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 Foster Farms Slaughterhouse’s Illegal Water Use

The Animal Legal Defense Fund sued Foster Farms, operator of a large slaughterhouse and chicken processing plant in Livingston, California, for its illegal use of vast quantities of water in violation of the California Constitution.
Adult Canada Goose

Challenging USDA Redaction of Geese Culling Contract

Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) over the agency’s critical redactions in a contract between the USDA’s Wildlife Services program and a Colorado slaughterhouse.
cow in factory farming

Challenging FDA Approval of Experior

The Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the Food and Drug Administration to challenge the agency’s approval of Experior, an animal drug that claims to reduce ammonia emissions from cows on feedlots.

Challenging the USDA for Public Records of Inspection Process at Nonhuman Primates Research Facilities

The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit against the USDA under FOIA for the agency’s failure to respond to a request for public records related to the inconsistent inspection process of nonhuman primate research facilities.
Dick Van Dam Dairy case

Challenging the Cruel Treatment of Cows and Calves at Dick Van Dam Dairy

The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit against a Southern California dairy following an undercover investigation that documented severe and repeated abuse of cows and calves.

Challenging CEQ’s CAFO Exemptions Under NEPA

The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit against the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) for new regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that will shield CAFOs and slaughterhouses from environmental review.

Challenging Petland’s Business Practices (Racketeering Class Action)

The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a class action lawsuit against Petland alleging Petland violated the federal RICO Act and Georgia RICO Act.

Compelling the USDA to Protect Primates Used in Research

The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit against the USDA for failure to protect the psychological well-being of primates used in biomedical research.

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