Rhode Island

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.

Rhode Island
Overall Rank: #9 (Top Tier)

Legislative Session

Active Legislation

Captive Hunting Prohibition (Rhode Island)

Captive Hunting Prohibition (Rhode Island)

S.B. 2732 SUB A/H.B. 7294
This legislation would define and prohibit captive hunting for animals in Rhode Island.
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Helping Animal and Human Victims Alike Escape Domestic Violence (Rhode Island)

H.B. 7236/S.B. 2655
This bill updates existing Rhode Island law to help victims of abuse — both human and animal — safely flee abusive situations.
Cat Declaw Bill (Rhode Island)

Cat Declaw Bill (Rhode Island)

S.B. 2007/H.B. 7052
This bill would ban cat declawing in Rhode Island, except in rare cases when the procedure is performed for a legitimate therapeutic purpose for the well-being of the cat.
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Banning the Sale of Foie Gras (Rhode Island)

Force-Fed Poultry Products Act (HB 7056/SB 2301)
Prohibits restaurants and retailers from selling any force-fed poultry product or food containing a force-fed poultry product.

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Take Action

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Rhode Island: Ban Cat Declawing!

Rhode Island: Ban Cat Declawing!

Ask your state representatives to support and co-sponsor legislation to prohibit the surgical declawing of cats in New Jersey. Help end this cruel practice today!
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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.
Passing Local Legislation: Retail Pet Sale Ban

Passing Local Legislation: Retail Pet Sale Ban

In this free webinar, we walk you through the basics of how to pass a retail pet sale bans in your community — a powerful way to fight back against puppy mills.
Passing Local Legislation: Prohibiting Animals in Circuses and Traveling Shows

Passing Local Legislation: Prohibiting Animals in Circuses and Traveling Shows

This webinar will focus on passing a local prohibition on animals used in circuses and other traveling shows.

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