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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Challenging Stockton Animal Shelters Care of Animals

    The Stockton Animal Shelter in Stockton, California, was rife with serious problems. The facility euthanized animals earlier than legally permitted, denied access to animals who could be saved by the public or rescuers, did not provide…

  • 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…

  • Challenging the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Regulation of Puppy Mills

    In 2008, as part of the Pennsylvania Dog Law, the Pennsylvania state legislature enacted some of the most comprehensive regulations on commercial dog breeders in the nation. The law was aimed primarily at  easing the suffering…

  • California Bull Run

    The Great Bull Run was a dangerous and cruel event modeled after Pamplona, in which dozens of panicked bulls are forced to stampede down a narrow track after up to a thousand runners, many of whom…

  • Seeking Enforcement of Pennsylvania’s Dog Law

    In 2008, as part of the Pennsylvania Dog Law, the Pennsylvania state legislature enacted some of the most comprehensive regulations on commercial dog breeders in the nation. The law was aimed primarily at  easing the suffering…

  • Challenging Utah’s Ag-Gag Law

    In 2012, Utah enacted an Ag-Gag law which criminalized the collection of evidence of animal abuse on factory farms. The law made recording agricultural operations a crime, even for reporters and activists investigating criminal animal abuse…

  • Challenge of Denver, CO Pitbull Ban

    In 2008, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed an amicus curiae brief in a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality Denver’s ban on pit bulls. This ban — in place since 1989, with a one-year moratorium in…

  • Fighting to Bring Kristen Lindsey to Justice

    Kristen Lindsey is a Texas veterinarian, who in 2015 shot and killed her neighbor’s cat Tiger with a bow and arrow. Her action came to light when she posted a photo of herself on Facebook, grinning…