ALDF in the News

DNA evidence helps free a service dog from death row”, The Washington Post, November 6, 2016

‘Mother of Animal Law’ Parlayed Her Passion Into a Profession”, Law.com, November 2, 2016

Law school students organize against the use of animals in emergency medical training”, The Daily Tar Heel, October 26, 2016

Federal judge hears arguments on Utah’s ‘ag gag’ law”, Salt Lake City Tribune, October 25, 2016

Animal-rights group ties gambling laws to Kansas coyote hunt”, The Wichita Eagle, October 22, 2016

Texas Veterinarian Suspended after Killing Cat With an Arrow”, People Magazine, October 18, 2016

FDA May Be Forced to Share Information on Egg Farms, Court Rules”, Organic Authority, October 5, 2016

“Public health and safety is on the line, and the people have a right to know how the FDA is protecting them. Details of animal welfare and the risk of disease outbreaks that affect human health are too important to remain hidden from the public.”

— Stephen Wells, ALDF Executive Director

Madison-based lawyer is pioneer in defending animals”, Madison Magazine, October 3, 2016

White Tigers At Houston Aquarium Allegedly Haven’t Been Outside in 12 Years“, People Magazine, September 29, 2016

A National Epidemic is Threatening Family Dogs”, The Huffington Post, September 25, 2016

If we care about dogs and police officers, we owe it to them to demand fully funded comprehensive training programs for all officers. Every officer needs to be comfortable coming into contact with dogs, and be prepared with non-lethal strategies to interact with them.”

Stephen Wells, ALDF Executive Director

Pet store accused of selling sick puppies settles lawsuit”, ABC7 Chicago, September 21, 2016

Roadside Zoo Shuts Down After People Speak Up About What They Saw There”, The Dodo, September 15, 2016

“We are happy to have helped these long-suffering animals find habitats that meet their needs as wild animals, and we are relieved that they are finally free from their cramped and dilapidated quarters at Animaland.”

— Stephen Wells, ALDF Executive Director

Orca Shows and Breeding Banned in California”, National Geographic, September 14, 2016

Court: Kennels can’t keep nursing dogs on wire floors”, PennLive, September 10, 2016

LSU rallies around mascot ‘Mike the Tiger,’ who is battling cancer”, Today Show, September 10, 2016

“We’re in an age where Ringling Bros. has turned away from using elephants in its traveling circus, where SeaWorld has decided it’s no longer appropriate to breed and use orcas. It’s time for LSU to join the 21st century.”

— Carney Anne Nasser, ALDF Senior Counsel for Wildlife and Regulatory Affairs

Lawsuit Challenges “Pasture Raised” Claims: Bucolic Brouhaha”, The National Law Review, September 7, 2016

Not just in Canada: Spear hunting is legal in four states“, The Washington Post, August 23, 2016

ALDF offers reward in cat cruelty case”, The Community Voice, August 12, 2016

““The link between violence to animals and violence to humans is well documented. We are very glad the police are taking this matter seriously, and we offer our full support.”

— Stephen Wells, ALDF Executive Director

9th Circuit to reconsider case over FDA records request”, Reuters, August 4, 2016

Iowa zoo settles lawsuit; lions sent to Colorado sanctuary”, Yahoo! News, August 4, 2016

Groups Threaten Suit to Stop Arkansas Factory Chicken Farm”, Public News Service, August 1, 2016

“The poultry litter is what is toxic to the environment. And that is over-applied or over-spread on fields as fertilizer. It can discharge or drain into these waterways and then, start killing off these protected species.”

— Jessica Blome, ALDF Staff Attorney

Activists Take a Stand for Embattled Zoo’s Lions”, Courthouse News Service, July 12, 2016

Homeboykris died of heart attack on Preakness Day, had high level of anti-inflammatory drug, necropsy shows”, Baltimore Sun, July 12, 2016

“It’s vital that these horses are not forgotten — and that their deaths are investigated and explained.”

