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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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What To Do When Your Companion Animal Has Been Injured or Killed

This page will present answers to some common questions about filing a lawsuit if your companion animal has been injured or killed. This is not a substitute for an attorney.

What To Do When You Find Animals in Substandard Conditions at a Pet Store

You've stopped into the local pet store on your way home from work to pick up food for your cat. Your kids begged to visit a store that advertises puppies for sale, until you relented.

Animal Protection Laws of the United States of America

Animal Protection Laws of the United States of America are the top resources for lawyers, law professors, law students, legislators, other legal professionals, and anyone who wants the most comprehensive animal protection laws collection of its kind.

Rodeo Facts

Rodeos may be popular, but more and more Americans are becoming aware of just how cruel these events are for the animals forced to participate.

Companion Animal Theft

Animal theft is a crime, but unfortunately a common one. By some estimates, nearly 2 million companion animals are stolen every year in the United States.

Animal Fighting Facts

Animal fighting is a staged fight between two or more animals, or between a human and an animal, for the purpose of human entertainment, wagering, or sport.
The PETS Act, when companion animals are affected by natural disasters

Legal FAQ’s for Search and Rescue Volunteers

Volunteer attorneys from across the U.S. have donated their time to, as quickly as possible, research and write the legal memoranda that support the shorter answers provided here.
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How to handle landlord/tenant disputes over companion animals

There's a catastrophic shortage of affordable, pet-friendly housing in the United States. This makes it punishingly hard for families with companion animals to find a rental.

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