ALDF in the News

“Company staging Spanish-style bull runs to end California events,” March 10, 2015, Reuters

“The Great Bull Run is a disgrace wherever it occurs. But that will never again be in the state of California.”

-Stephen Wells, ALDF Executive Director

“Case against secret monkey facility moves forward,” March 6, 2015, The News-Press

“There should have been no doubt that a public meeting was required here. The Sunshine law tells us, ‘Don’t make policy decisions behind closed doors, and don’t delegate important decision-making to staff in private conferences.’”

-Kelsey Eberly, ALDF Litigation Fellow

“Animal rights groups can sue Napa restaurant over foie gras,” March 5, 2015, SFGate

“Douglas County deputy named as one of nation’s ‘top 10 animal defenders’,” February 27, 2015, The Oregonian

“Lead woman named top animal defender for 2015,” February 26, 2015, Black Hills FOX News

“Little Ricki has been freed from her roadside cage, is on the road to Colorado sanctuary,” February 9, 2015, LancasterOnline

“Our legal team is thrilled that Mr. McDaniel has made the ethical choice.” 

-Matthew Liebman, ALDF Senior Attorney

“Bear Sent To Wild Animal Sanctuary After Years As Ice Cream Shop Draw,” February 9, 2015, Associated Press

“Kentucky Ranked Last in Animal Welfare Laws for 7th Year,” February 9, 2015, WBKO-TV

“Orca ‘Lolita’ at Miami facility to get endangered protection,” February 4, 2015, Associated Press

“We hope that this listing decision will help her transition from a life of captivity to a life with her family in the wild.”

-Jessica Blome, ALDF Staff Attorney

California says will appeal ruling making foie gras legal,” February 4, 2015, Reuters

“Cat Haven agrees to add safety measures following lion mauling death,” January 13, 2015, The Fresno Bee

“We commend Cal OSHA for doing a great job to resolve this unfortunate situation.”

-Christopher Berry, ALDF Staff Attorney

“ Reward grows to catch killer of burned dog,” January 27, 2015, Sacramento Bee

“Lawsuit seeks new home for York County’s best-known bear,” December 30, 2014, The York Dispatch

“Generally speaking, a lot of standards are weak as written, and also under-enforced. It takes an awful lot for APHIS to come in and seize an animal.”

-Matthew Liebman, ALDF Senior Staff Attorney

“Oregon Animal Protections Gain New Ground,” December 19, 2014, Oregon Public Broadcasting

“Oregon the third-worst state to be an animal abuser,” December 18, 2014, The Oregonian

“Animal rights groups sue Salinas Rodeo,” December 17, 2014, The Californian

“Without transparency, groups such as ALDF and SHARK cannot hold rodeos accountable for the suffering they cause. This lawsuit is intended to change that.”

-Stephen Wells, ALDF Executive Director

“Dog, cat gas chambers to be banned in North Carolina,” December 9, 2014, WNCT-TV, CBS

With this change, the state Board of Agriculture has come in line with the medical science and with humane laws.”

-Stephen Wells, ALDF Executive Director

“Dogfighting Thrives in Years Since Vick Case,” November 22, 2014, Associated Press

“Coalition Asks U.S. Court for Judgment in Challenge to Idaho Ag-Gag,” November 18, 2014, Boise Weekly

“Florida residents alarmed over monkey business,” November 16, 2014, Reuters

“Animal group files monkey lawsuit against county,” November 10, 2014, Associated Press

“UW-Madison faces lawsuit over records regarding animal research,” October 15, 2014, ABC News, Madison (VIDEO)

“Animal Abuse Gains Traction as a Serious Crime, With Jail More Often the Result,” September 29, 2014, The New York Times

“Pets dying on flights: Airlines offer only partial picture of animal safety,” September 27, 2014, The Seattle Times

“Lawsuit claims Southern California pet store chain sold sick ‘puppy mill’ dogs,” September 25, 2014, Orange County Register

“We want Barkworks stores to take responsibility for the animals and either rehabilitate them before they sell them or ideally not get puppies from puppy mills at all.”

-Jessica Blome, ALDF Staff Attorney

“USDA investigating Cocke County animal attraction after complaint by advocacy group,” September 10, 2014, WATE-TV ABC News

“The facility needs to be fined for violations they committed in the past in order to deter them. The law will not work if it’s not enforced.”