— Stephen Wells, ALDF Executive Director

Criminal: Showdown at the Tiger Truck Stop”, WUNC, July 1, 2016

Hormel sued over its ‘misleading’ use of term ‘natural’ on meat products” , FOX News, July 1, 2016

“The lawsuit is aimed at the misleading picture that Hormel is projecting through its advertising campaign. They are painting this picture of a family farm where animals go to pasture and aren’t given antibiotic drugs.”

— Kelsey Eberly, ALDF Staff Attorney

What’s ‘All Natural’ Meat? Hormel is About to Find Out”, Bloomberg, June 30, 2016

Day 1 in Trial Over Legality of Hendry County Monkey Farms”, WINK News, June 27, 2016

Idaho’s Ag-Gag Law Challenged in Federal CourtPublic News Service, June 21, 2016

“Numerous undercover investigations have exposed unsafe food-handling practices and horrific cruelty to animals. It’s incredibly important that these kinds of investigations be able to take place and educate the public on what’s happening at these highly-secretive facilities.”

— Matthew Liebman, ALDF Chief Legal Counsel

Legal Ways to Help Pets In Hot Cars”, BlogPaws, June 14, 2016

Catskills high school won’t put on annual Donkey Basketball fundraiser after complaints from animal rights group”, New York Daily News, June 14, 2016

“When a government is using taxpayer dollars to promote cruelty to animals, we get involved.”

— Jessica Blome, ALDF Senior Staff Attorney

Dangers of Leaving Your Pets in a Hot CarKSAT, June 9, 2016

“Our message is first and foremost of course is call 911.Cracking the windows a little bit does absolutely nothing to change the temperature.”

Stephen Wells, ALDF Executive Director

“Lonely Elephant Has Spent Over 50 Years In Texas Zoo”, The Dodo, June 8, 2016

“ALDF’s goal is to ensure that Lucky gets to spend her last years at a sanctuary, in a more appropriate habitat with other elephants, where she can have a meaningful existence, and not just be a way of selling tickets.”

— Carney Anne Nasser, ALDF Senior Counsel for Wildlife and Regulatory Affairs

“Animal Rights Groups Decry Live Mascots. But What’s Daily Life Like as a Sideline Pet?, The Washington Post, June 6, 2016

“A university’s sporting events is similar to a circus, that it can continue to dazzle and entertain without animal acts. A sporting event at a university certainly does not rely on an animal mascot to fill seats on game day.”

— Carney Anne Nasser, ALDF Senior Counsel for Wildlife and Regulatory Affairs

“Groups Cry Foul Over Monterey County and USDA Wildlife Services Contract Renewal”, The Monterey Herald, June 3, 2016

“Animal Welfare Activists, State Spar Over ‘Ag-Gag’ Law”, The Tribune, June 1, 2016

Pork producer to probe alleged Nebraska abuses,” Omaha.com, May 27, 2016

Consumers who are looking to support more responsible businesses are deceived by companies, such as the Maschhoffs, that misrepresent themselves with false idyllic words and images rather than developing a better business model.”

Stephen Wells, ALDF Executive Director

Major Pork Producer Promises Investigation into Abuse AllegationsKFXL, May 26, 2016

BIOTECH FIRM TO PAY $3.5 MILLION TO SETTLE ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES,” El Observador, May 26, 2016

Miami Seaquarium Sued Over Lolita, ‘World’s Loniest Orca,’”Inquisitr, May 19, 2016

“Lolita is protected by the Endangered Species Act and deserves to live a life free of harassment, in which she can engage in natural behavior. We will continue to fight to win her protections under the law.”

Stephen Wells, ALDF Executive Director

Idaho ordered to pay $250,000 in ‘ag gag’ case,” Capital Press, May 19, 2016

Group Wants Peek at Foster Farms’ Water BillCourthouse News Service, May 4, 2016

Activists Have Figured Out a Way to Stop Government-Sanctioned Mass Wildlife Killings,” AlterNet, May 2, 2016

Because of the secrecy, a lot of people in local government dont know what kind of impact these contracts with Wildlife Services were having on their local wildlife,Blome said.”

