Legally Brief: Animal Bill of RightsPosted by Stephen Wells, ALDF Executive Director on July 3, 2014
Each Fourth of July in the United States, we celebrate our freedom and our independence—our legal “rights” are a point of pride. The Animal Legal Defense Fund advocates for nonhuman animals to also receive the full protection of the law as a right.
Without legal protection, animals are defenseless against exploitation and abuse by humans. From the shameful treatment of exotic animals—like Ben the Bear and Tony the Tiger—who have been imprisoned in roadside cages, to wildlife who are penned, hounded, trapped, shot, and terrorized, to the dogs savagely torn apart for profit in dogfighting rings, to puppies treated like disposable machines in puppy mills, to ducks force-fed to the point of disease so people can eat gourmet treats, to the animals confined by hoarders in the most horrifying of conditions.
This Fourth of July, ALDF urges you to sign the Animal Bill of Rights and encourage your representatives to pass legislation that gives animals the rights they deserve:
- The Right of animals to be free from exploitation, cruelty, neglect, and abuse.
- The Right of laboratory animals not to be used in cruel or unnecessary experiments.
- The Right of farm animals to an environment that satisfies their basic physical and psychological needs.
- The Right of companion animals to a healthy diet, protective shelter, and adequate medical care.
- The Right of wildlife to a natural habitat, ecologically sufficient to a normal existence and self-sustaining species population.
- The Right of animals to have their interests represented in court and safeguarded by the law of the land.
Across the nation, people are signing the Animal Bill of Rights to show a groundswell of support for laws that protect animals. ALDF is aiming for ONE MILLION SIGNATURES. If you haven’t yet joined the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have signed the Animal Bill of Rights—please take action now. Let our elected officials know we need stronger laws to protect the basic needs of animals—and provide justice for those who are abused and exploited.
Watch ALDF’s Animal Bill of Rights Video, which has aired more than 3,000 times across the country in just over two months.