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  • Challenging Missouri’s “Meat” Law

    In 2018, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a federal lawsuit challenging a Missouri law that that prevents plant-based meat and cultured meat producers from using “meat” terminology because their products do not come from a…

  • Justice the Horse Sues Abuser

    In May 2018, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a groundbreaking lawsuit in Oregon state court on behalf of an 8-year-old horse named Justice, against Gwendolyn Vercher, who neglected him. The lawsuit seeks to recover the…

  • Calling for Justice for Jay the Cat

    Jay was a well-loved family cat, who was brutally killed on April 28, 2016, at the apartment complex in Centralia, Washington, where Jay and his family lived. Jay’s family and other witnesses saw multiple people squeezing,…

  • Challenging the Treatment of Animals at Farmers Inn

    In August 2018, the Animal Legal Defense Fund served Farmers Inn, a Pennsylvania roadside zoo, with a notice of intent to sue. Farmers Inn maintains endangered animals, including a ring-tailed lemur, black leopard, and gray wolves,…

  • Opposing SeaWorld San Diego Permit for Expansion

    In 2014, SeaWorld announced its “Blue World” plans to expand the tanks at its facility in San Diego. The announcement came in the wake of SeaWorld stock plunging some 30 percent, when the 2013 film BlackFish…

  • Urging Enforcement of the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act

    In 2015, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and a coalition of other animal protection groups submitted a petition for rulemaking to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, calling on the Agency to…

  • Justice for Cecil the Lion

    In 2015, animal lovers all over the world were horrified to learn that American dentist Walter James Palmer paid $50,000 to kill Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, so he could mount Cecil’s head on his wall…

  • Urging Enforcement of Animal Protection Laws at Primate Product

    The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a complaint with Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation against the Florida primate breeding facility Primate Product. The complaint came upon reports of serious mistreatment of animals and apparent…

  • Urging Stronger Protections for Animals Used in Research

    In 2015, the Animal Legal Defense Fund submitted comments to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) requesting that the agency close regulatory loopholes leading to laboratory animals’ intense and unnecessary suffering. We asked the…

  • Challenging Cal EXPO’s Use of Farrowing Crates (2017)

    In 2017 the Animal Legal Defense Fund revived the issues of a 2013 lawsuit and brought a new case along with Humane ARME against the California Exposition and State Fair (Cal Expo) and Regents of the…