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  • Challenging North Carolina’s Ag-Gag Law

    In 2016, the Animal Legal Defense Fund — with a coalition of animal protection, consumer rights, food safety, and whistleblower protection organizations — filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a North Carolina law designed…

  • Challenging the Sale of Puppy Mill Dogs – Barkworks Class Action

    In 2014, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit against Barkworks, a Southern California pet store chain with six locations. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of several puppy purchasers tricked by Barkworks into purchasing…

  • Challenging the Sale of Wild Horses from Devil’s Garden, California

    The Animal Legal Defense Fund and the American Wild Horse Campaign filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Forest Service’s plans to round up and sell horses living in the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory in northeast California’s Modoc National Forest.
  • 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

    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 live in abysmal conditions at Puerto Rico’s only official zoo.
  • 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

    The Animal Legal Defense Fund alleges Olympic Game Farm, a roadside zoo in Sequim, Washington, is breaking the Endangered Species Act and state anti-cruelty laws by not providing adequate care for the captive animals in its possession.
  • 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…