In 1903 the Swedish Countess, Emily Augusta Louise Lind-af-Hageby founded the Animal Defence and Anti Vivisection Society which she ran until her death on 12 December 1963 from Animal Defence House, 15 St James's Place, London, SW1.
Following her death it became necessary to separate her assets from those of the Society and in February 1970 the vice Chancellor in the Chancery Division of the High Court gave judgement that 29/60ths of her assets, including Animal Defence House, belonged to the Society, subject to 24 of such 29ths being settled on Charitable Trusts to carry on the charitable purposes of the Society. In September 1971, with the approval of the Court and of the Attorney General, the Animal Defence Trust was registered with the Charity Commission as a registered charity.
View the 1971 Trust Deed
Later, following the liquidation of the Society, which had become a company limited by guarantee, the Commercial Court ruled in a judgement in 1991 that the surplus assets in the liquidation of the incorporated society should be transferred to the Animal Defence Trust including the proceeds of sale of the Society's 237 acres Ferne Estate, near Shaftesbury, Dorset.
View the 1991 Charity Commission Order
As a result, the Animal Defence Trust has been able, with largely the old Society's assets, to carry out the old Society's longstanding solely animal welfare charitable purpose.
The Trustees meet annually to consider applications from registered charities for capital projects for animal welfare or animal protection projects or for running costs in circumstances where finances are restricted (see Terms & Conditions).
Trustees and Officers
Policies and Objectives
The objects of the charity are:
The charity operates throughout England and Wales. In addition, the charity, may from time to lime, operate in other countries worldwide.
In setting objectives and planning for activities, the Trustees have given due regard to general guidance published by the Charity Commission relating to public beneﬁt and in particular to its supplementary public beneﬁt guidance on the advancement of animal welfare.
Grant Making Policies
The charity operates in accordance with the Trust Deed's objects the Trustees’ policy of making grants to approved registered charities operating in the ﬁeld of Animal Welfare in the United Kingdom and occasionally abroad, and generally supporting speciﬁc approved capital projects from such other registered charities.
Grant applications must be submitted by 31 March in the relevant year.
The Animal Defence Trust
Web site updated May 2021