Animal Defenders International’s undercover investigations go behind the scenes, exposing the abuses wherever animals are forced to perform, including movies, circuses, advertisements, special events and rides. In fact, many of the companies provide animals across this spectrum of entertainment. For example, in Perris, California, ADI captured on video the trainers and owners of Have Trunk Will Travel violently beating and electric shocking their elephants in training sessions and routine husbandry.
These elephants including Tai and Rosie, the famed movie stars of ‘Water for Elephants’ and ‘Zookeeper’, are also hired out for weddings, elephant rides at county fairs, TV ads, and even forced to travel cross-country to do ridiculous tricks in the circus. You can help ADI shine a spotlight on and end the abuse of animals in entertainment. ADI conducts letter writing and email campaigns to legislators, studios, advertising firms and local newspaper editors, and organizes outreach events when the circus comes to town. Find our current campaigns and how you can help detailed below. Together, we will make a difference!
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ADI’s investigation shows the extreme confinement and environmental deprivation suffered by exotic cats used as props in Dirk Arthur’s “Wild Magic” show at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino.
ADI’s new DVD \"No Fun For Elephants,\" narrated by Bob Barker, part of our national initiative to end elephants rides & displays in the U.S.
Our campaign to end the abuse and deprivation of performing animals used in movies and video.
Help us highlight the suffering of performing animals used in advertising and TV.
Our campaign to end elephant rides and the use of animals in theatre, art and outdoor performances.