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  • 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 policy of exempting most factory farms from the legal requirement to report the release of hazardous materials into the environment.
  • 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 2018, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a groundbreaking lawsuit on behalf of an 8-year-old horse named Justice. If successful, this lawsuit will be the first to establish that animals have a legal right to sue their abusers in court.
  • 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,…

  • Challenging the Treatment of Animals at Farmers Inn

    In 2018 the Animal Legal Defense Fund sent a notice of intent to sue Farmers Inn, a roadside zoo in Sigel, Pennsylvania, for violations of the Endangered Species Act and state public nuisance standards based on violations of state wildlife protection laws.
  • Urging California Air Resources Board to Regulate Factory Farm Emissions

    California is legally obligated to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to stave the devastating effects of climate change. The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 requires California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels…

  • Opposing SeaWorld San Diego Permit for Expansion

    In 2014, SeaWorld announced its “Blue World” plans to expand the tanks at its facility in San Diego. The announcement came in the wake of SeaWorld stock plunging some 30 percent, when the 2013 film BlackFish…

  • Urging Enforcement of the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act

    In 2015, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and a coalition of other animal protection groups submitted a petition for rulemaking to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, calling on the Agency to…