The Animal Legal Defense Fund works at the federal level to advance important legislation. We advocate for laws that promote or protect the lives and interests of animals, and we oppose legislation that would be detrimental to animals’ well-being.
We also work closely with the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s other programs to identify opportunities to create model legislation that address strategic legal issues in the areas of civil and criminal law, and monitor legislation that impacts animals at the federal level.
The Farm System Reform Act would overhaul the United States’ cruel and environmentally destructive animal agricultural industry, in part, by placing a moratorium on the largest factory farms.
The Big Cat Public Safety Act prohibits the private ownership of big cats and makes it illegal for exhibitors to allow direct contact with cubs.
The Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act would prohibit the use of body-gripping traps in the National Wildlife Refuge System.
The Captive Primate Safety Act prohibits the sale or transportation of nonhuman primates for the wild “pet” trade.
The Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA) would prohibit the use of wild animals in traveling shows such as circuses.
The Horse Transportation Safety Act would ban the transportation of horses in double-deck trailers.
The PAW and FIN Act reverses regulations recently enacted to weaken the Endangered Species Act.
Would permanently ban horse slaughter in the United States as well as prohibit the export of horses for slaughter in other countries.