Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International

News Briefs Spring/Summer 2012

Posted: 2 July 2012. Updated: 16 March 2013

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Billy, the hippo who lived at Chimfunshi, where Toto and family reside. Billy came to the Siddle family in 1992, when she was only 5 days old, her mother having been killed by poachers.

An Oxford nightclub planning to use a zebra for a May Day event cancelled the booking following opposition from locals and ADI. Read more.

Vision Express is in discussions with ADI over their use of animals in advertising. We hope that they, and other companies, will adopt a policy of never using exotic animals for future ad campaigns.

The US series ‘Luck’, starring Dustin Hoffman, has been cancelled following the deaths of three horses on location at Santa Anita Park racetrack in California. Public outcry over the deaths of the first two horses went largely ignored by the producers. However, following the death of a third horse, they announced production would cease. Some say that poor ratings didn’t help.

In Cameroon, a new virus closely related to HIV has passed from apes to people, reigniting concerns that the bushmeat trade is a major gateway for animal viruses to cross the species barrier and, through the export trade, spread worldwide. AIDS, the worst pandemic of modern times, which has claimed over 30 million lives, is thought to have begun in west central Africa as a result of the bushmeat trade.

A Ten Minute Rule Motion tabled by Sheryll Murray MP calling for the keeping of primates as pets to be prohibited was supported by ADI. It is estimated that 2,500–7,500 primates are kept as pets in the UK. Read more.

Our work on the EU phase out of cosmetics testing on animals continues. ADI and NAVS presented our objections to a suggested relaxation of the marketing deadline for cosmetics, to the European Commission. Allowing the deadline to slide would commercially disadvantage those companies that have already committed to the ban. Maintaining the ban would only affect new products until a non-animal method is developed. MEPs at the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals discussed the matter in May.

North Lanarkshire Council and East Ayrshire Council have banned animal circuses following ADI submissions. Over 200 UK local authorities now have bans in place.

ADI gave several presentations at the Summit for Elephants organised by the Performing Animal Welfare Society at Oakland Zoo, California, together with experts from sanctuaries and field researchers. This year saw an increase in the number of zoos in attendance, confirming a steady shift in attitudes towards captive elephants – and the consensus that circuses are no place for these animals.

The European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM) has produced an online guide to alternatives to animal research, enabling researchers to ascertain whether alternatives to specific animal experiments exist.

The European Commission has yet to commit to an eight-hour journey time for animal transport, despite animals arriving dead and injured at European slaughterhouses.

In January the Government rejected plans for new laboratory beagle breeding units in Yorkshire. The local council had rejected the planning application by B&K Universal in 2011; the NAVS gave evidence. B&K Universal appealed. A review by the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government upheld the Council’s refusal and the application was rejected. Read more.

World Week for Lab Animals: The main focus in the UK and Europe was the implementation of the new EU Directive on animal experiments. Tens of thousands of leaflets were distributed. We also raised awareness in the USA and South America – pictured is our protest in Colombia.

Donald Trump’s sons, Don Jr. and Eric, were pictured on the Hunting Legends website, having killed an elephant, leopard, crocodile, waterbuck, kudu and a buffalo whilst on safari.

We Bought A Zoo, featuring Matt Damon, met with objections from ADI and the Ape Alliance (of which we are a member) about the use of wild animals in the movie.

On recent reports of the world’s first ‘chimeric’ monkeys at the Oregon Health & Science University’s Oregon National Primate Research Center (pictured), ADI US Campaigns Director, Matt Rossell who spent two-years undercover at the facility, “What I saw there changed me forever and I came to recognise the social, intelligent monkeys at the facility as individuals, and that they were being treated like little more than furry test tubes.” Read more.

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