Louisiana

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.

Louisiana
Overall Rank: #7 (Top Tier)

  • +Care requirements (food, water, shelter, care, etc.) are well-defined
  • +Other agencies or departments have a duty to report suspected animal cruelty
  • +Mandatory mental health evaluations and treatment/anger management classes for certain offenders
  • -Veterinarians are not required to report suspected animal cruelty and do not have immunity for doing so
  • -Felony animal fighting only covers limited species

Active Legislation

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Active Cases

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Challenging the Army’s Eviction of Horses at Fort Polk

The Animal Legal Defense Fund is providing assistance for a lawsuit filed against the Army over plans to evict roughly 700 wild horses from a western Louisiana Army base and national forest areas.
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Upholding Lousiana’s Big Cat Ban

The Animal Legal Defense Fund intervened in Tiger Truck Stop’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the big cat ban so that we could both defend the big cat ban and challenge the special law exempting Tiger Truck Stop from the ban.

Recent Victories

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Revoke Permit for Tony the Truck Stop Tiger

In 2011 the Animal Legal Defense Fund successfully sued the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, arguing that granting a permit to exhibit Tony violated state and local laws including Louisiana’s 2006 ban on private ownership of big cats.

Take Action

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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

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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

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Using Local Legislation to Protect Animals: Fur Bans

Using Local Legislation to Protect Animals: Fur Bans

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