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Animal Defenders International

Farewell to a dear friend: Pat Derby

Posted: 18 December 2013. Updated: 7 January 2014

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Pat Derby, co-founder with Ed Stewart of the wonderful PAWS and the ARK2000 sanctuary in California, passed away peacefully on February 15 after a two year battle with cancer. A kindred spirit and pioneer in the campaign against the use of animals in entertainment, Pat was both a friend and colleague. ADIís Jan Creamer and Tim Phillips were with Pat in January and she continued to discuss excitedly, the next important developments in the campaigns. Tim and Jan were honored to speak at her memorial service in Sacramento paying tribute to Patís legacy alongside Kim Basinger, Bob Barker and many others. We first joined forces with Pat and Ed for a press conference in the US in 1998 when we launched ADIís first long-term circus undercover investigation, ĎThe Ugliest Show on Earthí, and so began a relationship that continues to this day.

The animals have lost a great champion and our hearts go out to Ed and all at PAWS.

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