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Temporary reprieve for Florida bears

27 June 2016

Common sense prevailed, at least for now, as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted 4-3 to pause the state bear hunt one year to finalize scientific inquiry and evaluate newly...

Celebrities sound the horn to save wildlife from hunt

13 July 2015

A host of prominent individuals have rallied to appeal for the hunting ban to remain intact, joining Animal Defenders International (ADI) in an urgent plea to MPs. Marc Abraham, Colin Baker, Peter...

Campaign to keep the hunting ban

9 July 2015

The Hunting Act prohibits hunts across England and Wales from using a pack of dogs to flush out and chase a wild animal across the countryside to the point of exhaustion and ultimately to their death....

Chief Vet admits badger cull may fail

5 February 2015

A senior Government official admitted in December 2014 that the policy of culling badgers to tackle bovine TB may not reduce the prevalence of the disease as planned. Responding to figures published...

Environmental scorecard shows Government must do better

18 September 2014

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has published a report into the progress made by the Government, since the 2010 General Election, on a range of environmental issues. The report titled...

Natural England give next round of badger culls the go-ahead

9 September 2014

On 27 August 2014, Natural England announced that it had given the go-ahead for a second round of badger culls, despite last year’s trial culls being branded an ‘epic failure’ by the chairman of its scientific...

The beginning of the end for the badger cull?

27 June 2014

ADI is delighted to hear that Government-backed badger vaccination programmes are to be rolled out in England. The move follows the abandonment of a national rollout of the cull in April after independent...

Figures used to make case for badger cull wrong

18 February 2014

Blaming an ‘IT glitch’ the UK government has admitted that the figures it used to make its case for pressing ahead with the unpopular and unscientific badger cull were wrong. Despite stating that bovine...

Parliamentary debate on the future of the badger cull

19 December 2013

Secured by Labour MP Chris Williamson, a parliamentary debate was held on 11 December 2013 to discuss ‘The Future of the Badger Cull’. In a sometimes passionate and heated exchange, MPs spoke both against...

ADI supports Bill to grant primates sanctuary in the US

13 December 2013

ADI is supporting the US bill “H.R. 3556: Humane Care for Primates Act of 2013 which, if passed, will allow primates to be imported into the US so that they can be rehomed in sanctuaries. The Bill...

Irresponsible: Paris Hilton Promotes Wild Animal Pets

13 December 2013

During a trip to Dubai last week Paris Hilton was proud to pose with baby wild animals kept as pets by a friend, including an orangutan dressed in human clothes, a white lion cub, cheetah, and ligers which...

Government ineptitude over badger cull in Britain laid bare

18 October 2013

The ineptitude of government plans for dealing with bovine TB – namely to undertake an ill thought out, unscientific and unpopular cull of the badger population – is being laid bare, resulting in growing...

Cull numbers revised as “badgers moved the goalposts”

10 October 2013

The first of the two pilot badger culls, in West Somerset, has just concluded and it has been reported that 850 badgers have been shot during the course of the six-week trial, representing little more...

House of Commons Library note on badger culling

29 August 2013

On 27 August 2013, the House of Commons Library issued the following note on badger culling: The previous Government decided in 2008 not to introduce a badger cull as part of bovine TB control measures...

ADI exposes hidden UK trade in fox cubs as wildlife photographer sought to buy fox cub

26 July 2013

In a disturbing turn of events, ADI has exposed the truth behind last Friday’s feel-good story of the ‘fox and hound’ and uncovered a hidden trade in fox cubs in the UK. The tale of how Rosie the fox...

Bovine TB and badger culling in Britain

20 June 2013

Besides cattle, bovine TB can affect a range of species including badgers, and the disease can be transmitted between the two species. The Government says that it is carrying out the cull as “part of a...

Fox cull scrapped in Walton-on-Thames!

15 March 2013

ADI are delighted that a proposed cull of foxes in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, has been called off by the council. In March 2013, ADI learned that a number of foxes were to be culled by Elmbridge Borough...

Urban Foxes

12 February 2013

The reports in the media of the tragic, but extremely rare, incident of a town fox getting upstairs into a house and apparently attacking a baby has resulted in the usual media hysteria, with little fact...

