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Tofurky Files First Amendment Challenge Against Louisiana Label Censorship Law

Lawsuit Challenges Law Designed to Disadvantage Plant-Based Products
Exemptions have allowed dairies unlimited water in eastern Oregon as new facilities aim to build in critical groundwater areas
Charter Question 1 would recognize county waters have the right to be free from pollution
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Governor Newsom Signs Bill Protecting Wild Animals from Super-Toxic Rat Poisons

California is the first state to enact safeguards for second generation anticoagulant rodenticides

Lawsuit Challenges New NEPA Regulations that Shield CAFOs from Environmental Review

Extreme changes to the regulations have widespread consequences for animals, surrounding communities, and the environment
Reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for illegally trapping a coyote in Essex County, Massachusetts

California Slaughterhouse Illegally Uses Vast Quantities of Water to Cruelly Kill Chickens

Animal Legal Defense Fund sues Foster Farms for violating California law by using cruel, water-intensive slaughter method during megadrought
Ventilation shutdown and water-based foam methods used to kill animal populations during the pandemic are among the cruelest ways to kill farmed animals

Miyoko’s Preliminary Injunction Granted to Retain Labels without Threat of Enforcement as Case Continues

The lawsuit challenges unconstitutional restrictions placed on plant-based dairy producer Miyoko’s


  • Court Allows Lawsuit Against FDA to Proceed

    The United States District Court for the Northern District of California ruled in favor of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and its co-plaintiffs, denying an attempt by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to dismiss a lawsuit against the agency.
    February 23, 2021 Press Release
  • Courtroom Animal Advocate Program Bill Passes New Jersey Senate

    A Courtroom Animal Advocate Program (CAAP) bill, S.2868/A.4533, which would allow law students and volunteer lawyers to advocate for animal victims in cruelty criminal cases, unanimously passed the New Jersey Senate. The bill is sponsored by Senator Nicholas Scutari and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji and endorsed by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
    February 19, 2021 Press Release
  • State Animal Protection Laws Ranked: Maine is #1, New Mexico #50

    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