Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International

News Briefs Autumn/Winter 2011

Posted: 2 February 2012. Updated: 16 March 2013


Thank you Wendy! TV presenter, author and long-time ADI supporter, Wendy Turner Webster, showed her support for ADI’s work by giving a series of talks on a Fred Olsen Mediterranean cruise.
Armed with ADI leaflets, Wendy made a presentation to an appreciative audience, speaking on our campaigns for animals and our dramatic rescues. We are extremely grateful for Wendy’s support, and are also glad to learn that ‘us veggies’ are very well catered for on Fred Olsen cruises. Picture courtesy W. Turner Webster
Read more about ADI’s high profile supporters.

A novel adenovirus has been shown to jump from animals to humans — and then to infect other humans. The team that discovered it found that the first human to be infected was the researcher in closest contact with the Titi monkeys that suffered an outbreak.

A man was gored to death at a Spanish fiesta after taunting a bull with a pink umbrella. The bull attacked the man shortly after its release into a narrow street.

The total population of California condors, a species once nearly extinct, was expected to reach 400 by summer 2011, the highest on record since the 1920s. This is due in part to captive breeding in zoos. Many have been reintroduced to the wild, making the wild population approximately 180.

American researchers used monkeys to show that eating a high fat diet during pregnancy increases the risk of stillbirth. Twenty-four pregnant Japanese macaques were fed a diet comprised of either 32% or 14% of calories from fat, over a period of at least four years.


Sarah, a sick 54-year old elephant at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus collapsed while attempting to climb the ramp up to the train after the last performance in Anaheim, California. ADI has filed a complaint with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) demanding an investigation of the incident in August, supported by several witness statements. The complaint seeks the seizure and retirement of Sarah from the circus. Picture courtesy A. Sanghvi
Read more about ADI’s action after Sarah’s fall.

More than a year after the catastrophic BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, studies show that the mortality rate for dolphins, narwhals, whales and turtles are still about 50% higher than normal, as evidenced by the bodies of animals found on shore.

A restaurant in Los Angeles painted a donkey pink as a publicity stunt to increase business for Cinco de Mayo; instead of improving business, protesters organised a boycott.

Rhinos have a new saviour in a treatment for their horns that is harmless to them, but affects anyone that consumes it. The treatment is a mixture of drugs normally used to kill parasites living on the surface of the host, and has been developed by the Rhino and Lion Reserve in Kromdraai, north-west of Johannesburg. It is not lethal to humans, but causes unpleasant symptoms. Added to the mixture is a neon pink indelible dye that shows up on X-ray scanners at airports.


ADI USA attended the 2011 Worldfest Earth Day Festival in California in May. Worldfest is a 100% vegan and solar powered event filled with education and entertainment and exhibits from over 100 environmental, humanitarian and animal welfare non-profit groups. It was a very successful day.

Evidence has been uncovered of plans to “farm” imported white rhinos commercially in China for their horns to be used in medicine. Reporters found detailed business plans to sell and market rhino horn products, including pills, to make 60 million dollars profit annually.

“Knut” a 4 year old polar bear has died at Berlin Zoo. Knut was a major attraction; in 2007, the zoo even registered his name as a trademark.

University of Kent research has shown that serious behavioural abnormalities are endemic among captive chimpanzees. These include self-mutilation, repetitive rocking, eating of faeces and drinking of urine. It stated that “abnormal behaviour is endemic in this population despite enrichment efforts.” All 40 animals studied showed some abnormal behaviour.

The Nagoya Aquarium, Japan announced that a Pacific white-sided dolphin died after landing outside its pool while rehearsing a jump routine.

ADI applauds Allerdale Council, in Cumbria, for voting to ban circuses with wild animals from performing on council land. The motion, tabled by Moorclose Councillor Denis Robertson, was approved unanimously in April and follows our recent exposés. Prior to the debate, ADI sent Allerdale Councillors a copy of our report ‘Animals in Travelling Circuses: The Science on Suffering’ and our video of supporting evidence.
Read more about Allerdale Council’s vote to ban circuses with wild animals performing on council land.

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