Candy the Chimp’s Case is Over, But Our Fight for Captive Animals Goes On
In 2015, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit under the Endangered Species Act against Sam Haynes Jr. and Dixie Landin’ amusement park, located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for holding Candy the Chimpanzee in inadequate conditions in a virtually barren concrete cage by herself for more than 40 years.
Tragically, Candy died in April at Dixie Landin’ before we were able to win her release to a sanctuary, and the case has been dismissed.
We are deeply saddened by Candy’s death, but will continue to fight in Candy’s memory for other abused and exploited captive wild animals. Chimpanzees like Candy deserve the right to flourish in their natural environments, free from human-imposed suffering; the Animal Legal Defense Fund will continue to fight for legal recognition of that right.
The Edge of Extinction: Hundreds of Vulnerable Animal Species in Danger under Endangered Species Act RollbacksThe government announced distressing changes to the Endangered Species Act – weakening one of our nation’s most important animal protection laws. The ESA has prevented the extinction of numerous including the northern gray wolf and the Florida manatee.August 21, 2019 News
Dr. Juan A. Rivero National Zoological Park has been illegally operating without federal license for more than a year.April 4, 2019 Press Release
In 2016, the Animal Legal Defense Fund became the first to successfully use the Endangered Species Act on behalf of captive animals held at Cricket Hollow Zoo in Iowa.February 25, 2019 Webinar