ADI began fighting for South American circus animal rights in 2007. During that time, animal activists went undercover to reveal the shocking truth behind the lives of performing animals. The group’s co-founder, Tim Phillips, explained what they had found to ABC’s Nightline.
“There’s a routine and casual violence towards animals in circuses to keep them subjugated,” Phillips said. “To keep them in their place. These animals are chained; they’re kept in tiny, deplorable conditions. Their teeth are snapped off, claws cut off.”
Following the circus industry’s exposure, ADI’s investigations bore fruit. Its efforts resulted in a government investigation of the issue over the two years that followed. The consequence was a new law prohibiting the use of circus animals.