Meet Jan Creamer, one of the founders of Animal Defenders International (ADI), a fearless, compassionate individual who fights for those who cannot fight for themselves: the abused and neglected animals of the world.
Creamer and Phillips are a tenacious husband-and-wife team committed to ADI, an organization that champions for oppressed animals across the globe. The renowned group stops animal abuse, rescues animals in distress, and secures legislation that protects animals from harm in laboratories, farms, and the entertainment industry. They use false identities, hidden cameras, elaborate cover stories, and covert surveillance techniques to capture footage in circuses, slaughterhouses, and laboratories.
The two leaders have endured death threats and violent attacks in their mission to take hurt animals away from people who do not want to give them up. The couple publishes technical reports, educates communities, and drafts legislation documents for animals worldwide. They’ve secured bans on animal circuses in 27 countries and 44 in the US as well as a ban on cosmetic testing on animals in Europe. They are currently organizing their next rescue – taking all the wild animals from circuses in Peru this summer, and are hard at work on the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (TEAPA), a bill that aims to end the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses in the US.
ADI exposed the cruel treatment of circus animals in Bolivia, going undercover to rescue and relocate 25 circus lions via airlift to safer homes in the United States (following the country’s ban on all animals in circuses). The rescue of the animals, called Operation Lion Ark, was funded through the kindness and generosity of Bob Barker. “Lion Ark,” produced by ADI Films, captures the behind-the-scenes plight of the animal rescue, the heartache, and the joyful flight to freedom. The film has won awards at the Sedona International Film Festival, the Omaha Film Festival, the Sun & Sand Mississippi Film and Music Festival, the Anchorage Film Festival and the Palm Beach International Film Festival.
ADI held a fundraising gala in Los Angeles, where they presented television host and philanthropist Bob Barker with the Lord Houghton Award for outstanding services to animal welfare. ADI also honored actress Jorja Fox (“CSI”) with the Animal Champion Award for her dedication to sustaining safe environments for animals in entertainment. Other ADI celebrity supporters include Sir Paul McCartney, Ricky Gervais, Brian Blessed, Twiggy and Sir Roger Moore.