Colorado

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. This page is meant to be used as a resource to see what is happening in your state and what actions you can take for animals.

State Rankings

Each year, the Animal Legal Defense Fund publishes its U.S. State Animal Protection Laws Rankings Report. It is the longest-running and most authoritative of its kind, assessing the strength of each state’s animal protection laws by examining over 3,400 pages of statutes. Each state is ranked based on 19 different categories of animal protection.

Colorado
Overall Rank: #4 (Top Tier)

  • +Veterinarians must report suspected animal cruelty, and have immunity for doing so
  • +Court may order pre-conviction forfeiture of cruelly treated animals
  • +Mandatory mental health evaluation/treatment for convicted offenders
  • -No court-calendar priority when animals are in custody
  • -Possession ban statute only includes “pet animal[s]” and is not mandatory for misdemeanor animal cruelty

Active Legislation

The Traveling Exotic Animal Safety Protection Act (Colorado)

The Traveling Exotic Animal Safety Protection Act (Colorado)

Prohibits certain wild animals, including big cats, bears, nonhuman primates, and elephants, from being used in circuses
The Traveling Exotic Animal Safety Protection Act would ban the use of certain wild animals, including big cats, bears, nonhuman primates, and elephants, in entertainment performances in circuses.

Active Cases

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Recent Victories

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Upgrading Welfare Standards for Egg-Laying Hens (Colorado)

Egg-Laying Hen Confinement Standards (HB20-1343)
The Egg-Laying Hen Confinement Standards (HB20-1343) bill upgrades welfare standards for egg-laying hens in Colorado, ending the intensive confinement of millions of birds in the state by January 1, 2023.
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Ending Killing Contests in Colorado

In 2020, Colorado adopted regulations banning killing contests for coyotes and foxes, as well as other small mammals.

Take Action

Take action now to help animals in your state.

Colorado: Protect Wild Animals Exploited in Circuses

Colorado: Protect Wild Animals Exploited in Circuses

Help protect animals exploited in circuses by urging your legislators to support the Traveling Exotic Animal Safety Protection Act (SB 135), introduced by Senator Joann Ginal and Senator Rachel Zenzinger as well as Representative Meg Froelich and Representative Monica Duran.
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Stop Ag-Gag Laws

Undercover investigations and whistleblowers have exposed some of the worst aspects of factory farming, but Ag-Gag laws punish people who speak out about cruelty in animal agriculture. Voice your opposition.
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No More Puppy Mills

Puppy mill operators maximize their profits by producing large numbers of puppies as quickly as possible. As a result, unsanitary conditions, disease, and neglect are rampant. Sign our pledge to boycott puppy mills. Together we can end cruel puppy mills.
Using Local Legislation to Protect Animals

Using Local Legislation to Protect Animals

Want to take the next step in your animal advocacy? Learn the skills you need to pass laws protecting animals at the local level! Local laws are critical – not only do they help individual animals in your community but prime state legislation.
Using Local Legislation to Protect Animals: Prohibiting Circuses and Traveling Shows that Exploit Animals

Using Local Legislation to Protect Animals: Prohibiting Circuses and Traveling Shows that Exploit Animals

Learn how wild animals are exploited in circuses and traveling shows, and how you can help!
Using Local Legislation to Protect Animals: Fur Bans

Using Local Legislation to Protect Animals: Fur Bans

Learn how to fight back against the cruel fur industry by passing a fur ban in your community! Led by Animal Legal Defense Fund Campaigns Manager Elizabeth Holtz, this webinar will walk you through the mechanics of fur production, the policy issues, including animal cruelty, environmental impacts, and public health, and more.