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.
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.
Companion animals add so much to our lives and give us joy, unconditional love and loyalty. Yet people routinely fail to provide for their animals in their wills.
With winter—and low temperatures—upon us, it’s important to make sure companion animals are safe and warm. Dogs, cats and other companion animals are not equipped to handle the cold.
Report what you have found to the local law enforcement agency where the poster’s account originates or to your local law enforcement agency if the account does not disclose a location.
Why don’t public prosecutors always do the right thing and prosecute animal abusers?
If you witness the abuse or neglect of an animal, please immediately file a formal written complaint with the local law enforcement agency.
Download this list of common legal terms, organized in order from A to Z.
Hoarding is one of the most egregious forms of animal cruelty, affecting tens of thousands of animals – mostly cats and dogs – in communities nationwide.
A majority of states guarantee you the right, either by statute or state constitutional amendment, to submit a Victim Impact Statement as part of a criminal case against someone who injured or killed your animal.