— Jessica Blome, ALDF Attorney

Swaziland Has Another Horrible Plan to ‘Help’ RhinosCare2, May 10, 2016

From the beginning animal protection groups have said that the zoospurported concern about saving rhinos was just a cover for buying wild elephants. Unless these zoos vigorously oppose Swazilands proposal to sell rhino horns, their conservation claims will forever ring hollow.

Stephen Wells, ALDF Executive Director

Will Bundy’s cattle be latest victims of BLM cruelty?Las Vegas Review-Journal, May 7, 2016

Zookeeper’s death raises the question: Does a 300-pound tiger belong in a zoo?The Star Tribune, April 17, 2016

Mendocino County dumps federal killings of livestock predators,” San Francisco Chronicle, April 27, 2016

Free Candy: Louisiana chimpanzee is center of landmark lawsuit,” The Guardian, April 4, 2016

How much is a pet dog worth? A court will soon decide.The Washington Post, April 12, 2016

North Carolina Ag-gag law draws lawsuits,” The Daily Tar Heel, February 11, 2016

Judge: Cricket Hollow Zoo must remove tigers, lemurs,” The Des Moines Register, February 11, 2016

The worst offenders: Hillsborough may become the first county in Florida to adopt an animal abuser registry,” Creative Loafing Tampa, February 11, 2016

Owners say moving Candy the chimpanzee from Dixie Landin’ could harm her health, but animal rights activists disagree,” The Advocate, February 13, 2016

The Bison Roundup the Government Wants to Hide,” The New York Times, February 15, 2016

Tips for keeping pets safe during the dark days of winter,” The Porland Phoenix, February 18, 2016

Ag-Gag Laws in America: The Ugly Truth,” Modern Farmer, February 18, 2016

San Antonio Zoo Fighting To Keep ‘Lucky’ The Elephant,” The Inquisitr News, February 22, 2016

Endangered in the Wild, In Danger in Captivity,” The Huffington Post, February 24, 2016

Agricultural gags open doors to corruption,” The Daily Mississippian, February 29, 2016

Undercover Investigation Exposes Suffering at Unlicensed Puppy Mill,” The Dodo, February 29, 2016

Animal Legal Defense Fund wants New Mexico kennel shut down,” Krqe.com, February 29, 2016

Agency misinterpreting law on exotic animals?,” THonline.com, March 6, 2016

Federal Protection Sought For Black Bears,” NorthEscambia.com, March 19, 2016

Good Samaritans Bust Dogs Out Of Hot Cars: House Bill 131 Unanimously Passed Both Florida’s House and Senate,” The Pet Tree House, March 21, 2016 3/21/2016

Lolita’s Miami Seaquarium Tank Doesn’t Meet Federal Standards, Activists Argue UPDATED,” Miami New Times, March 21, 2016

Rotten Eggs? Carton Labels Can be Deceiving,” Public News Service, March 25, 2016

Report: UMMC poisoned animals,” The Clarion-Ledger, March 29, 2016

“U.S. District Court to Hear Arguments for Preliminary Injunction to Halt Yellowstone Bison Slaughter,” Bloomberg Business, February 2, 2016

“Fight Over Lucky the Elephant Continues,” Courthouse News Service, February 1, 2016

“Why a woman got two years in prison for leaving puppy in car,” Christian Science Monitor, December 2, 2015

“Animal Rights Group Sues San Antonio Zoo,” San Antonio Current, December 1, 2015

“SeaWorld plans to challenge California commission over orca breeding ban,” Reuters.com, October 15, 2015

“SeaWorld can expand tank but not breed whales, board rules” CNN, October 11, 2015

“Coastal Commission staff recommends approval of SeaWorld orca tank project” Los Angeles Times, September 25, 2015

“Undercover Investigation Alleges Abuse of Chickens,” Workers at Tyson Slaughter Plant in Texas,” September 16, 2015, Food Safety News

“A Peek Inside an Industrial Chicken Slaughterhouse,” September 15, 2015, Mother Jones

“Tyson Foods Under Fire As Second Video Shows Chicken Abuse,” September 14 2015, Fox Business

“Killing of Pembroke Pines Pomeranian prompts outcry,” August 13, 2015, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“Manchester zoo suit set for trial,” August 7, 2015, Telegraph Herald

“We brought before the court three extraordinarily qualified experts, each of whom have spent decades of experience working on behalf of captive animals. In addition to that, there are the indisputable records the Department of Agriculture has provided (that show) a legacy of violations of the Animal Welfare Act.”

