The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission is to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system.
McHenry County, Illinois Selected for Animal Cruelty Response Pilot Program
The Animal Legal Defense Fund selected the county after reviewing applicants from across the country
Lawsuit Seeks to Force USDA to Recognize Its Authority to Take Possession of Animals When Agency Revokes Licenses
The lawsuit asserts the agency must be able to remove animals if the USDA has deemed the facility unable to provide minimum standards of care set out by the Animal Welfare Act.
George Mason University Students Urge Ban of Professional Bull Riders After Video Release
Video of downed bull with broken leg, struggling to get up, and being dragged from arena
Joaquin Phoenix, Billie Eilish, Hilary Swank, and 22 Additional Celebrities Urge the New York City Council to Ban Horse and Carriage Rides
Edie Falco, Marisa Tomei, Kate Mara, and more join the Animal Legal Defense Fund in calling for an end to this cruel industry
Court Strikes Down Iowa Recording Ban Ag-Gag Law
Public interest coalition celebrates another win against unconstitutional law barring undercover investigations at factory farms
Consumer Protection Law will Prohibit Financing of Puppies and Kittens in California
Predatory financing law bans loans that often trap borrowers with high interest rates
Legal Petition Urges USDA to Track All Animal Deaths at Zoos
Petition urges recordkeeping of all deaths and reporting to the agency every three years from Animal Welfare Act licensees
Animal Legal Defense Fund Will Seek Justice for Abused Horse in Oregon’s Highest Court
Following the dismissal of Justice’s case upheld on appeal, the Animal Legal Defense Fund continues to seek accountability under the law.
Seventy-One Percent of NYC Voters Support a Ban on Horse and Carriage Rides According to New Poll
The new poll showing overwhelming support for a horse-drawn carriage ban follows a viral video of an elderly 28 to 30-year-old horse named Ryder collapsing on a New York City street
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
Oregon Supreme Court Denies Petition to Review Case Involving Lawsuit on Behalf of Abused HorseLawsuit sheds light on the need to recognize legal rights for animal cruelty victims.March 7, 2023 Press Release