U.S. State Rankings for Animal Laws

North Carolina

2019 U.S. State Rankings for Animal Protection Laws

Overall Rank: #39 (Bottom Tier)
  • + Animal cruelty is an abatable civil nuisance
  • - Neglect laws do not include requirements for shelter, veterinary care, etc.
  • - Has an ag-Gag law
  • - No statutorily authorized sentencing to mental health evaluation or treatment
  • - No sentence enhancements for repeat animal abusers

You Can Protect Animals

Since 1979, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has led the charge to win animals the legal protection they so desperately need—and deserve. Your generous gift will assure that we can continue to take on cases that advance the interests of animals.