An Evening with the Animal Legal Defense Fund-Washington DC
On Saturday, July 21, the Animal Legal Defense Fund hosted “An Evening with the Animal Legal Defense Fund.” Located just a stone’s throw away from Mount Vernon at the charming Alexandrian Hotel in Old Town Alexandria, guests who braved that night’s stormy weather were greeted by Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells, and board members Andrea Arden, Elizabeth Hess, Sarah Luick, and Jim Rockenbach.
Steve took the podium to speak about the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission. His remarks were accompanied by a slideshow presentation, which featured photographs and video showing the impact of the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s work on the lives of so many animals.
The slideshow also highlighted our most recent victory, involving the Deer Haven Mini Zoo, a Maryland roadside zoo we sued for violating the federal Endangered Species Act and state animal cruelty laws.
Thanks to our lawsuit, Deer Haven’s owners agreed to voluntarily relinquish some of the animals on the property. Event attendees saw photos of Animal Legal Defense Fund staff — Associate Director of Communications Elizabeth Putsche, staff attorney Daniel Lutz, and Campaign Manager Elizabeth Holtz — participating in the hands-on rescue of the animals, including two lemurs, a bobcat, six arctic foxes, four cavies, and a coatimundi.
The evening offered hors d’oeuvres, drinks, music and an open room for all in attendance to meet and discuss their passion for animals.
Animal Legal Defense Fund initiated a lawsuit against Deer Haven Mini Zoo for violations of Endangered Species Act and state animal cruelty lawsJuly 19, 2018 Press Release
Animal Advocates Announce Intent to Sue Maryland Roadside Zoo for Violating Endangered Species Act and State Animal Cruelty LawThe notice letter offers to assist with the relocation of the animals to sanctuaries but cautions that the Animal Legal Defense Fund will file the lawsuit if illegal conditions persist.April 24, 2018 Press Release
On September 28, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1249, making California the first state to ban the sale of most cosmetics tested on animals. The new law goes into effect January 1, 2020.