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

Mink VIRUS Act (Federal)

Mink VIRUS Act (Federal)

H.R. 3783
Congress is considering a ban on mink farming to protect public health and human safety from the risk of disease transmission, including COVID-19 and avian flu, to people and wild mink populations, as well as to address concerns of animal well-being.
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Goldie’s Act (Federal)

Amend the AWA to increase USDA enforcement of violations
Named for a golden retriever, Goldie’s Act would amend the AWA to require the USDA enforce strengthened regulations set forth in the proposed bill.
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The Humane Cosmetics Act (Federal)

Federal Legislation
Substantially restricts the use of animal testing for cosmetic products
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The Healthy Future Students and Earth Act Would Expand Student Access to Healthful Foods

Federal Legislation
The Healthy Future Students and Earth Act would provide grant funding to schools wishing to expand student access to these plant-based food options.

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State Bills

State-level advocacy actions are available for those states in session. Each state has its own legislative schedule, holding sessions on predefined intervals.

Cat Declaw Ban (Michigan)

Cat Declaw Ban (Michigan)

H.B. 4883 and H.B. 4674
Proposed legislation would prohibit cat declaw procedures in Michigan unless for therapeutic purposes.
Cat Declawing Ban (Illinois)

Cat Declawing Ban (Illinois)

H.B. 1533
This bill would prohibit cat declawing in Illinois, with an exemption for the rare cases when the surgery is performed for a legitimate therapeutic purpose.
An Act to Increase Kennel Safety (Massachusetts)

An Act to Increase Kennel Safety (Massachusetts)

S. 1309/H. 2019
This bill, also known as Ollie’s Law, would require the state to promulgate minimum standards for certain types of kennels such as daycares, boarding facilities, and breeding kennels.
An Act concerning the surgical declawing of cats and other animals (New Jersey)

An Act concerning the surgical declawing of cats and other animals (New Jersey)

S.1803/A.2578
This bill would prohibit the surgical declawing of cats and other animals in New Jersey, except in rare cases of medical necessity for the cat.
An Act Prohibiting Inhumane Feline Declawing (Massachusetts)

An Act Prohibiting Inhumane Feline Declawing (Massachusetts)

S.190
This bill would prohibit cat declawing except as a medical necessity to protect the cat’s health.
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Providing Shelter to Companion Animals in Disasters (California)

A.B. 781
This bill would require counties in California to designate emergency shelters that can accommodate companion animals.

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Recent Victories

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Relating to the licensing and regulation of dog and cat breeders (Texas)

H.B. 2238/S.B. 876
This bill would amend the licensing requirements for dog and cat breeders in Texas.
An Act Concerning Cruelty to Animals (Connecticut)

An Act Concerning Cruelty to Animals (Connecticut)

H.B. 6714
This bill includes a possession ban, a prohibition against animal sexual abuse, and veterinary reporting of animal fighting.
An Act Relating to Animal Cruelty and Declaring an Emergency (Oregon)

An Act Relating to Animal Cruelty and Declaring an Emergency (Oregon)

S.B. 696
Bill would allocate state budget funds for a special prosecutor focused on animal cruelty cases, based in the state attorney general’s office with jurisdiction throughout Oregon.
An Act Relating to Testing Cosmetics on Animals (Oregon)

An Act Relating to Testing Cosmetics on Animals (Oregon)

H.B. 3213
This bill would prohibit manufacturers from selling or offering to sell cosmetics developed through use of animal testing in Oregon.

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Legislative Program Team

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