-Jeff Pierce, ALDF Litigation Fellow

“Judge: Idaho’s Anti-Dairy Spying Law Is Unconstitutional,” August 3, 2015, Associated Press

“This decision vindicates the public’s rights to know how animals are treated before they become meat.”

-Matthew Liebman, ALDF Senior Attorney

“Idaho’s ban on undercover animal abuse videos struck down by federal judge,” August 4, 2015, Los Angeles Times

“Animal rights groups targeting Mendocino County, again,” July 28, 2015, Ukiah Daily Journal

“We at least thought the Board of Supervisors would complete an initial study. Instead, they just threw up their hands and claimed they were exempt.”

-Jessica Blome, ALDF Attorney

“Animal rights groups file suit against Miami Seaquarium,” July 20, 2015, Miami Herald

“Animal Legal Defense Fund files new complaint against Hendry County monkey farm,” July 16, 2015, Naples Daily News

“It boils down to the common sense notion that a veterinarian, who by all reports hasn’t been able to keep animals in good condition, should face consequences.”

-Chris Berry, ALDF Attorney

“Manitoba is top dog for animal protection laws,” July 7, 2015, Winnipeg Free Press

“Mendocino County continues controversial wildlife management program,” June 19, 2015, Ukiah Daily Journal

“We agreed to the CEQA terminology because we thought they (county) would look at the scientific evidence. We wanted them (supervisors) to truly look at what the Wildlife Services trapper is doing in Mendocino County.”

-Jessica Blome, ALDF Attorney

“Animal Rights Groups: Lab Monkeys Deserve Same Treatment Laws As Chimpanzees,” June 18, 2015, CBS, D.C.

“The conditions do not reflect what the science shows these animals need. Without the standards we’ve asked for, these animals are suffering.”

-Carter Dillard, ALDF Director of Litigation

“Animal Legal Defense Fund in Talks with St. Louis Taxi Commission,” June 17, 2015, CBS, St. Louis

“Anonymous videos, from concerned carriage customers and citizens revealed blatant violations.”

-Jessica Blome, ALDF Attorney

“Animal-rights group settles lawsuit with city,” June 10, 2015, Stockton Record

“ALDF is pleased to see the city of Stockton, California, and Stockton Animal Services make so many improvements. Their rapid turnaround is still a work in progress, though, and more remains to be done to meet the full standards animals deserve.”

-Stephen Wells, ALDF Executive Director

“Dog found with muzzle taped shut: How well do US laws protect animals?” June 2, 2015, Christian Science Monitor

“There was concern in South Carolina that if the reward [leading to an arrest] was too big, the perpetrator might turn himself in to collect the award because the downside of being convicted [of animal cruelty] is so ridiculously low compared to other states.”

-Scott Heiser, Director of ALDF’s Criminal Justice Program

“Another Hendry monkey farm added to Sunshine Law suit,” May 28, 2015, The News-Press

“It’s only human to want better life for Lucky,” May 14, 2015, San Antonio Express News

“If we are seeing more of this kind of lawsuit brought under the Endangered Species Act on behalf of captive animals, it’s also because our understanding of what it means to be an animal, and what it means to a captive animal is developing in a new way as well.”

-Jeff Pierce, ALDF Litigation Fellow

“Monkey Farms in Florida Under Scrutiny From Officials,” May 12, 2015, Associated Press

“Opponents of Idaho ‘Ag Gag’ Law Plead Case to Federal Judge,” April 29, 2015, Associated Press

“Mendocino County suspends contract with a federal wildlife agency,” April 15, 2015, Los Angeles Times

“Beating Animals Breaks Law. Now Trying to Expose It Does, Too,” March 25, 2015, Bloomberg

“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

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