National Anti-vivisection Society


National Antivisection Society


. Updated: 11 June 2013

The NAVS Group
The NAVS group is comprised of four NGOs (non-governmental organisations) working to end the suffering of animals: the National Anti-Vivisection Society; Animal Defenders International; the Lord Dowding Fund for Humane Research; and the Animal+World Show.

In addition, the groups are involved in various coalitions, as members or organisers -

  • the NAVS organises the Responsible Science Network (RSN);
  • the Lord Dowding Fund is a member of Focus on Alternatives;
  • Animal Defenders International organises the International Network for the Protection of Performing Animals (INPPA);
  • Animal Defenders International is also a member of the Species Survival Network (SSN)

The National Anti-Vivisection Society

NAVS Mission Statement:

Millions of animals suffer and die in cruel, unscientific, and futile experiments. Our objectives are to awaken the conscience of humanity in all parts of the world to the iniquity of experiments or processes causing suffering or distress to living creatures and to obtain legislation totally prohibiting all such experiments, and the breeding and supply of animals for such purposes. Pending the achievement of this aim, we may support partial measures which would provide steps towards abolition of vivisection.

Founded in 1875, the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) is the world’s first and leading anti-vivisection group, campaigning tirelessly since its inception to expose the cruelty and futility of animal experiments all over the world.

We organise and fund educational films; undercover investigations of laboratories; detailed scientific reports for MPs, MEPs and the public. We also provide educational materials free to schools. Our photographs and video footage from inside laboratories are used throughout the world.

Our campaigns have put an end to the requirement for A-level students to dissect animals in schools; enabled university students to refuse to use animals in their studies, and provided them with alternatives; helped to persuade governments and drug companies to abandon cruel safety tests such as LD50, cosmetics testing, and persuaded more and more companies to drop animal testing of their products.

Against a wall of secrecy and vested interests, we are succeeding in our campaigns against the needless suffering of laboratory animals; with your help we will win.

Animal Defenders International

ADI Mission Statement:

To educate, create awareness, and promote the interest of humanity in the cause of justice, and the suppression of all forms of cruelty to animals; wherever possible, to alleviate suffering, and to conserve and protect animals and their environment.

Founded in 1990 as the animal welfare, conservation, and youth wing of the NAVS, the Animal Defenders International (ADI) has now grown into a major international campaigning group in its own right, lobbying on issues such as animals in circuses; worldwide traffic in endangered species; vegetarian/vegan diet; factory farming; pollution. ADI is now an adult as well as youth group, and involves itself in international animal rescues as well as educational work on animals, conservation and environment.

Our Field Officers work undercover to obtain evidence, film, and photographs for presentation to parliament and media. In 1999, evidence of cruelty collected by the ADI led to the cruelty convictions of Mary Chipperfield, her husband Roger Cawley and their elephant keeper Steve Gills.

ADI has rescued animals all over the world in often the most dramatic circumstances. Our rescues have included saving Toto a chimpanzee from a circus in Chile and taking home to Africa; closing a circus that was a front for animal trafficking in Mozambique and saving all the animals (three tigers, six lions, three horses, a python and five dogs); saving dogs, monkeys, rats, mice and chickens from laboratories in the UK, Sweden and Chile; saving monkeys from the illegal pet trade in Colombia and returning them to the wild; saving lions and tigers from a circus in Portugal; and securing freedom for animals through our investigations and prosecutions including Anne the elephant from Bobby Roberts Circus and Trudy the chimpanzee from Mary Chipperfield Promotions.

Most dramatic of all after ADI secured the ban on animal circuses in Bolivia, ADI returned to track down every circus defying the law and save every animal. In a stunning operation eight animal circuses were closed with ADI saving horses, monkeys, a deer, a coati, and 29 lions. The 29 lions were flown to ADI funded sanctuary facilities in the USA where we continue to fund their care. The historic rescue is the subject of the feature length documentary Lion Ark.

Our reports and videos have been used as far afield as Singapore and Colombia to secure animal protection measures. We provide resources to schools to enable children to examine animal and environmental issues. Our children’s materials feature cartoon rabbit AD.

Animal Defenders International supporters include Sir Paul McCartney, Kim Basinger, Belinda Carlisle, Wendy Turner Webster, Michaela Strachan, Benjamin Zephaniah, Jenny Seagrove, Mark Radcliffe, Brian Blessed and Twiggy.

The Lord Dowding Fund for Humane Research

Lord Dowding Fund Mission Statement:

The objectives of the Lord Dowding Fund for Humane Research are to support, sponsor, and fund better methods of scientific and medical research for testing products and curing disease, which replace the use of animals. To fund areas of non-animal fundamental research which lead to the adoption of non-animal research methodology.

To work to fund, promote, and assist medical, surgical, and scientific research, learning, and educational training and processes for the purpose of replacing animals and living creatures in education and training for medical and scientific research. To promote and assist any research for the purpose of showing that work on animals is harmful or unnecessary to humanity.

Founded in 1973, the name of the Fund is in honour of the Battle of Britain’s Air Chief Marshal the Lord Dowding, a President of the National Anti-Vivisection Society. To date, the Fund has awarded grants approaching £2 million to researchers working on a wide range of fields including microsurgery, toxicity testing of dental fillings, breast and lung cancer, product safety testing, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, cot deaths, cataracts, kidney research, cell culture, computer-aided drug design, biotechnology, brain damage, computer teaching packages which replace the use of animals in education of students at school and university level.

Animal+World Show

An environmental and animal awareness show with numerous exhibitors, staged every 2-3 years. The last Show was held in London, and was a non-stop three day event with something for everyone - from a film festival to an internet café - from fashion and cookery to ethical banking; all under the same roof, with leading speakers from the world of politics, industry, animal and environmental campaigns.


International Network for the Protection of Performing Animals

The International Network for the Protection of Performing Animals was initiated in 2001 by the Animal Defenders International. The focus of the alliance is the use of animals in all forms of entertainment - films, television, advertising, theatre, and of course in circus.

Membership of the coalition is open to organisations rather than individuals, since it is envisaged as a co-ordinating body, drawing together opposition to the abuse of animals in entertainment, sharing information and materials, pulling together to save animals.

Responsible Science Network

Launched in 2001, the Responsible Science Network is an information exchange and mutual support base, allowing anti-vivisection groups worldwide to exchange ideas, share information, share campaigns experience, and support each other.

Species Survival Network

The Species Survival Network (SSN), founded in 1992, is an international coalition of over sixty non-governmental organisations (NGOs) committed to the promotion, enhancement, and strict enforcement of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species). Through scientific and legal research, education and advocacy, SSN is working to prevent over-exploitation of animals and plants due to international commercial trade. Animal Defenders International is a member of SSN.

Focus On Alternatives

The Lord Dowding Fund is a member of Focus on Alternatives (FOA), a coalition established in 1998 for organisations funding non-animal scientific and medical research to work together.

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