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  • Demanding Records Related to Puerto Rico Zoo’s Terminated License

    The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), seeking records regarding the termination of Puerto Rico’s only official zoo’s Exhibitor’s License under the…

  • Lawsuit Against Barbour County for Violating State Animal Control Law

    In 2016, residents filed a lawsuit against Barbour County, Alabama, to compel the county to abide by a state law requiring the county to maintain a pound for the holding of dogs, cats and ferrets, and…

  • Ending Intensive Confinement in California

    In 2018, Californians voted to enact Prop 12, taking another major step towards ending the intensive confinement of farmed animals. Expanding on 2008’s Prop 2 victory, which prohibited certain farm animals from being confined in a…

  • Prosecution for Maryland Dog Freezing to Death

    The Animal Legal Defense Fund funded the necropsy of an elderly dog named Oscar, who died sometime between December 30, 2017, and January 1, 2018, when he was kept outside of his owner’s home in Baltimore…

  • Challenging the Sale of Puppy Mill Dogs – Barkworks Class Action

    In 2014, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit against Barkworks, a Southern California pet store chain with six locations. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of several puppy purchasers tricked by Barkworks into purchasing…

  • Ending Research on Captive Chimpanzees

    After decades of scrutiny and pressure from animal rights groups, the general public and, increasingly, the international community, in 2010 the National Institute of Health (NIH) requisitioned a study from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to…

  • Challenging Backyard Butchers in Florida

    In July 2018, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit to shut down four black market backyard slaughter operations outside of Fort Myers, Florida. These operations violate state animal cruelty and slaughter laws, and nuisance…

  • Ending Greyhound Racing in Florida

    On November 6, 2018, Floridians overwhelmingly voted in favor of Amendment 13 – ending the cruel greyhound industry in the state by 2021. Greyhounds previously forced to race will now be able to retire – no…

  • Ben the Bear Caged at Roadside Zoo in North Carolina

    In 2012, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, along with PETA and two residents of Cumberland County, North Carolina, filed suit against Jambbas Ranch Tours in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The roadside zoo had numerous “Animal (AWA) citations…

  • Urging California Air Resources Board to Regulate Factory Farm Emissions

    California is legally obligated to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to stave the devastating effects of climate change. The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 requires California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels…