Recent ALDF Victories
Animal Advocates Declare Victory in Federal Foie Gras False Advertising Suit
In a groundbreaking end to its false advertising lawsuit against New York-based Hudson Valley Foie Gras, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is celebrating the company’s decision to stop advertising its products as “humane.” ALDF has voluntarily dismissed its lawsuit after Hudson Valley Foie Gras–the largest foie gras producer in the nation—removed all references to “humane” foie gras from its website in late July, 2013.
Judge Grants Ben The Bear Permanent Sanctuary
In August, a North Carolina judge granted Ben the Bear permanent sanctuary at the Performing Animal Welfare Society as a result of a lawsuit against Jambbas Ranch—ALDF attorneys worked to represent the plaintiffs. Ben had languished for years on cement in a chain-link kennel—he now has the chance to live like a bear should, with plenty of space to roam, play, and forage in his new habitat.
State Says No More Snapperfest
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources announced in August that the abuse of turtles at the annual Ohio County event known as “Snapperfest,” where “contestants” demonstrate their prowess by pulling the heads of live turtles far outside of their shells, would not take place this summer. The announcement followed an ALDF petition for rulemaking to the state which argued that a misinterpretation of Indiana law was allowing for illegal cruelty at the event.
Great News in Oregon: Each Animal Counts!
In a groundbreaking decision for animal law, an Oregon appeals court ruled in favor of the state’s argument, supported by an ALDF amicus brief, that individual animals can be considered “victims” of acts of cruelty and neglect. The decision overturned the trial court’s ruling that the state was the lone “victim” in a case where a defendant was convicted of 20 separate counts of animal neglect involving 20 individual horses.
Settlement In Palm Springs Lawsuit Will Mean Improvements In Conditions For Homeless Animals
In June, ALDF and the Palm Springs Animal Shelter settled a lawsuit alleging extremely high euthanasia rates of adoptable animals, lack of veterinary care, and the misuse of the term, “no-kill” at the shelter. This settlement will bring the shelter up to an acceptable standard, making accurate reporting, quality care, and accountability a priority.
Petition to Require Airlines to Report Deaths of Animals Shipped as “Cargo”
In response to an ALDF petition, the Department of Transportation is taking action to require more accurate reporting of the real dangers of shipping animals in commercial airline cargo holds.
Compassion Over Killing v. Cal-Cruz Hatcheries
Represented by ALDF attorneys, Compassion Over Killing filed a complaint in the California Superior Court in Santa Cruz to stop alleged ongoing animal abuse at Cal-Cruz Hatcheries, Inc., a Santa Cruz chicken hatchery that handles millions of chickens per year.
Smith v. Clay County
An outraged citizen represented by the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit against Clay County, Kentucky, taking the county to task for extreme neglect of animals at the county’s shelter, neglect that violated Kentucky’s Humane Shelter Law.
Animal Legal Defense Fund, Animal Welfare Institute, Center for Biological Diversity, and Turtle Island Restoration Network v. British Petroleum America, Inc., British Petroleum Exploration & Production and British Petroleum PLC
The Animal Legal Defense Fund, along with the Animal Welfare Institute, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the Turtle Island Restoration Network achieved a win for endangered turtles in federal court in the lawsuit against British Petroleum and the U.S. Coast Guard for burning critically endangered sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico, in violation of the Endangered Species Act and other federal laws.
United States Equine Rescue League v. Collier
Represented by ALDF, the United States Equine Rescue League (USERL) filed a complaint in Indiana against Robert and Rebecca Collier for the cost for caring for eight severely neglected horses. On October 12, 2010, full and permanent custody of the once-neglected horses was granted to USERL, which has been fostering and rehabilitating the horses since their rescue.
Kasey v. Estill County, Penrod v. Robertson County
Backed by ALDF attorneys, Kentucky citizens filed concurrent lawsuits in Estill and Robertson Counties, taking their local governments to task for failing to provide basic, humane conditions for homeless dogs and cats, as mandated by Kentucky’s Humane Shelter Law.
ALDF v. Keating
The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed suit against three North Carolina residents for severely neglecting eight horses whom they starved – in one case, literally to death – and deprived of all veterinary care.
ALDF v. CorcPork
The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed suit to put an end to the illegal confinement of thousands of pregnant and nursing sows at California’s CorcPork, Inc.
ALDF v. Conyers
A swift settlement in October 2007 protected severely neglected toy poodles and birds seized from AKC champion breeder Janie Conyers.
ALDF v. Woodley
When the Animal Legal Defense Fund heard about 325 dogs living in deplorable conditions in Sanford, North Carolina,we launched an investigation, then filed suit against Barbara and Robert Woodley.
ALDF v. Yost
The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed suit against Hollywood chimpanzee “trainer” Sid “Ranger Rick” Yost for violating the Endangered Species Act and the California anti-cruelty statute by subjecting the chimpanzees in his possession to extreme pain and suffering. Despite shocking eyewitness testimony about the meetings, Yost denied the allegations.