POSTED: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 11:07am
UPDATED: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 11:14am
LOS ANGELES, CA — Animal Defenders International (ADI), a world-leading animal rights organization, has named their top ten animal rights success stories for 2013.
The list includes campaign efforts launched all around the world.
“In 2013 we have secured laws to protect animals, spared animals from laboratories and circuses, and opened people’s eyes and hearts to animals exploited for entertainment and research around the world,” said ADI President, Jan Creamer.
ADI’s Top Ten Successes in 2013:
1. Colombia bans wild animals in circuses. In June, Colombia followed countries like Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and Paraguay with a ban on using wild animals in circuses.
2. Europe bans cosmetics tests on animals. After campaigning for more than 30 years, ADI and its partners saw the European Union introduce the final stage of its cosmetics ban, which prohibits the marketing and sale of new animal-tested products.
3. ADI invited to rescue Peru’s circus animals. After Peru established a ban on circus animals, its government asked ADI to return and rescue the animals from their substandard conditions.
4. Circus ban in El Salvador. El Salvador was one of the latest Latin American countries to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.
5. “No Fun for Elephants” victories. Bob Barker aided in this campaign to end the elephant rides at various fairs offered by Have Trunk Will Travel (HTWT) and Trunks & Humps.
6. Lion Ark lifts off! In October, ADI’s feature length film documenting the rescue of 25 lions from Bolivian circuses hit the film festival circuit, winning awards and critical acclaim. The film will be released in 2014!
7. 1000s of owl monkeys saved from experiments. In December, authorities released a formal announcement that capturing owl monkeys in the Amazon would no longer be permitted.
8. British circus ban moves forward. A full ban on using wild animals in British circuses has been set to go before Parliament.
9. Baby elephant Lily saved from a life of misery. An ADI investigation uncovered that HTWT had a claim on a newborn elephant named Lily at the Oregon Zoo. As a result, the zoo purchased Lily and her father, who was owned by HTWT, and “tore up the agreement.”
10. Plans for beagle farm defeated. Plans for a laboratory beagle factory farm in the UK were denied a second time!
Creamer also added a special request to this year-end report: “We now urgently need to rescue animals from desperate conditions in Peruvian circuses, so please join our team to make the world a better place for those animals and many more by becoming a member today.”
For more on ADI, visit their website .