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  • Keep the USDA Transparent and Accountable

    In early 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed action that could dramatically reduce government oversight of animal facilities like puppy mills. This is the agency charged with ensuring the millions of animals in roadside…

  • Challenging Trader Joe’s Misleading Egg Carton Labeling

    The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a consumer protection lawsuit in California Superior Court against Trader Joe’s Company on behalf of a Trader Joe’s egg purchaser. The action sought to stop Trader Joe’s from deceptively labeling…

  • Fighting to Bring Kristen Lindsey to Justice

    Kristen Lindsey is a Texas veterinarian, who in 2015 shot and killed her neighbor’s cat Tiger with a bow and arrow. Her action came to light when she posted a photo of herself on Facebook, grinning…

  • Challenging Misleading Egg Labeling

    In 2016, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court against egg retailer Handsome Brook Farm on behalf of the Organic Consumers Association. The lawsuit alleged Handsome Brook Farm was selling eggs…

  • King Kong Zoological Park

    In 2014, the Animal Legal Defense Fund brought a lawsuit against the King Kong Zoological Park, an unaccredited roadside zoo in Murphy, North Carolina. The lawsuit alleged that King Kong’s inhumane treatment of its captive animals…

  • Montreal’s Proposed Pit Bull Ban

    In 2016, Montreal enacted sweeping regulations on “pit bull-type dogs” in the city. The ban penalized any dog deemed a “pit bull-type” regardless of the individual dog’s behavior. The new by-law, championed by then-mayor Denis Coderre…

  • Challenging Idaho’s Ag-Gag Law

    In 2012, an undercover investigator for Mercy for Animals filmed dairy workers in Idaho violently abusing cows. Idaho’s legislature responded by passing an Ag-Gag law that makes it a crime to conduct undercover agricultural investigations. Such…

  • Ricki the Bear Caged at Pennsylvania Ice Cream Shop

    For 16 years, Ricki, a black bear, lived alone in a small, concrete enclosure outside of an ice cream shop in Pennsylvania. At Jim Mack’s Ice Cream Shop, Ricki was not only deprived a comfortable habitat…

  • Lucky the Lonely Elephant

    Lucky is an Asian elephant who was at San Antonio Zoo since 1962, after being captured from the wild in Thailand in 1960. She was less than a year old at the time she was taken…

  • Challenge the Wildlife Services for Failing to Comply with NEPA

    In July 2017, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services agency for failing to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires the agency to…