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  • 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…

  • Ending Research on Captive Chimpanzees

    After decades of scrutiny and pressure from animal rights groups, the general public and, increasingly, the international community, in 2010 the National Institute of Health (NIH) requisitioned a study from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to…

  • 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 Backyard Butchers in Florida

    In July 2018, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit to shut down four black market backyard slaughter operations outside of Fort Myers, Florida. These operations violate state animal cruelty and slaughter laws, and nuisance…

  • 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…

  • Ending Greyhound Racing in Florida

    On November 6, 2018, Floridians overwhelmingly voted in favor of Amendment 13 – ending the cruel greyhound industry in the state by 2021. Greyhounds previously forced to race will now be able to retire – no…

  • Urging USDA to Protect the Psychological Well-being of Primates

    In 2015, the Animal Legal Defense Fund submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in support of necessary regulatory changes to protect these primates’ psychological well-being. The USDA solicited public comments on the issue…

  • Urging the FDA Not to Restrict Plant-Based Dairy Labels

    The Animal Legal Defense Fund, Compassion Over Killing, and UCLA’s Resnick Center for Food Law & Policy submitted joint comments urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) not to restrict labeling terms on plant-based dairy products…

  • Challenging Factory Farms’ Exemption from Pollution Reporting Requirements

    The Animal Legal Defense Fund joined a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency‘s (EPA) policy of exempting factory farms known as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) from the legal requirement to report the release of…