The Animal Legal Defense Fund works at the 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.
Legislative Program Team
Maryland Requires Research Facilities to Help Surviving Dogs and Cats Find Adoptive Homes After Experiments End
Maryland Requires Research Facilities to Help Surviving Dogs and Cats Find Adoptive Homes After Experiments EndMaryland has joined the growing list of states that require research facilities to make efforts to find adoptive homes for healthy, surviving dogs and cats rather than putting them to death at the conclusion of the research.August 23, 2018 Animal Law Update
On April 24, 2018, Governor Larry Hogan signed into law HB 1662, the “No More Puppy-Mill Pups Act of 2018,” making Maryland the second state to ban the retail sale of dogs and cats obtained from commercial breeding facilities.August 15, 2018 Animal Law Update
SB 1024, the Animal Welfare and Violence Intervention Act of 2018, addresses the link between violence against animals and violence against humans.June 19, 2018 Action Alert