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Farmed Animal Cruelty Prosecution Guides

A Resource for Prosecutors and Other Law Enforcement Officials - Illinois and Florida

The goal of these Guides is to assist prosecutors and law enforcement agents at all levels of government with the various stages—from crime scene to courtroom—of animal cruelty cases involving farmed animals.

In an effort to support prosecutors in holding offenders accountable for cruel conduct, this Guide explains which laws apply to farmed animals, and how to apply them when building a successful criminal cruelty case.


Illinois has the strongest animal protection laws in the country. The 2018 Farmed Animals Prosecution Guide is designed for prosecutors in Illinois, and is password protected. To request the password, please contact action1@aldf.org.


The 2019 Farmed Animals Prosecution Guide is designed for prosecutors in Florida, and is password protected. To request the password, please contact action1@aldf.org.

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