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 20 different categories of animal protection.
Overall Rank: #16 (Middle Tier)
- +Care requirements (food, water, shelter, care, etc.) are well-defined
- +Animal fighting is a state RICO predicate offense
- -Veterinarians are not required to report suspected animal cruelty
- -No provisions for pre-conviction restitution or forfeiture
- -Prohibition on leaving animals in hot cars, but law enforcement does not have immunity to rescue
New Jersey Cost of Care Bill (A.2354/S.981)
Currently, New Jersey animal care agencies bear the cost of caring for animal cruelty victims, an expense that can be financially overwhelming. The Cost of Care bill would address this problem.
Prohibits the intensive confinement of mother pigs and calves used for veal (A.1970/S.1298)
A.1970/S.1298, sponsored by Senator Vin Gopal and Assemblyman Raj Mukherj, would ban gestation crates and veal crates, mandating mother pigs and calves have enough space to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs.
Courtroom Animal Advocates (A.1965/S.2211)
Courtroom Animal Advocate Program (CAAP) laws allow advocates — supervised law students or volunteer lawyers — to advocate for animal victims in criminal cruelty cases.
Prohibits harassing or killing certain wildlife species at competitive events (A.502)
Proposed legislation, A.502, would prohibit harassing or killing certain wildlife at competitive events.
Prohibits the sale of cosmetics that were developed or manufactured using animal tests on or after March 1, 2022 (A.795/ S.1726)
The New Jersey Humane Cosmetics Act, A.795/ S.1726, prohibits the sale of cosmetics that were developed or manufactured using animal tests on or after March 1, 2022.
Take action now to help animals in your state.
Bill A1967 would prohibit the irresponsible practice of intentional and unintentional feeding of black bears, to reduce human-bear encounters.
Caring for animal cruelty victims can be extremely costly — especially in large-scale or lengthy cases. Proposed bills A.2354/S.981 will allow animal shelters and nonprofits to file for cost of animal care, helping the victims of animal cruelty.
Tell legislators that you support a bill that would create a Courtroom Animal Advocate Program (CAAP) in New Jersey.
Please help end the intensive confinement of mother pigs and calves used for veal in New Jersey by urging your state senator to support A.1970/S.1298.
A.502 would prohibit harassing or killing certain wildlife at competitive events and is now being considered by the New Jersey Legislature.
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.