Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International

ADI Reports on Latest Animal Politics

Posted: 16 September 2005

Animal Defenders International (ADI), the international animal campaigning group, launches its report, Political Animals, for the Political Party Conference season to highlight current animal protection issues and campaigns:

  • REACH – ADI is encouraging its supporters to send e-cards from the ADI website to their MEPs to protest against EU proposals for additional unnecessary experiments on millions of animals. ADI is also setting out an alternative strategy to use advanced scientific and technological techniques in the place of animal experiments – found by scientific studies to be misleading.
  • Animal Welfare Bill – ADI has been campaigning for over 10 years to end the use of animals in circuses. MORI and NOP opinion polls conducted by ADI indicate overwhelming public support for a ban on animals travelling with circuses.
  • Dangerous Wild Animals Act – ADI’s new initiative, ‘My Mate’s a Primate’, recently launched by Alexei Sayle, focused on four major threats to primates – the pet trade, their use in entertainment (TV, advertising, films and live shows) and in laboratory experiments and as bushmeat.
  • Kinshasa GRASP declaration – ADI attended the Kinshasa UNEP/ UNESCO Conference to save the great apes and applauded the UK government for signing the declaration, as the largest single contributor to GRASP. ADI reported that 209 rangers had died over the past 10 years protecting the animals from poachers.

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Animal Defenders International (ADI)
With offices in London and San Francisco, Animal Defenders International (ADI) is a major international campaigning group, lobbying to protect animals on issues such as animals in entertainment and their use in experiments; worldwide traffic in endangered species; vegetarianism; factory farming; pollution and conservation. ADI involves itself in international animal rescues as well as educational work on animals, conservation and environment. In just over a decade, ADI has become a major force for animal protection and has succeeded through its undercover investigations in securing legal protection for animals. ADI’s evidence of the torment to animals has led to campaigns and legislative action all over the world to protect them.

NAVS (National Anti-Vivisection Society)
Millions of animals suffer and die in cruel, unscientific, and futile experiments. NAVS (National Anti-Vivisection Society) aims to raise awareness and objections to the iniquity of experiments and processes causing suffering or distress to living creatures and to obtain legislation totally prohibiting all such experiments, and the breeding and supply of animals for such purposes. NAVS campaigns through public education, political lobbying, and publicity campaigns. Its technical reports reveal the errors of the animal-based method of research; its educational literature, books, films, and publicity campaigns draw attention to the plight of laboratory animals; its undercover investigators work in laboratories to obtain first-hand evidence of animal suffering and poor scientific practise. In addition NAVS funds non-animal scientific and medical research.

Through its own scientific research, NAVS has shown that due to the physiological, structural, and psychological differences between species, animal experiments are unreliable, unethical, and unnecessary. Indeed, animal experiments can actually harm people, because of the misleading results which may be later applied to the human situation. NAVS is fundamentally opposed to violence to humans or to other animals. Founded in 1875, we are the world’s premier anti-vivisection group.

The Lord Dowding Fund for Humane Research (LDF)
The Lord Dowding Fund for Humane Research (LDF) supports, sponsors, and funds better methods of scientific and medical research for testing products and curing disease, which replace the use of animals. In addition, the LDF fund areas of non-animal fundamental research which lead to the adoption of non-animal research methodology.

Founded in 1973, the Fund has awarded grants totalling £3/4 million to researchers working in a wide range of fields including microsurgery, toxicity testing of dental fillings, breast and lung cancer, product safety testing, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, cot death, cataracts, kidney research, cell culture, computer-aided drug design, biotechnology, brain damage, computer teaching packages which replace the use of animals in education of students at school and university level.

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