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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Endangered Species Act Challenge Regarding Lolita the Orca

    Lolita the orca is held captive at the Miami Seaquarium, in a small tank with no protection from the sun. While orcas are highly social animals, Lolita has been deprived of company since 1980, when her…

  • Frankie’s intrinsic value

    On an October evening in 2014, Florida resident Micheline Boutin brought her dog Frankie to the Saint Augustine Regional Veterinary Emergency Center, where a veterinarian diagnosed Frankie with gastric dilatation volvulus. This condition, commonly called “bloat”…

  • Oppose the Florida Black Bear Hunt

    In 2015, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission authorized the killing of 320 black bears in the first Florida black bear hunt allowed in the state since 1994. A group called Speak Up Wekiva, Inc.…

  • Urging OSHA and USDA to investigate zookeeper death

    On April 15, 2016, zookeeper Stacey Konwiser was attacked and killed by a tiger at the Palm Beach Zoo in West Palm Beach, Florida. Konwiser had been in a part of the enclosure where the tiger…