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Whistleblowers Sought as COVID-19 Ravages Industrial Animal Agriculture Industry

A series of billboards, in English and Spanish, are launching near slaughterhouses across the country — offering an online tip portal where industrial animal agriculture workers can report any concerns. Joaquin Phoenix partnered with the Animal Legal Defense Fund in offering and promoting ReportAnimalAg.com to allow individuals to remain anonymous.
July 6, 2020 Farmed Animals
  • Whistleblowers Sought as COVID-19 Ravages Industrial Animal Agriculture Industry

    A series of billboards, in English and Spanish, are launching near slaughterhouses across the country — offering an online tip portal where industrial animal agriculture workers can report any concerns. Joaquin Phoenix partnered with the Animal Legal Defense Fund in offering and promoting ReportAnimalAg.com to allow individuals to remain anonymous.
    July 6, 2020 Press Release
  • Protecting Big Cats

    In this free webinar, Blackfish director Gabriela Cowperthwaite will be joined by a panel of experts to explore the issue of big cat ownership — and the industry that exploits them for profit. Panelists include Animal Legal Defense Fund Staff Attorney Daniel Waltz, and other experts.
  • Infamous Tiger Truck Stop Demolishes Cage That Held Tony the Tiger

    After multiple lawsuits filed and fought by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Tiger Truck Stop has finally stopped exhibiting animals and tore down its cages. The Tiger Truck Stop, the infamous gas station in Gross Tete, Louisiana, held Tony — an endangered Siberian-Bengal tiger — from the age of 6-months until his death at the age of 17 in 2017.
    July 14, 2020 Press Release
  • New White Paper Identifies Root Causes of Zoonotic Disease: Animal Exploitation

    The Animal Legal Defense Fund, the preeminent legal advocate for animals, released the first in a series of white papers providing policy recommendations to reduce our heightened risk from zoonotic diseases like COVID-19 and the next global pandemic, which need only a human-animal interaction to arise.
    June 30, 2020 Press Release

Animal cruelty does not occur in a vacuum, and the failure to fully examine its origins would likely lead to future criminal acts and the continued cycle of abuse and violence.”

Hon. H. Lee Chitwood, Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, Pulaski, VA

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