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  • 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…

  • Challenging Missouri’s Meat Labeling Law

    In 2018, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a federal lawsuit challenging a Missouri law that that prevents plant-based meat and cultured meat producers from using “meat” terminology because their products do not come from a…

  • Justice the Horse Sues Abuser

    In May 2018, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a groundbreaking lawsuit in Oregon state court on behalf of an 8-year-old horse named Justice, against Gwendolyn Vercher, who neglected him. The lawsuit seeks to recover the…

  • Ben the Bear Caged at Roadside Zoo in North Carolina

    In 2012, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, along with PETA and two residents of Cumberland County, North Carolina, filed suit against Jambbas Ranch Tours in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The roadside zoo had numerous “Animal (AWA) citations…

  • Calling for Justice for Jay the Cat

    Jay was a well-loved family cat, who was brutally killed on April 28, 2016, at the apartment complex in Centralia, Washington, where Jay and his family lived. Jay’s family and other witnesses saw multiple people squeezing,…