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Project information

The Research and Investigations Fund

The research and investigations fund ensures we have the resources to expose institutions holding captive animals around the country, allowing us to launch investigations and unveil animal suffering in zoos, circuses and the exotic pet trade.

Our project started in 2012 and will keep going as long as animals remain vulnerable in captivity

Charity information: Freedom for Animals

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  • Need


    Animals are held captive in institutions all around the world. Many are kept in conditions that will never meet their needs and they suffer both mentally and physically. In the UK and Ireland, people assume animals are protected and well cared for. Sadly this is often not the case and much abuse goes on behind closed doors in circuses, zoos, aquariums, the TV industry and the exotic pet trade.


    Going undercover to document animal abuse is the best way of uncovering what life is really like for the animals. Our findings will be used to expose abuse, end cruel practices, spread awareness and to campaign for positive change for the animals.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To expose and end the suffering of animals exploited in captivity.


    » Place trained investigators undercover in institutions where animals are kept captive, to document suffering and abuse.
    » Carry out investigative research to uncover information on animal exploitation, gathering evidence to end cruelty.
    » Fund specialist camera and computer equipment to make sure we can capture the best images and information for evidence.
    » Use our findings to launch targeted campaigns against businesses which abuse animals, putting pressure on them to stop.

    What success will look like

    We will expose businesses which exploit animals, using evidence to end abusive practices, rescue animals and raising awareness of captive animal issues.

  • Impact


    Our overall aim is to create a world where no animal has to suffer as a result of being held captive. Many institutions hold animals captive in completely unsuitable conditions and animals suffer everyday. Our investigations help to expose this to directly help and rescue those animals in need but also to impact on captivity overall, by providing evidence to Government to change laws and by raising awareness of these issues with the public, inspiring them to take action for animals.


    There is always a risk with undercover investiations that the investigator is exposed and the investigation has to stop. We always use investigators who have years of experience to limit this risk. With the fund we will also invest in the best hidden camera equipment to prevent discovery.


    Due to the sensitive nature of investigations we are unable to provide full details of the project to donors until it is finalised. We will launch the findings publicly online and by post and send updates to all who have made the investigations possible.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Wages Part-time wage for investigator
      £450 Admissions Admissions into establishments
      £550 Video and literature Subscriptions and literature, video and photography
      £750 Equipment Equipment (special clothing etc)
      £500 Travel Travel to investigation location
      £750 Accommodation Accommodation close to investigation
  • Background


    Animals are kept captive in institutions all over the UK and Ireland, many suffering in silence. We aim to visit key representatives of these industries plus any which we receive information about from whistleblowers or concerned members of the public.

    The exact locations of the project cannot be released due to the sensitive nature of going undercover.


    Animals have been rescued and businesses closed down due to our past investigations, ending their suffering. We will continue to take action like this wherever we discover abuse and neglect.

    We strive to educate people on the reality of life for animals in all captive situations, raising awareness so people can make positive choices for animals in their lives. Creating greater consideration for animals means more people will speak out against their exploitation.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    the Captive Animals' Protection Society has been campaigning for 57 years against the exploitation of animals in captivity. Over the years we have carried out several successful investigations which have improved the lives of thousands of animals.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Liz Tyson

    Director of CAPS Oversees investigations.

Irish circus investigation 2012

Irish circus investigation 2012


will pay a day's wage for an investigator.