Filing High Impact Lawsuits that Expand the Protections for Animals Under the Law

The Animal Legal Defense Fund goes to court for animals. From filing high-impact lawsuits to providing amicus curiae briefs, our litigation work is a primary tool in our work to advance the interests of animals. Our team of expert staff attorneys may bring suit themselves, or we may retain outside counsel to represent us. We may file either as a named plaintiff, or as the attorneys for other organizations or individuals. Our civil actions on behalf of animals often include filing briefs arguing the case for recognition of the bonds between humans and nonhuman animals, and filing formal complaints against government agencies charged with enforcing laws meant to protect animals.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund also awards monetary grants to assist attorneys with worthy animal related cases, and provides model laws and expert testimony to facilitate the enactment of state statutes that allow for non-economic damages (that is, damages for pain and suffering, loss of companionship, etc.) in cases involving wrongful death or injury of a companion animal.

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