Litigation – List of Cases

Filing High Impact Lawsuits that Expand the Protections for Animals Under the Law

The Litigation Program files high-impact lawsuits against individuals and industries that exploit animals, including factory farms, puppy mills, research laboratories, and roadside zoos. We litigate cases in state and federal courts with the goal of stopping abusive practices and setting ground-breaking precedent that will establish justice for animals in the legal system. In addition to suing animal abusers, we often sue state and federal governments and agencies to invalidate laws and regulations that harm animals; and we intervene in litigation to defend animal protection laws when they are under siege from industries that abuse animals.

Challenging Cal EXPO’s Use of Farrowing Crates (2013)

The Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the California Exposition and State Fair and Regents of the University of California on grounds that the State Fair’s inhumane treatment of nursing and pregnant pigs violates state animal cruelty laws.

Challenging the USDA for Licensing Miami Seaquarium

The Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture, challenging the agency’s decision to renew the Miami Seaquarium’s Animal Welfare Act license, on the grounds that an orca named Lolita was held there in inhumane conditions.
Puppy poking head through metal fence

Challenging Stockton Animal Shelters Care of Animals

The Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the city of Stockton, California, and Stockton Animal Services, for violation of local and state laws. The lawsuit was settled in 2015, with the Stockton animal shelter showing significant improvements.
California Bull Run

California Bull Run

The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit that put an end to the Great Bull Run—an event in which three dozen panicked bulls are forced to stampede down a narrow track with up to a thousand runners.

Challenging Judy’s Family Farm Organic Eggs’ Deceptive Advertising

The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed false-advertising lawsuit against Judy’s Family Farm Organic Eggs for imagery used on packaging that led consumers to mistakenly believe the hens had significant outdoor access.

Challenging Cricket Hollow Zoo’s Care of Endangered Species (2014)

The Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the owners of the Cricket Hollow Zoo for violating the Endangered Species Act.

Seeking Justice for 50,000 Hens Abandoned by A & L Poultry

In February 2012, Andy Cheung and Lien Diep, doing business as A & L Poultry, allegedly abandoned 50,000 hens without food and left them to die.

Revoke Permit for Tony the Truck Stop Tiger

In 2011 the Animal Legal Defense Fund successfully sued the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, arguing that granting a permit to exhibit Tony violated state and local laws including Louisiana’s 2006 ban on private ownership of big cats.

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