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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • La Toque Restaurant Illegally Selling Foie Gras

    California lawmakers enacted a ban on the production and sale of foie gras in 2004, due to the cruelty involved: geese and ducks are force fed large quantities of food in order to make the animals’…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Urging the Court to Consider Animals’ Value

    The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed an amicus brief in a Washington state case stemming from the death of a toy poodle following an unauthorized procedure by her veterinarian. Our brief asked the court to hold…