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Legal Petition Demands New York Department of Environmental Conservation Revoke Animal Adventure Park Exhibitor License
Kate Mara to Pay Adoption Fees for All Canine CellMates Dog Graduates in Need of Immediate Homes
Legal Petition Demands New York Department of Environmental Conservation Revoke Animal Adventure Park Exhibitor LicenseNumerous violations documented at the facility of inadequate animal careMarch 16, 2023 Press Release
Kate Mara to Pay Adoption Fees for All Canine CellMates Dog Graduates in Need of Immediate HomesAlternative sentencing program in Fulton County, Georgia pairs shelter dogs with criminal defendants to offer both training and a second chanceMarch 16, 2023 Press Release
EPA to Publish Slaughterhouse Water Pollution Standards Following LawsuitThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its intent to publish updated water pollution control standards for slaughterhouses, following a lawsuit filed by a coalition of community and conservation organizations late last year.March 1, 2023 News
Fourth Circuit Enjoins North Carolina Ag-Gag LawThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit handed an important win to plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s Ag-Gag law, ruling that undercover investigations and whistleblowing are considered newsgathering activities protected by the First Amendment.February 23, 2023 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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Challenging the Treatment of Captive Animals at Olympic Game Farm
Animal Legal Defense Fund vs. Olympic Game Farm
Defending California’s Proposition 12 Against Iowa Industry Group’s Challenge
Iowa Pork Producers Association v. Bonta
Challenging the USDA’s Secret Policy on Laboratory Inspections
Rise for Animals v. USDA
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