Delaware

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.

Delaware
Overall Rank: #23 (Middle Tier)

  • +Wide range of care standards/requirements including food, water, shelter, care, and space
  • +Mandatory post-conviction possession ban
  • -No felony provisions for negligent or reckless animal neglect or abandonment
  • -Other agencies or departments are not required to report suspected animal cruelty
  • -Definition of “animal” does not include fish

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Recent Victories

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Prohibiting Landlords from Requiring Cat Declawing (Delaware)

H.B. 386
As the law stands now in Delaware, landlords may require a tenant to declaw a cat as a condition for entering into or renewing a rental agreement. If House Bill 386 is enacted, it would prohibit landlords from imposing this requirement.
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The Izzy the Cat Act (Delaware)

S.B. 258/S.S. 1
When a companion animal is harmed by another person's actions, Delaware law currently limits monetary damages to the animal’s “fair market value.” A new bill would instead allow the animal’s guardian to recoup the cost of veterinary care.

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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.
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