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  • Strengthening Protections for Carriage Horses Forced to Work in Extreme Heat

    Every summer, New York City carriage horses struggle during the hottest months, standing in congested traffic without shade while waiting for fares. These horses are forced to work day in and day out, rain or shine,…

  • Banning the Sale of Foie Gras in New York City

    Foie gras is a cruelly-produced “gourmet” delicacy that comes from force-feeding young ducks and geese until their livers swell to up to eight times their natural size. Ducks and geese raised for foie gras endure painful…

  • 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…