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  • Case Study: Animal Hoarding – Vikki Kittles

    Vikki Rene Kittles, also known as Susan Dietrich, Rene Depenbrock, and Lynn Zellan, has a history of animal hoarding that goes back decades and spans the United States from the Southeast to the Northwest. She has effectively evaded…

  • Abuse at Los Angeles Zoo

    In 2007, Los Angeles resident and taxpayer Aaron Leider sued the City of Los Angeles and the director of the Los Angeles Zoo to end the abuse of three of the zoo’s elephants. Billy, Tina, and…

  • Challenge the Killing of Thousands of Cormorants

    In 2014, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services announced a plan to shoot and kill more than 10,000 double-crested cormorants in the Columbia River…

  • Challenging the USDA for Licensing Miami Seaquarium

    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’s been deprived of company since 1980, when her…

  • Candy the Chimp Caged at Dixie Landin’

    When the Animal Legal Defense Fund brought suit in 2015, Candy was a 50-year-old chimpanzee. She’d been held captive for decades, alone in a barren cage at Dixie Landin’, an amusement park in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.…

  • Challenging Wyoming Coyote-Killing Contests

    In January 2017, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a complaint in state court on behalf of a Wyoming resident in an attempt to stop a coyote-killing contest scheduled to take place in her county. The…

  • Urging the Court to Consider Animals’ Value

    The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed an amicus brief in a Washington state case stemming from the death of a toy poodle following an unauthorized procedure by her veterinarian. Our brief asked the court to hold…