2007 State Animal Protection Laws Rankings™

Posted on November 13, 2007

The Animal Legal Defense Fund announces the release of its second annual report ranking every state and the District of Columbia on the relative strength and general comprehensiveness of their animal protection laws. This report, the only one of its kind in the nation, is based on a detailed comparative analysis of the animal protection laws of each jurisdiction, researching fourteen distinct categories of provisions throughout more than 2,800 pages of statutes. The ranking groups states into a top, middle or bottom tier, and includes a listing of the best five and worst five states.

“We saw some significant gains by a number of states this year. However, there are still important areas for improvement in every state’s laws, even for those states currently ranked in the top tier,” says Stephan Otto, Animal Legal Defense Fund’s director of legislative affairs and author of the report. “It is our hope that this report will help draw attention both to the states who are leading the country with their strong animal protection laws, as well as to those states at the lower end of the rankings – states with laws that are plainly incapable of adequately protecting animals. Animals do not vote, but those who love and care about them do, so we encourage lawmakers to take notice and work on improving these vital laws.”

Please contact your elected officials and encourage them to support improvements to the laws that protect animals. For additional information, see our Model Animal Protection Laws collection and Animal Protection Laws of the USA & Canada compendium.

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2007 State Animal Protection Laws Rankings

Comparing Overall Strength & Comprehensiveness


Best Five California, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Oregon
Worst Five Arkansas, Alaska, Kentucky, North Dakota, Utah
Top Tier California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Kansas
Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota,
Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington,
West Virginia, Wisconsin, Vermont, Virginia
Middle Tier Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, District of Columbia,
Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri,
Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York,
Nevada, Oklahoma, Ohio, South Carolina
Bottom Tier Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho,
Iowa, Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi,
Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota,
Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wyoming

2007 State Animal Protection Laws Rankings Maps

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Annual Animal Protection Laws Rankings Reports

United States: 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | Current
Canada: 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012


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