Toto the chimpanzee, who was saved by ADI from a circus in Chile and sadly recently passed away, was the inspiration behind International Primate Day and our Stop Circus Suffering Latin America campaign, which has led to animal circus bans in 7 countries and the rescue of dozens of animals.
Smith the lion, Kiara’s two cubs and Pepe the monkey were taken from Circo Monaco and are on their way to our Spirit of Freedom rescue centre. ADI is providing all funding, trucks, cages, crates, veterinary, food and care to rescue animals. We urgently need more funds.
After almost two weeks of being separated from their mom, when the circus in Cuzco, Peru, tore the family apart, the cubs arrived at the ADI Spirit of Freedom rescue center. Mother Kiara went bolt upright as the ADI truck rolled in, the youngsters squeezing under the cage door as soon as it was lifted.
Leading wildlife vet Simon Adams and UNEP conservation ambassador Stanley Johnson have spoken out against the “degrading and incredibly damaging” use of wild animals in British circuses, following the release of footage by ADI showing big cats at Peter Jolly’s Circus.
Animal Defenders International (ADI) has released film of elephants used for children’s rides fighting as workers try to control them with bullhooks, metal bars and stun guns.
The previously unreleased footage shows circus workers frantically trying to control the elephants as they run amok inside the UCCU Events Center at UVU Orem, Utah. Trainer Habib Omar and another elephant groom lash out at the elephants with bullhooks as they desperately try to contain them. Isa the elephant initially ignores the groom’s blows and charges into another elephant, believed to be called Bunny, easily driving the other elephant, weighing more than two tons, backwards.
This latest video adds to the growing body of evidence on the danger of these cruel and outdated shows, where large and potentially dangerous animals are kept in collapsible, mobile and temporary facilities, in close proximity to the public.
ADI secured the Bolivia animal circus ban, then closed down every animal circus and saved every animal - 29 lions, monkeys, horses, a baboon, a coati mundi. Find out more about our rescues and the animals in our care
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