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  • “Puppy Laundering” Scheme Violates California Law

    The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit against the Animal Kingdom pet store and purported rescue group Bark Adoptions for engaging in a puppy laundering scheme to unlawfully circumvent the California law that bans the…

  • Challenging FSA’s Medium-sized CAFO Exemptions

    On December 5, 2018, a coalition of organizations, including the Animal Legal Defense Fund, filed a lawsuit challenging a 2016 regulation issued by the Farm Service Agency that exempts medium-sized concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) from…

  • Opposing USDA’s Attempt to Withdraw Rules Design to Protect Animals on Organic Farms

    In 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) was scheduled to implement rules that would provide basic protections for farmed animals at organic farms — like giving hens access to the outdoors, setting maximum stocking densities…

  • Challenging Landry’s Treatment of Endangered Tigers

    In 2017, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed suit against Houston’s Downtown Aquarium and Landry’s Inc., alleging violations of the federal Endangered Species Act due to the treatment of four tigers, who are kept in substandard…

  • Challenging North Carolina’s Ag-Gag Law

    In 2016, the Animal Legal Defense Fund — with a coalition of animal protection, consumer rights, food safety, and whistleblower protection organizations — filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a North Carolina law designed…

  • Challenging the Sale of Wild Horses from Devil’s Garden, California

    The Animal Legal Defense Fund and the American Wild Horse Campaign filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Forest Service’s plans to round up and sell horses living in the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory in northeast…

  • Protecting Our Constitutional Right to Liberty

    The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit to protect Americans’ right to liberty, which courts have called the right to be let alone, and to compel federal government action on climate change. The plaintiffs include…

  • Challenging Kansas’s Ag-Gag Law

    On December 5, 2018, The Animal Legal Defense Fund — with the Center for Food Safety, Public Justice, and Kansas-area farmed animal organizations, Shy 38, Inc., and Hope Sanctuary — filed a lawsuit in Kansas challenging…

  • Seek Permit Revocation of Puerto Rico Zoo

    In October 2018, the Animal Legal Defense Fund submitted complaints to the Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture and the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources. More than 100 animals, including an African elephant named Mundi and…

  • Challenging the Treatment of Captive Animals at Olympic Game Farm

    In September 2018, the Animal Legal Defense Fund sent notice to Olympic Game Farm, a roadside zoo in Sequim, Washington, declaring its intent to sue the facility for keeping animals — including lions, gray wolves, and…