On the Ground for Elephants in KenyaJanuary 7, 2014
In December, I traveled to Kenya to attend the first National Judicial Dialogue on Wildlife and Environmental Crimes.
In Memoriam: Dr. Mel RichardsonJanuary 6, 2014
It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to a dear friend of the animals and of ALDF. Dr. Mel Richardson, affectionately known as Dr. Mel to his friends and colleagues, passed away on January 2 at the age of 63.
Animals Were Harmed – the Suffering of Animals Who Entertain UsJanuary 3, 2014
The entertainment industry makes a lot of money displaying animals for our amusement. That’s why animals appear regularly in movies, commercials, amusement parks, even remote truck stops or pitiful roadside zoos.
Environmentalism as a Form of Animal RightsDecember 23, 2013
As the field of animal law grows, with more classes, books, cases on file and precedent, many wonder how animal law relates to the field of environmental law, which is similar in many ways.
Call to Keep Gray Wolf Protections in PlaceDecember 4, 2013
We need your help to protect gray wolves today!
Fur Flies in West Hollywood Showdown over City BanNovember 15, 2013
Today, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a friend of the court brief with the U.S. District Court, Central District of California on behalf of the city of West Hollywood, which is the target of a fur-related lawsuit by the high-priced West Hollywood fashion boutique Mayfair House, Inc.
Industry on Trial: How Many More Must Die?November 12, 2013
Why would SeaWorld, a multi-billion dollar company, spend years in court fighting a $75,000 fine, even after the fine was reduced to $12,000? One reason: they don’t want to admit the truth.
The Ghosts in Our Machine: A Film by Liz MarshallOctober 31, 2013
This Halloween, let’s reflect on real ghosts: the billions of animals exploited for food, fur, and in laboratories, and the hidden suffering they endure.
SeaWorld’s Secret is OutOctober 29, 2013
On October 24th, 1.4 million people tuned in to CNN to watch Blackfish, the documentary that exposes the dark side of orca captivity.
Look, Don’t TouchOctober 25, 2013
Dozens of facilities across the United States advertise what seems like a fun and harmless activity: allow members of the public, including children, to handle and play with exotic animals.
Sick, Neglected Animals Documented at Notorious Jambbas RanchOctober 24, 2013
PETA and the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) have filed an urgent, formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that includes photographs taken by a visitor to Fayetteville-based Jambbas Ranch Tours on October 20.
Ban LA Elephant Bullhooks!October 22, 2013
On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, the Los Angeles City Council will be voting on a recommendation to ban the use of sharp, steel bullhooks, and other repugnant devices on elephants in any public performance.
Legally Brief: The Government’s Secret War on WildlifeSeptember 26, 2013
A secretive government agency out of control, killing for the sake of killing… not a far-fetched fiction, but rather the reality within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services.
Saving Moon Bears: Interview with Jill RobinsonSeptember 25, 2013
ALDF recently spoke with Jill Robinson about Jasper’s Story: Saving Moon Bears a beautifully illustrated children’s book. Jill, founder of Animals Asia, has been recognized globally for her work with Animals Asia, which has established animal sanctuaries in China and Vietnam and rescued hundreds of moon bears from the “bear bile” industry.
Dolphin-Safe: Don’t Buy the HypeSeptember 18, 2013
Like the ocean’s tides, consumer consciousness regarding the animal welfare impacts of their purchases ebb and flow.