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  • 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 National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

    In 2015, the Obama administration released a National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, to address the public health crisis of increasing antibiotic resistance. Farmed animals in the United States are regularly given antibiotics for a…

  • Urging USDA investigation of Meat Animal Research Center

    In 2015, a New York Times investigation exposed horrific animal cruelty at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Meat Animal Research Center in Nebraska. The Times detailed deeply disturbing incidents of cruelty at this taxpayer-funded facility for…

  • 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 Idaho’s Ag-Gag Law

    In 2012, an undercover investigator for Mercy for Animals filmed dairy workers in Idaho violently abusing cows. Idaho’s legislature responded by passing an Ag-Gag law that makes it a crime to conduct undercover agricultural investigations. Such…

  • 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…

  • Animal Welfare Records Blackout

    In February 2017, the Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for removing tens of thousands of animal welfare records from the agency’s website. The removed records include enforcement actions taken…

  • Research Breeding Facility: Ruby Fur Farm

    Ruby Fur Farm is an Iowa facility that breeds ferrets, skunks, raccoons, and foxes to sell as research test subjects and “unique” pets. The business has a long history of disregarding the minimal care that the…

  • Defense of Chicago’s Foie Gras Ban

    In 2006, Chicago’s City Council enacted a ban on the sale of foie gras, a “delicacy” produced by cruelly force feeding ducks and geese until their livers swell to many times their normal size. The Illinois…

  • 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…