National Justice for Animals Week 2017

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The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s National Justice for Animals Week is an annual event dedicated to raising public awareness about animal abuse, how to report it, and how to work within your community to create stronger laws and ensure tough enforcement. Join the Animal Legal Defense Fund for a week of action for animals, February 26 – March 4, 2017!

Luke the pitbull is our National Justice for Animals Week 2017 mascot. He's in a loving home today, but it was a hard fight to get him there.

Luke the pit bull is our National Justice for Animals Week 2017 mascot. He’s in a loving home today, but it was a hard fight to get him there.

Luke the pit bull is the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s National Justice for Animals Week 2017 mascot. Luke is in a loving home today, but it was a hard fight to get him there. When Luke was just a puppy, he suffered a painful shattered shoulder when his guardian allegedly threw him against a wall. The owner was acquitted of cruelty charges in court, but the prosecutor didn’t want to return Luke to a dangerous situation and contacted us. The Animal Legal Defense Fund stepped in and developed a creative legal strategy that allowed Luke to be adopted out into a safe and loving home. Each year the criminal justice system fails animal victims of abuse, and Luke is a great example of how we can make the laws work to protect animals.

Take Action

Here are actions you can take.

  1. Join the SALDF chapter at your school. For more information, visit saldf.org.
  2. Sign the Animal Bill of Rights.
  3. Download the eleventh edition of Animal Protection Laws of the USA & Canada. Familiarize yourself with your state or provincial laws.
  4. Learn about our campaign to shut down puppy mills and talk with your friends and family about why they should adopt, not shop.
  5. Don’t just read the news–make it! Write a letter to the editor about an issue involving animals in your area.
  6. Connect with the Animal Legal Defense Fund on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

America’s Top Ten Animal Defenders 2017

The Animal Legal Defense Fund would like to honor law enforcement, prosecutors, and legislators who make and enforce tough laws protecting animals.

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