Current Cases


AECOQ v. Harris
In 2012 foie gras industry plaintiffs filed a motion for a preliminary injunction, which would have suspended the foie gras ban for the duration of the litigation. The trial court preserved the ban by denying the injunction, and was affirmed by the Ninth Circuit. The issue is back for before the trial court for final resolution. ALDF and other animal protection organizations have filed numerous amici curiae (friend of the court) briefs in that lawsuit.

ALDF v. Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin
ALDF filed a lawsuit to compel the disclosure of public records concerning taxpayer-funded maternal deprivation experiments conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The suit, filed in the Circuit Court of Dane County, Wisconsin, contends that the university illegally ignored its obligations under Wisconsin’s open records law to release full records of federally-mandated animal welfare committee meetings in which the controversial research was approved.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund and Center for Food Safety filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for withholding records related to the federal agency’s approval of the controversial animal feed additive ractopamine.

ALDF v. Mendocino County
A coalition of animal protection and conservation groups and a local Mendocino resident filed a lawsuit against Mendocino County in the Superior Court of California, County of Mendocino, for violating the California Environmental Quality Act. The lawsuit challenges the county’s failure to conduct the legally-required environmental review of its $142,356 taxpayer-funded contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Wildlife Services.

ALDF v. The Great Bull Run, LLC
ALDF and PETA filed a lawsuit against the Great Bull Run and the Lone Star Rodeo in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. This case is the first lawsuit filed to stop the Great Bull Run, which has received widespread outcry across the United States. According to the lawsuit, these events violate California’s anti-cruelty law and Unfair Competition Law.

Showing Animals Respect and Kindness v. California Rodeo Salinas
ALDF filed a lawsuit against the California Rodeo Salinas and its head veterinarian Tim Eastman for failing to report animal injuries to the state veterinary medical board, as required under California law. The defendants are accused of significantly underreporting the number of animals injured at the California Rodeo Salinas, the largest rodeo in the state and one of the largest in the country.

Stephens v. Hendry County
ALDF filed a lawsuit on behalf of local Hendry County residents after the county approved a primate breeding facility that could hold as many as 3,200 long-tailed macaques—a species linked with prior outbreaks of infectious disease. Hendry County approved the controversial project behind closed doors with only the facility’s supporters present and failed to hold the public hearing.

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