Updates about legal issues facing animals in the state
The Animal Legal Defense Fund works at the federal, state and local levels to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals.
Animal Protection Laws Ranking
Each year, the Animal Legal Defense Fund publishes its U.S. State Animal Protection Laws Rankings Report. Each state is ranked based on 20 different categories of animal protection.
Overall Rank: #37 (Bottom Tier)
- +Wide range of care standards/requirements including food, water, shelter, care, and space
- -Definition of “animal” does not include fish
- -Social services professionals and veterinarians are not required to report suspected animal cruelty
- -No statutorily authorized sentencing to mental health evaluation or treatment
- -Upon conviction, the court is not required to order the defendant to pay for the victim animal’s costs of care, and if the costs were borne by a private entity, the state is not required to reimburse the entity for those costs expended
Animal Protection Laws of Alaska
The Animal Protection Laws of Alaska compendium contains the general animal protection and related statutes for Alaska with an effective date on or before September 1, 2022.
Take action now to help animals in your state.
Stop Ag-Gag Laws
No More Puppy Mills
Using Local Legislation to Protect Animals
Using Local Legislation to Protect Animals: Prohibiting Circuses and Traveling Shows that Exploit Animals
Using Local Legislation to Protect Animals: Fur Bans
Animal Legal Defense Fund 2022 State Animal Protection Laws Ranking Report
See the best and worst states for animal protection laws