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.
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.
Veterinarians and other veterinary professionals play an integral and critical role in the fight against animal cruelty.
Taboo as a subject to be sure, sexual crimes against animals are not exceptional, isolated incidents. The case facts run a wide range.
Prosecutors understand that their communities have a compelling interest in preventing animal cruelty, and they take seriously their role in bringing animal abusers to justice.
Attending court proceedings for criminal animal abuse cases is a great way to demonstrate that your community cares about animal protection and expects zero tolerance for animal cruelty.