ALDF Celebrates 30 Years of Fighting Animal Abuse

Posted on August 17, 2009

Join us as we celebrate our 30th anniversary at the Animal Legal Defense Fund!

In 1979, a San Francisco attorney named Joyce Tischler put an ad in her local legal newspaper calling for attorneys, like herself, to join forces to put their legal skills into practice to protect animals. There was no “animal law” as a field of practice yet, but Joyce and the handful of attorneys who answered her ad felt its time had come. They didn’t know it yet – but the Animal Legal Defense Fund and animal law as a recognized field of practice were born.

Celebrate 30 years of winning the case against cruelty with us this week, with special features about landmarks in ALDF history, a look back through our archives, and new ways you can take action to help animals today.

Celebrate with us!

Let us know you’re celebrating with us! Read ALDF Founder Joyce Tischler’s blog post about how it all began and sign our guest book.

Watch this video about ALDF’s work to help animals:

Revisit some of our most memorable cases of the last 30 years and take action to help animals! Sign on your support by taking action right now:

A baby burro The Burros at China Lake
In March 1981, the U.S. Navy secretly shot and killed 648 feral
burros at the Naval Weapons Center in China Lake, California. In the
organization’s first big case, ALDF argued that the Navy had violated
the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). After months of negotiation, a settlement was reached and no additional burros were killed.
Take action!
Sign ALDF’s Animal Bill of Rights.

Barney ALDF v. Glickman
When ALDF discovered a chimpanzee named Barney in a U.S. Department of
Agriculture-licensed roadside zoo in 1996, he was languishing in
solitary confinement on the cement floor of a cage. ALDF sued the USDA for failing to set standards to protect primates under the federal Animal Welfare Act.

Take action!
Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.

Rescued puppies ALDF v. Woodley
When ALDF was notified about more than 300 dogs suffering in filthy conditions on the property of Barbara and Robert Woodley, ALDF went to court to gain custody of the animals in the largest civil action challenging animal cruelty in American history. In 2005, the Woodleys were found guilty of multiple counts of animal cruelty and all of the dogs were placed in new loving homes.
Take action!
Support ALDF’s First Strike and You’re Out law.

Donate to help ALDF continue to win the case against cruelty.

Take a quick survey and let us know how we’ve done the last 30 years and where you want to see us in the future.

We’ve come a long way! Take a look at these early issues of The Animals’ Advocate, ALDF’s quarterly newsletter. (Click an image below to open the PDF.)

1986 1990 2001
ALDF's Newsletter in 1986 The Animals' Advocate in 1990 The Animals' Advocate in 2001


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