Legislation

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.

Federal Bills

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The Healthy Future Students and Earth Act Would Expand Student Access to Healthful Foods

Many U.S. students are seeking out plant-based options. The Healthy Future Students and Earth Act would provide grant funding to schools wishing to expand student access to these foods.
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Oppose: The EATS Act Would Undermine State Farmed Animal Protection Laws

This action is for US residents only.
The EATS Act would undermine states’ ability to enact laws affecting agricultural practices, jeopardizing numerous state-level farmed animal protection laws.
Animal Welfare Enforcement Improvement Act

Animal Welfare Enforcement Improvement Act

Federal Legislation
The Animal Welfare Enforcement Improvement Act (AWEIA) provides for more robust enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act by increasing oversight and strengthening the licensing process for animal dealers and exhibitors.
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Puppy Protection Act (Federal)

Federal Legislation
The Puppy Protection Act bans harmful practices in puppy mills and requires common-sense standards of care for commercial breeders.

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State Bills

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Promote Alternatives to Cosmetics and Product Testing on Animals (Massachusetts)

An Act Concerning the Use of Animals in Product Testing
Bill would require manufacturers and their contract testing facilities to use methods that replace animal testing of products and ingredients for cosmetics, household cleaners, and industrial chemicals.
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Retail Pet Sale Ban (Florida)

Prohibits retail pet stores from selling puppies and kittens (H.B. 253)
H.B. 253, sponsored by Rep. Sam Killebrew (R-41), would prohibit pet stores from selling dogs and cats. Instead, stores would be able to partner with animal shelters and rescue organizations to offer animals for adoption.
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Provide Funding for Retired Law Enforcement Dogs’ Veterinary Care (Florida)

Florida’s Care for Retired Law Enforcement Dogs Program Act would provide funding for retired law enforcement dogs’ vet care
The Care for Retired Law Enforcement Dogs Program Act would create a program to provide funding for the veterinary care of dogs formerly used in law enforcement. (H.B. 25/S.B. 226)
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Ensure That Dogs and Their Families Can Stay Together (Massachusetts)

An Act to Maintain Stable Housing for Families with Pets in an Economic Crisis and Beyond (H.1437/S.885)
Extends housing protections for animal guardians during the COVID-19 emergency and helps prevent discrimination in housing and property insurance based on a dog’s breed.
pigs

The Healthy Future Students and Earth Act Would Expand Student Access to Healthful Foods

Many U.S. students are seeking out plant-based options. The Healthy Future Students and Earth Act would provide grant funding to schools wishing to expand student access to these foods.
cows

Oppose: The EATS Act Would Undermine State Farmed Animal Protection Laws

This action is for US residents only.
The EATS Act would undermine states’ ability to enact laws affecting agricultural practices, jeopardizing numerous state-level farmed animal protection laws.

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Recent Victories

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Prohibiting the Sale of Cosmetics Tested on Animals (New Jersey)

Prohibits the sale of cosmetics that were developed or manufactured using animal tests on or after March 1, 2022 (A.795/ S.1726)
The New Jersey Humane Cosmetics Act, A.795/ S.1726, prohibits the sale of cosmetics that were developed or manufactured using animal tests on or after March 1, 2022.
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Funding Critical Animal Health Services In Massachusetts FY2021 State Budget

State Budget Allocates Funds for Spay, Neuter, and Vaccination Services
Governor signs state budget allocating $50k to provide critical animal health services to animals in need.
Providing Key Protections for Agricultural Workers (Colorado)

Providing Key Protections for Agricultural Workers (Colorado)

Bill Would Help Protect Colorado’s Tens of Thousands of Farm Workers
Helps protect Colorado’s tens of thousands of farm workers by establishing whistleblower protections, fairer compensation for labor, and protections other workers already access through Colorado’s Labor Peace Act
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Funding Critical Health Services for Animals In Need (Massachusetts)

State Budget Allocates Funds for Spay, Neuter, and Vaccination Services
Governor signs state budget allocating funds to provide critical animal health services—including spay and neuter surgeries and vaccinations—to animals in need.

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Legislative Program Team

Related News

  • United States: Support the Farm System Reform Act

    The Farm System Reform Act would overhaul the United States’ cruel and environmentally destructive animal agricultural industry, in part, by placing a moratorium on building or expanding the largest factory farms.
    October 7, 2021 Action Alert
  • Massachusetts: Protect Puppies and Kittens

    An Act Protecting the Health and Safety of Puppies and Kittens in Cities and Towns, would protect animals and consumers by banning the sale of puppies and kittens under 8 weeks of age; prohibiting the sale of animals in parking lots, flea markets, and similar venues; and updating rules governing commercial kennels, among other improvements.
    October 7, 2021 Action Alert
  • United States: Help Provide Student Access to Healthy Cruelty-Free Food

    Urge your representative to support the Healthy Future Students and Earth Act which would provide voluntary grant funding to schools, enabling them to add nutrient-rich, environmentally friendlier plant-based options to their menus.
    September 22, 2021 Action Alert