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  • Restricting SeaWorld’s Ability to Breed Orcas in California

    On December 30, 2015, SeaWorld filed a lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission. The lawsuit challenged the Commission’s decision to condition approval of SeaWorld San Diego’s permit to modify its orca exhibit upon an express prohibition…

  • War on Wildlife Services: Monterey County

    In 2016, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit in state court challenging Monterey County, California’s contract renewal with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services — a controversial federal program whose main purpose is…

  • Chihuahua Puppy Trapped in Crate and Set on Fire

    On January 22, 2015, a puppy was found burned to death, locked inside of a crate, on the sidewalk in Sacramento, California. The Animal Legal Defense Fund offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the…

  • Increasing Safety Measures After Cat Haven Zoo Death

    In 2013, an intern at Cat Haven Zoo in Northern California was tragically killed by a lion. Diana Hanson, 24, was mauled when Cous Cous the lion escaped his feeding cage and entered a larger enclosure…

  • Urging the Extension of Endangered Status to Captive Chimpanzees

    In 2011, the Animal Legal Defense Fund submitted comments urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to extend endangered status to captive chimpanzees, along with all of the meaningful legal protections such a listing entails.…

  • Challenging Judy’s Family Farm Organic Eggs’ Deceptive Advertising

    In 2014, the Animal Legal Defense Fund settled a false-advertising lawsuit against Defendant Steven Mahrt, doing business as Petaluma Farms and owner of Judy’s Family Farm Organic Eggs. The lawsuit alleged that imagery and statements used…

  • Challenging Cricket Hollow Zoo’s Care of Endangered Species (2014)

    Life was not good for the animals at the Cricket Hollow Zoo in Manchester, Iowa. Five tigers died in the span of two years, due to inadequate veterinary care. Another tiger was found to be suffering…

  • Argument for an Animals’ Intrinsic Value

    In 2012, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed amicus briefs in two consolidated California cases, in which the issue at stake was whether a plaintiff could recover veterinary expenses if those expenses exceeded the market value…

  • Seeking Justice for 50,000 Hens Abandoned by A & L Poultry

    In February 2012, Andy Cheung and Lien Diep, doing business as A & L Poultry, allegedly abandoned 50,000 hens hens without food at a facility near Turlock, which led to the largest farmed animal rescue in…

  • The Woodley Case

    Updates: June 2009: Check out the Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Woodley feature in the June 2009 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. November 30, 2007: The Animal Legal Defense Fund received the Lee County Court’s final order of judgment…