Final day in High Court: Banned ad that launched a High Court case online today

26 July 2006

Advertising industry may change forever The controversial TV advertisement by Animal Defenders International (ADI), which uses a young actress to highlight the plight of performing primates in advertising,...

International Primate Day: 1 September

17 July 2006

International Primate Day, 1 September, will herald a new drive for an end to the use of primates in research. This is especially important with the prospect that the European Union’s regulations on animal...

Advert legal action

23 January 2006

Ban on primate advert leads to legal action For the My Mate’s a Primate campaign, we produced a TV advert in which a young actress highlighted the suffering of chimpanzees in advertising. The advert...

Talking to and for animals

6 January 2006

Professor Roger and Deborah Fouts interviewed In June, Roger and Deborah Fouts, Directors of the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute (CHCI) at Central Washington University, Joined us for the...

International Primate Day

5 January 2006

Over 25 years ago, the NAVS founded Lab Animal Day, also known as World Day for Laboratory Animals. Now the day is recognised by the United Nations and used by anti-vivisection campaigners on every continent....

Ban primate pet trade

5 January 2006

The trade in rare and exotic animals is a huge global business, valued at $12 billion a year. Europe is one of the world’s largest markets for wildlife and wildlife products. Smuggling wildlife, including...

Political animals

5 January 2006

The new year should see significant political activity in terms of animal protection – with a considerable number of animals affected. REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) will...

My Mate's a Primate campaign launched

5 January 2006

On June 2nd our My Mate’s a Primate campaign was launched with a special screening of our new film at London’s Natural History Museum. The press conference was attended by comedian Alexei Sayle, actress...

My Mate's a Primate

5 January 2006

Humans are encroaching on more and more of the planet. We consume it, we wage war, we pollute, and we destroy. It is time to realise we are not alone....... We just behave like we are. Almost all...

Save Amboseli

4 November 2005

By a decree signed by the Minister of Wildlife and Tourism on September 29, the status of Kenya’s Amboseli National Park was revoked and it was downgraded to a National Reserve. This reserve will be run...

Asian bird flu and the human pandemic

4 November 2005

In response to the recent bird flu outbreak, ADI is emphasising the necessity of using appropriate and humane methods to kill infected and in-contact birds. Methods used should result in immediate death...

International Primate Day – 1 September 2005

17 August 2005

ADI is looking for your support for International Primate Day on 1st September. If you or your group are giving out leaflets in your area, please hand out our primate campaign postcards and leaflets....

Celebrity TV Chef, James Martin, calls for primates to be taken off the menu

4 July 2005

In support of ‘My Mate’s a Primate’, the campaign to protect and save primates from extinction from Animal Defenders International (ADI), TV chef James Martin has called for an end to serving and eating...

My Mate's a Primate: Take action

2 June 2005

Spread the word; Order one of our My Mate’s a Primate Action Packs for a friend. Order more copies of our free leaflets, and pass them around to friends and family. Recruit a new supporter for the...

How YOU can help save the world

2 June 2005

The impact of human activity on our planet is one of the greatest threats facing animals, the habitats in which they live and the wider environment. Simple lifestyle choices can however make a big difference...

My Mate's a Primate - new report

2 June 2005

Animal Defenders International (ADI) highlights the crisis facing the other primates with whom we share our planet. This report examines the relationship between our species and our relatives in the animal...

My Mate's a Primate: Celebrities lend their support

2 June 2005

"I abhor all cruelty to animals but ill-treatment of primates fills me with a special horror. They are so obviously related to us that we can be in no doubt that they can know fear, pain and suffering." Alexei...

ADI steps in for ‘Bad Bull’

ADI responded with an immediate pledge of US$2,000 when we received an emergency call from our colleagues at the Amboseli Elephant Research Project (AERP) in Kenya. Bad Bull, a magnificent 60 year-old...

Elephant Dealer Guilty

In April, the Tuli Elephants court case ended with animal dealer Riccardo Ghiazza and his company, African Game Services (AGS), convicted under the Animals Protection Act (APA). Wayne Stockigt, a former...

Shark Finning

The EU has failed to halt the practice of cutting the fins from live sharks. Ben Bradshaw at DEFRA (Department of Food and Rural Affairs) said, "I cannot imagine a more barbaric practice than cutting...

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