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.
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.
Overall Rank: #27 (Middle Tier)
- +Has a Courtroom Animal Advocate Program
- +Other agencies or departments have a duty to report suspected animal cruelty
- -No statutorily authorized sentencing to mental health evaluation or treatment
- -No statutorily authorized post-conviction forfeiture or possession bans
- -Care requirements/standards are not well defined
An Act Concerning Municipal Restrictions on Pet Shops (HB 6542)
Clarifies Connecticut towns and cities have the authority to place restrictions on pet shops, including passing retail pet sale bans to fight puppy mills
An Act Prohibiting The Import, Sale And Possession Of African Elephants, Lions, Leopards, [Rhinoceros] And Giraffes (SB 925)
Restricts the import, possession, sale, or transportation of body parts of African elephants, lions, leopards, black rhinos, white rhinos, and giraffes in the state
Take action now to help animals in your state.
Ask your state legislators to support An Act Prohibiting The Import, Sale And Possession Of African Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Black Rhinoceros, White Rhinoceros And Giraffes (SB 925).
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.
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.
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.
Learn how wild animals are exploited in circuses and traveling shows, and how you can help!
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.