Gary Hart’s 1988 presidential campaign, Suzanne Roy joined the animal advocacy movement. For the past 19 years, she has worked to help animals, first as the Communications Director for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and then as Program Director for In Defense of Animals (IDA) since 1991. She has led successful campaigns to end military experiments on dogs and cats and monkey crack-smoking experiments at New York University. Suzanne also collaborated on the ten-year effort that forced closure of the world’s largest chimpanzee testing laboratory, The Coulston Foundation. For the past five years, Suzanne has worked as part of IDA’s elephant team, which focuses primarily on the plight of elephants in zoos. Since IDA began its captive elephant welfare program, twelve zoos have closed or plan to phase out their elephant exhibits and seven elephants have been sent from zoos to sanctuaries.
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