-Jessica Blome, ALDF Staff Attorney

“Sonoma County: Outrage ensues after pony is killed,” September 10, 2014, KTVU Fox News (VIDEO)

“U.S. requiring airlines to keep more data on incidents involving animals,” September 10, 2014, The Dallas Morning News

“Judge Declines to Dismiss Lawsuit Against Idaho Ag-Gag Law, Agrees Restricts Protected Speech,” September 4, 2014, The Dissenter

“Spotting a Pet in a Hot Car Creates Tough Choices,” September 3, 2014, Associated Press

“Animals can be ‘victims’ just like people, Oregon Supreme Court says,” August 22, 2014, The Oregonian

“To acknowledge that animals are victims of crime, that’s really common sense to us.”

-Lora Dunn, ALDF Staff Attorney

“Settlement reached in Turlock animal abuse case,” August 21, 2014, San Jose Mercury News

“The egg industry is rife with routine animal suffering, but today’s settlement ensures that those responsible for the tragedy in Turlock are permanently out of the business of raising animals.”

-Matthew Liebman, ALDF Senior Staff Attorney

“Under threat of legal action, the Morro Bay Aquarium removed misleading signs,” August 20, 2014, New Times SLO

“Activists sue Pa. over dog-breeding regulation,” August 12, 2014, The Inquirer

“The Department of Agriculture gutted the dog law when it essentially rewrote the standards to allow wire mesh flooring. Writing regulations that didn’t improve conditions was a blatant giveaway to breeders.”

-Carter Dillard, ALDF Director of Litigation

 “Judge refuses to block Utah ‘ag-gag’ challenge,” August 7, 2014, Deseret News

“Coyote hunt organizer won’t stage any more events in Oregon,” July 30, 2014, The Bulletin

“Our ultimate goal always is to stop these contests. The coyotes don’t deserve that treatment.”

-Jessica Blome, ALDF staff attorney

“Travel law: US DOT final rule on transportation of animals,” August 7, 2014, Global Travel Industry News

“Ag-gag laws in Idaho, Utah facing federal court challenges,” July 19, 2014, Associated Press

There’s this pro-whistleblowing sentiment that exists in the U.S. populace. Anything that indicates anti-whistleblowing indicates someone is trying to hide something from the American people and that doesn’t bode well.”

-Chris Green, ALDF Director of Legislative Affairs

Animal groups petition to restrict hybrid half-exotic cats as housepets,” June 30, 2014, KPCC Radio

They’re thrilling at the beginning, and cute when young, but they can grow into animals that people are unprepared to take care of.”

-Danny Lutz, ALDF Litigation Fellow

“Lawsuit filed against truck stop tiger owner,” June 25, 2014, Associated Press

“Manchester zoo owners face lawsuit,” June 12, 2014, The Gazette

Crook County jury convicts Calif. horse owner of neglect,” June 4, 2014, KTVZ-TV

“After two operations, mutilated pelican set to be released back into the wild,” June 2, 2014, Orange County Register

“Reward offered after dead goat incident,” May 9, 2014, Petaluma Argus-Courier

“The gruesome slaughter of innocent animals has shocked our community. We urge anyone with information about the killing of this baby goat to come forward immediately for the safety of the animals and humans in our community.”

 -Stephen Wells, ALDF Executive Director

Reward in case of mutilated brown pelican climbs to $10,000,” April 28, 2014, Los Angeles Times

NYPD must hand over horse carriage enforcement records,” April 28, 2014, New York Post

Animal welfare group seeks ban on shelter gassing in NC,” April 17, 2014, The News & Observer

“Animals in shelters deserve the most humane treatment we can provide and death by gassing is not it.”

-Stephen Wells, ALDF Executive Director

“Is California killer whale bill dead? Hardly, activists insist,” April 9, 2014, Christian Science Monitor

“History is on the side of greater understanding and compassion for all animals. Twenty years ago, only seven states considered cruelty to animals a felony. Today, all 50 have made animal cruelty a felony.”

-Chris Green, ALDF Director of Legislative Affairs

Group sues US Forest Service over wild horses,” March 24, 2014, Associated Press

“Wild horses have a historical right to territories designated and protected by acts of Congress.”

-Stephen Wells, ALDF Executive Director

Even Putin Thinks the Drugs We Give to American Livestock are Bad News,” March 20, 2014, VICE

“Ractopamine is a shining example of the new creative ways the meat industry finds to make animals suffer.”

-Danny Lutz, ALDF Litigation Fellow

Idaho’s ag-gag law challenged in federal court,” March 17, 2014, Idaho Statesman

Animal rights groups sue to block bull run events,” March 13, 2014, The Press Enterprise

“These events show great disregard for animal welfare in pursuit of a cheap thrill and a profit.”

