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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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Other Resources

Animals as Crime Victims: Development of a New Legal Status

Animals as Crime Victims: Development of a New Legal Status

While it may seem like commonsense given how often we hear about animal cruelty crimes, the concept that animals can be crime victims is revolutionary within the legal system.
The Legislative Process: How a Bill Becomes a Law

The Legislative Process: How a Bill Becomes a Law

Every day, someone reaches out to us to ask, “Why isn’t there a law against this?” The reality is that much animal suffering in the US is legal. With the support of countless advocates, the Animal Legal Defense Fund is working to enact stronger laws.

The PETS Act: Companion Animals Affected by Natural Disasters

Knowing the law is an important part of planning. This is an oversight of the key federal law that affects companion animals in a natural disaster: The Pet Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act, better known as the PETS Act.

What To Do About Substandard Conditions at Your Local Animal Shelter

It is very disturbing when your local humane organizations are not addressing the needs of animals in your community in an effective and compassionate manner.

Establishing a Trust for Your Animals

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has helped craft new guidelines that specifically validate enforceable trusts for nonhuman animals.

What To Do When You Witness Animal Cruelty

It can be disturbing-and heartbreaking-to witness an act of animal cruelty. Whether it be an acute act of violence or chronic neglect, find out what you can do when you witness animal cruelty.
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Find Your Elected Officials

Elected officials want to hear from you. This is an easy way to look up your elected officials and their contact information.

Working with Legislators

Animals can’t vote, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have a voice in the political process. You can give animals that voice! This advocacy toolkit will walk you through the basics of how to lobby for pro-animal legislation.

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.