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  • 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 (2013)

    California has long been a leader in animal protection laws. But pigs kept at the California State Fair have suffered greatly, at taxpayer expense: pigs who recently gave birth being were exhibited in body-gripping “farrowing crates”…

  • Challenging St. Louis’ Horse-Drawn Carriage Industry’s Animal Welfare Practices

    In St. Louis, horse-led carriage rides are particularly popular during the holiday season, from November through the end of January. But the city’s horse carriage industry is rife with cruelty and harm, even death. Carriage horses…

  • Seeking National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

    In 2015, the Obama administration released a National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, to address the public health crisis of increasing antibiotic resistance. Farmed animals in the United States are regularly given antibiotics for a…

  • Urging USDA investigation of Meat Animal Research Center

    In 2015, a New York Times investigation exposed horrific animal cruelty at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Meat Animal Research Center in Nebraska. The Times detailed deeply disturbing incidents of cruelty at this taxpayer-funded facility for…

  • Defense of Chicago’s Foie Gras Ban

    In 2006, Chicago’s City Council enacted a ban on the sale of foie gras, a “delicacy” produced by cruelly force feeding ducks and geese until their livers swell to many times their normal size. The Illinois…

  • Supreme Court: Military Sonar Effect on Marine Life

    In Winter v. Natural Resources Defense Council, the Supreme Court addressed the legality of military sonar exercises believed to cause significant harm to marine life, including whales and dolphins. The Animal Legal Defense Fund joined a coalition…

  • Supreme Court: Depictions of Cruelty

    In United States v. Stevens, the Supreme Court addressed the constitutionality of 18 U.S.C. § 48, a law prohibiting the sale and possession of depictions of animal cruelty that lack social value. As the first Supreme…

  • Case Study: Animal Fighting – Craig Boyd

    With the exception of Craig Boyd, the names in this article have been changed. The case of dogfighter Craig Boyd illustrates how failing to prosecute operators aggressively, issuing lenient sentences for the convicted, and completely ignoring…

  • Case Study: Animal Fighting – Michael Vick

    Animal fighting has been brought to the forefront of the nation’s attention by the highly publicized conviction of NFL star quarterback Michael Vick and three of his associates on federal and state charges related to illegal dogfighting. Vick…