"A vegan organisation and a member of the animal-rights movement."
Founded in 1957 by retired Sussex schoolteacher the late Irene Heaton, the Captive Animals' Protection Society (CAPS) initially campaigned to end the use of animals in entertainment, primarily in the circus. Since that time, the group has extended its campaign to include banning animals used in zoos, films and television, sport and exotic pet keeping. CAPS became a registered charity in June 2008 (Reg. No.1124436).
Its stated charitable activity is:
To promote humane behaviour towards, and prevent cruelty and suffering to, animals held in captivity. To educate the public to a sense of moral responsibility towards animals held in captivity. To undertake research activities in connection therewith, and publish results, and to provide relevant educational materials to the public.
Although its 2012 published account states: