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  • Challenging Cal EXPO’s Use of Farrowing Crates (2017)

    In 2017 the Animal Legal Defense Fund revived the issues of a 2013 lawsuit and brought a new case along with Humane ARME against the California Exposition and State Fair (Cal Expo) and Regents of the…

  • Challenging Stockton Animal Shelters Care of Animals

    The Stockton Animal Shelter in Stockton, California, was rife with serious problems. The facility euthanized animals earlier than legally permitted, denied access to animals who could be saved by the public or rescuers, did not provide…

  • California Bull Run

    The Great Bull Run was a dangerous and cruel event modeled after Pamplona, in which dozens of panicked bulls are forced to stampede down a narrow track after up to a thousand runners, many of whom…

  • Seeking Enforcement of Pennsylvania’s Dog Law

    In 2008, as part of the Pennsylvania Dog Law, the Pennsylvania state legislature enacted some of the most comprehensive regulations on commercial dog breeders in the nation. The law was aimed primarily at  easing the suffering…

  • Challenging Utah’s Ag-Gag Law

    In 2012, Utah enacted an Ag-Gag law which criminalized the collection of evidence of animal abuse on factory farms. The law made recording agricultural operations a crime, even for reporters and activists investigating criminal animal abuse…

  • Challenge of Denver, CO Pitbull Ban

    In 2008, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed an amicus curiae brief in a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality Denver’s ban on pit bulls. This ban — in place since 1989, with a one-year moratorium in…

  • Animaland Zoological Park

    In 2016, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed suit against the Animaland Zoological Park in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. The Animal Legal Defense Fund argued that Animaland’s poor treatment of a gray wolf named Bear and a Siberian…

  • Lawsuit Against University of WI to Produce Research Records on Monkeys

    In 2014, the University of Wisconsin-Madison announced plans to conduct a series of extremely cruel experiments on newborn monkeys. The taxpayer-funded research involved removing 20 rhesus macaques from their mothers on their first day of life.…

  • Challenge Mendocino County, CA Contract with Wildlife Services

    In 2014, Mendocino County, California, entered into a $144,000 contract with Wildlife Services, a controversial federal program whose main purpose is to kill animals. The Animal Legal Defense Fund and a coalition of environmental and animal…

  • Revoke Permit for Tony the Truck Stop Tiger

    On April 11, 2011, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and its secretary Robert Barham, arguing that he violated state law in granting a permit…