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  • Supreme Court: Military Sonar Effect on Marine Life

    In Winter v. Natural Resources Defense Council, the Supreme Court addressed the legality of military sonar exercises believed to cause significant harm to marine life, including whales and dolphins. The Animal Legal Defense Fund joined a coalition…

  • Case Study: Animal Fighting – Craig Boyd

    With the exception of Craig Boyd, the names in this article have been changed. The case of dogfighter Craig Boyd illustrates how failing to prosecute operators aggressively, issuing lenient sentences for the convicted, and completely ignoring…

  • Case Study: Animal Fighting – Michael Vick

    Animal fighting has been brought to the forefront of the nation’s attention by the highly publicized conviction of NFL star quarterback Michael Vick and three of his associates on federal and state charges related to illegal dogfighting. Vick…

  • 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…

  • Tony the Tiger: The Individual

    The Animal Legal Defense Fund requested that the USDA conduct an inspection of Tony the Tiger after learning that his health was in decline. We submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the inspection…

  • 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…

  • 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.…