Legally Brief: ALDF Leads the Way in Farmed Animal Litigation

Posted by Stephen Wells, ALDF Executive Director on April 2, 2015

Legally Brief

Over the years, ALDF has filed some of the most innovative lawsuits in history against the animal agricultural industry. During ALDF’s Speak Out for Farmed Animals Week, I’d like to share some of our greatest hits in litigation aimed at protecting farmed animals from harm and changing the laws that allow the horror of factory farming to continue.


Here are highlights:


  • July 2013: ALDF’s lawsuit against a California restaurant for violating the ban on force-fed foie gras moves forward when the court agrees with ALDF’s position, affirms the merits of our case, and denies the restaurant’s anti-SLAPP motion.
  • July 2013: Tyson Foods makes substantial changes to its website after ALDF submits a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission challenging Tyson’s deceptive animal welfare claims.
  • July 2013: ALDF sues Cal Expo and the University of California for mistreating pregnant and nursing pigs at the California state fair. An appeal is filed in February 2014.
  • December 2012: ALDF, along with Center for Food Safety, files a petition with the Food and Drug Administration calling for an immediate reduction in allowable levels of ractopamine, a dangerous and controversial animal feed additive which is already banned or partially restricted in nearly 160 countries, including China, Russia, and all the nations of the European Union.
  • June 2012: ALDF and Compassion Over Killing lawsuit settlement shuts down the abusive Santa Cruz-based Cal-Cruz Hatchery. The settlement marks the first time animal cruelty issues are resolved using California’s Business and Professions Code.
  • May 2012: ALDF files historic lawsuit on behalf of three animal sanctuaries in the largest farmed animal rescue in California history, after Turlock-based A & L Poultry abandoned 50,000 hens without food and left them to die. This lawsuit is successfully settled in 2014.
  • May 2012: ALDF and coalition file a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against the USDA for violating the federal Poultry Products Inspection Act by allowing the sale of adulterated poultry in the form of foie gras. The case would end foie gras production in the U.S., and is currently on appeal with the Ninth Circuit.

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One thought on “Legally Brief: ALDF Leads the Way in Farmed Animal Litigation

  1. Hana Mezei says:

    Stop Using these Equall beings”>……stop any cruelty whatsoever to them LIve beings” ………………….

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