Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International

Briefs - Winter 2012-13

Posted: 7 March 2013. Updated: 21 October 2013


Thanks to everyone who protested when the circus came to town in 2012. Throughout the year ADI supplied leaflets and posters to campaigners all over the country. Please call (323) 935 2234 or email and we’ll get campaign resources to you.

In Bernalillo County New Mexico, advocates lost an effort to preserve a historic local animal ordinance now modified to add an exemption for research labs. This leaves inadequate federal laws as the only safeguard from cruelty at nearby Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute.

November 23rd was Fur Free Friday to raise awareness about the tens of millions of animals still killed for fur. We marched peacefully down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, to educate shoppers and speak up for fur bearing animals. Beautiful bobcats, mink, foxes, rabbits and chinchillas are cruelly trapped or raised in filthy, tiny cages on fur farms. See ADI’s fur farming investigation


Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) in the U.K. has announced it will make 6% of its workforce redundant – nearly 100 people – mainly at their Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, laboratory.
See our undercover investigation of HLS

Green Hill beagle breeders, one of Europe’s largest suppliers of dogs for experiments, may close after an Italian court ordered a temporary shutdown following allegations of mistreatment of the dogs. Animal groups were given responsibility for the care of the 2,500 beagles.

Costa Rica has banned sport hunting, following a 177,000-signature public petition. Costa Rica was one of the first countries to ban wild animals in circuses.

A bill prohibiting the sale of fur in Israel, with exemptions for religious purposes and scientific study, has been reintroduced. ADI’s Furstop report and DVD were produced in Hebrew for the campaign.


Bullfighting movie protest: ADI united with partners CAS International, La Tortura no es Cultura and PiepVandaag to protest an Oscar campaign for the Spanish movie ‘Blancanieves’. Several bulls were tortured then killed for the movie. The film was not nominated for an Oscar, but has been for the Goya Awards. Read more...

ADI and a coalition of groups are campaigning to persuade Fortnum & Mason to stop selling foie gras (production is illegal in the UK). Ducks and geese are force-fed huge amounts of grain, causing their livers to swell up to 10 times their normal size. Read more...

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