Make 2011 Another Extraordinary Year for Animals

Posted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on December 30, 2010

Thanks to your support, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has pushed the U.S. legal system to end the suffering of abused animals for over 30 years.

In this season of gratitude, I hope you will make a special contribution to ALDF to celebrate our shared love for animals and to help us fight for their legal rights.

I think back on this year and how, with your help, ALDF has been able to fight for animals:

  • Last month, ALDF filed its third lawsuit in Kentucky over deplorable shelter conditions, this time in Clay County. This so-called animal shelter — a place that should offer hope and sanctuary to animals in need — is more like a filthy prison, where many, if not most, of the dogs are housed in one large, open-air pen that does not protect them from the elements.
  • In June, ALDF came to the rescue of endangered sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico who were being burned alive after the massive oil spill. With a coalition of three other environmental and animal protection organizations, we filed a lawsuit that forced British Petroleum and the Coast Guard to allow animal advocates to identify and rescue the sea turtles before cleanup workers ignited fires that trapped these magnificent turtles in blazes that shot hundreds of feet into the sky.
  • ALDF’s nationwide push to develop a system for law enforcement officials and the public to find out when a convicted animal abuser is in their community scored a historic victory when lawmakers in Suffolk County, New York voted unanimously to create the country’s first animal abuser registry.
  • In February, the City of West Hollywood, California passed an ordinance, drafted by ALDF working with local activists, effectively banning the sale of animals bred at "puppy mills."

This is just a sample of what we’ve been able to achieve in 2010 thanks to your support. Yet, even as we celebrate these successes, we find ourselves, at this time of year, reflecting on what more we can do on behalf of animals.

2011 will bring even more challenges, making it that much more important for us to begin the New Year in a position of strength. That’s why I hope that in this season of giving, you will make a generous contribution to the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Thank you for your continued support and please accept our warmest wishes for a joyous season.

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