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.

Opposing USDA’s Attempt to Withdraw Rules Design to Protect Animals on Organic Farms

In May 2018, the Animal Legal Defense Fund joined a coalition of consumer, environmental, and animal protection groups opposing the withdrawal of rules that would provide basic protections for farmed animals at organic farms.

Challenging North Carolina’s Ag-Gag Law

The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a North Carolina law designed to deter whistleblowers and undercover investigators from publicizing information about corporate misconduct.

Protecting the Psychological Well-being of Primates Used in Research

The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit to compel the USDA to respond to a petition for rulemaking requesting the agency promulgate standards to promote the psychological well-being of primates used in research.

Holding Slaughterhouses Accountable for Water Pollution

The Animal Legal Defense Fund joined a coalition of conservation and community groups in filing a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to update national standards restricting water pollution from slaughterhouses.

Protecting Pigs from Cruel High-Speed Slaughter

The Animal Legal Defense Fund joined a coalition in suing the U.S Department of Agriculture for issuing a final rule allowing pig slaughterhouses nationwide to police themselves and kill pigs at very high line speeds.

Challenging Emergency Declaration for Border Wall

The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit arguing that the administration’s emergency declaration — to justify constructing a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — was unlawful.
Challenging Washington's Illegal Bear Hunting Regulations

Challenging Washington’s Illegal Bear Hunting Regulations

The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed an amicus brief in support of a challenge to two rules promulgated by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Service allowing bears to be hunted using bait, hounds, and body-gripping traps.

Challenging Arkansas’s Ag-Gag Law

The Animal Legal Defense Fund, with a coalition of public interest groups, filed a lawsuit in Arkansas challenging the constitutionality of the state’s Ag-Gag law.

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