The legal voice for all animals
The Animal Legal Defense Fund files high-impact lawsuits to protect animals from harm, provides free legal assistance and training to prosecutors in their fight against animal cruelty, supports animal protection legislation, and provides resources and opportunities to law students and professionals to advance the field of animal law.
Lawsuit Challenges University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Censorship of Controversial Primate Research on Instagram and Facebook Accounts
The Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, has released the 15th annual year-end U.S. Animal Protection Laws Rankings Report (2020), ranking the animal protection laws of all 50 states.February 17, 2021 Press Release
Lawsuit Challenges University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Censorship of Controversial Primate Research on Instagram and Facebook AccountsThe Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit on behalf of Madeline Krasno, a former employee of one of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's controversial primate research labs, who has been prevented from posting truthful comments on the university’s otherwise public Instagram and Facebook posts.February 9, 2021 Press Release
The $25,000 scholarship is available to a second-year law student at the University, and includes a clerkship with the nonprofitFebruary 3, 2021 Press Release
Breeding operation, Adorable Stars, sells parasite-ridden kittens suffering from severe and fatal ailmentsFebruary 2, 2021 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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Animal Legal Defense Fund v. United States of America
While Craigslist officially bans companion animal sales, they continue on the site under the guise of “rehoming.” Meanwhile, sales of animals not typically classified as companions — like pigs and chickens — are permitted, putting these animals in danger.