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.
Overall Rank: #33 (Middle Tier)
- +Veterinarians must report suspected cruelty to a companion animal and have immunity for doing so
- +Peace officers have a duty to enforce animal cruelty laws
- -Standards for minimum acceptable care for animals (e.g. necessary food, water, shelter) are not well-defined
- -No felony provisions for sexual assault of animals, or for negligent or reckless neglect or abandonment
- -Social service professionals are not required to report suspected animal cruelty
Animal Protection Laws of New York
The Animal Protection Laws of New York compendium contains the general animal protection and related statutes for New York with an effective date on or before September 1, 2022.
Recognizing Animal Sentience (New York City)
Banning Killing Contests (New York)
Courtroom Animal Advocate Program (New York)
Take action now to help animals in your state.
New York City: Protect Horses
New York City: Show your support for the animal sentience resolution!
New York: Ask Your Legislators to Protect Animal Cruelty Victims!
Stop Ag-Gag Laws
No More Puppy Mills
Using Local Legislation to Protect Animals
Using Local Legislation to Protect Animals: Prohibiting Circuses and Traveling Shows that Exploit Animals
Using Local Legislation to Protect Animals: Fur Bans
Puppy Mill Pipeline Act (New York)
New York Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act (New York)
Strengthening Protections for Carriage Horses Forced to Work in Extreme Heat (NYC)
Banning the Sale of Foie Gras in New York City
Demanding Public Records Relating to Invasive Cat Experiments
Animal Legal Defense Fund 2022 State Animal Protection Laws Ranking Report
See the best and worst states for animal protection laws