Strengthening Laws that Protect Animals and Striking Down Laws Hurting Animals
The Animal Legal Defense Fund works at the federal, state and local levels to advance important legislation. We advocate for laws that promote or protect the lives and interests of animals, and we oppose legislation that would be detrimental to animals’ well-being.
We also work closely with the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s other programs to identify opportunities to create model legislation that address strategic legal issues in the areas of civil and criminal law, and monitor legislation that impacts animals at the federal, state, and local levels.
Goldie’s Act (Federal)
The Humane Cosmetics Act (Federal)
The Healthy Future Students and Earth Act Would Expand Student Access to Healthful Foods
Oppose: The EATS Act Would Undermine State Farmed Animal Protection Laws
State-level advocacy actions are available for those states in session. Each state has its own legislative schedule, holding sessions on predefined intervals.
An Act Relating to the Sale of Dogs and Cats by Pet Stores (Texas)
An Act Prohibiting the Removal of Claws from Cats (New Hampshire)
Pet Animal Ownership In Housing (Colorado)
Prohibiting harmful practices and devices at rodeos (Los Angeles, CA)
Humane Protection of Animals Act (Massachusetts)
Cat Declawing Ban (Virginia)
Ban Predatory Lending Related to Companion Animal Sales (California)
Cat Declawing Ban (Maryland)
Protecting Chickens from Extreme Confinement (Arizona)
Strengthening Protections Against the Sexual Abuse of Animals (Florida)
Legislative Program Team
Kim KellyDirector of Legislative Affairs
Alicia PrygoskiStrategic Legislative Affairs Manager
Brian R. HackettLegislative Affairs Manager
Jennifer HaugeLegislative Affairs Manager
Kathleen SchatzmannStrategic Legislative Affairs Manager
Stephanie HarrisSenior Legislative Affairs Manager
Colorado: Keep Companion Animals with their Families!
Colorado: Keep Companion Animals with their Families!This action is for Colorado residents only.March 9, 2023 Action Alert
Massachusetts: Ask Your Legislators to Strengthen Animal Cruelty LawsThe Humane Protection of Animals Act (SD 2295/HD 3285) is a critical omnibus anti-cruelty bill that will strengthen and clarify Massachusetts’ animal cruelty laws.
States’ Animal Protection Laws Ranked by Animal Legal Defense Fund: Maine is #1, New Mexico #50The 17th annual U.S. Animal Protection Laws Rankings Report (2022) ranks the animal protection laws of all 50 states.February 1, 2023 Press Release