-Stephen Wells, ALDF Executive Director

Reward offered in case of poisoned meatballs in San Francisco,” February 26, 2014, ABC7 News

Cobb D.A. Vic Reynolds Makes Top 10 List for Animal Protection,” February 24, 2014, Daily Report

“I am very honored for this recognition, but the true credit belongs to the prosecutors and law enforcement on the front lines who work daily to make sure animals are not abused and that the perpetrators who commit such offenses are held accountable.”

-Vic Reynolds, Cobb County, GA District Attorney

Sheriff Tom Dart is one of America’s ‘Top Ten Animal Defenders,'” February 14, 2014,

“Sheriff Dart has gone above and beyond to earn his place among America’s Top Ten Animal Defenders during National Justice for Animals Week 2014.”

-Stephen Wells, ALDF Executive Director

Petaluma egg farm settles packaging suit,” February 13, 2014, Petaluma Argus-Courier

“The point of the lawsuit wasn’t just to set an example. It was to make sure there wasn’t any advertising that was misleading to the general consumer and we’ve accomplished that.”

-Chris Berry, ALDF Litigation Fellow

“Animal abuse registry survives Bloomberg veto,” February 5, 2014, The New York World

“We wanted to do what we could to disarm that argument, that the registries would be financially burdensome to jurisdictions, by offering to help defray any startup cost that there might be.”

-Lisa Franzetta, ALDF Director of Communications

“Caltrans to remove nets from construction sites to save swallows,” January 17, 2014, Los Angeles Times

“We expect this agreement will influence measures to protect migratory birds at other Caltrans construction projects.”

-Danny Lutz, ALDF Litigation Fellow

“Groups seek to stop Oregon coyote-killing contest,” January 16, 2014, Associated Press

“New Jersey’s worst animal houses of horror,” January 14, 2014, Warren Reporter

“We call upon the USDA to act upon these horrific violations — which have been thoroughly documented in their own records—before more animals are harmed behind closed doors.”

-Stephen Wells, ALDF Executive Director

“Rhino Hunt Auction Stirs More Controversy,” January 13, 2014, National Geographic

The Dallas Safari Club should respect the intent of international regulations that attempt to conserve and protect endangered animals who should be preserved in the wild, not stuffed by a taxidermist for a Texan’s trophy room.”

-Stephen Wells, ALDF Executive Director

Advocates: Illinois Ranks First In Animal Protection Laws,” December 17, 2013, CBS

“As animal protection laws become more prevalent, people are becoming more aware of animal abuse and cruelty as a very real thing.”
-Lora Dunn, ALDF Attorney

NM ranked among tops in animal abuse,” December 17, 2013, Associated Press

Utah law preventing journalists reporting from inside slaughterhouses an attack on First Amendment, opponents say,” December 10, 2013, Fox News

Group Says Bull Run Promoters Don’t Have Proper Permit,” December 9, 2013, Houston Press

Marine Parks Continue To Challenge Ban On Whale–Trainer Contact,”  November 13, 2013, BuzzFeed

“Seaquarium is acting as if the whole OSHA scandal is not going on. They have not taken their trainers out of the water with Lolita, even after the 2010 death of Dawn Brancheau.”

-Jenni James, ALDF Litigation Fellow

Should animal abusers be registered?” November 1, 2013, San Francisco Chronicle

“There is no existing mechanism to prevent someone convicted of animal abuse from walking into a shelter or going on Craigslist and getting a new animal.”

 -Chris Green, ALDF Director of Legislative Affairs

Bull run craze sweeping America,” October 21, 2013, CNN

“The only people who really benefit from this event are thirllseekers and the company sponsors who earn thousands of dollars off of profiteering from animal cruelty.”

-Jessica Blome, ALDF Attorney

“State grants permits for Saturday ‘Great Bull Run,’” October 17, 2013, Associated Press

“We think the government has an obligation to protect animals and its citizens, and we’re trying to compel the government to do that.”

-Jessica Blome, ALDF Attorney

“Utah wants judge to toss ‘ag gag’ lawsuit,” October 17, 2013, Deseret News

“Supreme Court won’t hear truck stop tiger case,” October 8, 2013, Associated Press

“I think this really is the end of the road for our lawsuit, which sought to have the Tiger Truck Stop declared ineligible for a permit. Under this state law, Tony can’t stay at the gas station.”

-Matthew Liebman, ALDF Senior Staff Attorney

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