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The Animal Legal Defense Fund provides these resources to help you learn how animal protection laws function within the legal system.

Animals and the Law

The field of animal law is complex. Use these articles as a guide to understand the fundamentals.

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What You Can Do

Do you need help with a specific legal situation involving an animal? Our guides below are provided with that end in mind.

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Innovation in Food Production: Plant-Based Meats

The rise of plant protein and cultivated meat, fish, dairy, and other animal products carries great potential to reduce cruelty and spare millions or even billions of farmed and wild animals.

Protecting Animals Using the Freedom of Information Act

The Animal Legal Defense Fund routinely uses FOIA to request documents from government agencies including the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service.

How Animals Differ from Other Types of “Property” Under the Law

Our legal system still considers animals to be “property,” in many ways not much different from a table or a chair. But, there are some ways that the law does recognize animals as the living, feeling beings that they are.

How False Advertising Lawsuits Help Animals

Some producers and retailers market their products in ways designed to trick consumers into believing that their products are “humane” even though they come from animals who suffer in industrialized factory farming facilities.

Retail Pet Sale Bans

Retail pet sale bans are a powerful way to fight back against puppy mills, and you could pass one in your own community!
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Protecting Animals through Local Legislation

The Animal Legal Defense Fund encourages advocates to lobby for stronger animal protection laws in their local communities and can provide guidance to advocates interested in changing laws at the city and county level.

Innovation in Food Production: Cultivated Meat

Innovators in the United States and around the world will soon bring to market new and transformative products that have the ability to reshape animal agriculture as we know it.

Ways to Give

Since 1979, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has been the leader in the fight to win animals the legal protection they so desperately need—and deserve. Your generous support is vital to our continued success.