Animals need access to the full range of their habitats.
Wild animals enjoy few legal protections under either state or local laws.
At both the state and federal level, the key laws protecting wildlife are those governing when and where hunting is permitted. Some states have also begun also to prosecute people who commit acts of cruelty against wild animals—outside, of course, of the cruelty that is sanctioned by law, like hunting and fishing.
A handful of other federal wildlife laws are in effect. These include the Endangered Species Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. But these laws protect only a small number of animals, and even for these animals the protections are not robust.
Wild animals experience pain and pleasure just the same as the dogs and cats who share our homes, and who enjoy far more expansive legal protections. Wild animals also play a key role in our environment and ecosystem. And they are affected by all facets of human behavior: where we build, and what we do on developed land. Factory farming not only affects the lives of the 9 billion animals a year who are raised for food, but also the wild animals who drink from bodies of water and live on the land polluted by these agricultural activities.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund is dedicated to pursuing better legal protection for wildlife.
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Siskiyou is the latest county in California to reexamine and suspend its contract with Wildlife Services amid legal pressure from the animal-protection and conservation coalition led by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.August 24, 2018 News
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s ruling that Naruto lacked statutory standing to sue under the federal Copyright Act.August 7, 2018 Animal Law Update
The Animal Legal Defense Fund has joined forces with the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) and Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) to once again call upon Florida Governor Rick Scott to reassign the case of Dewie Brewton to another FL state attorney.August 2, 2018 News