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: #11 (Top Tier)

  • +Sexual assault statute is adequately defined, addressed related crimes, and is a sex offense
  • +Sentence enhancements for repeat animal abusers and cases involving multiple animals
  • +Court may order pre-conviction forfeiture of cruelly treated animals
  • -Social services professionals are not required to report suspected animal cruelty
  • -Limited definition of “animal”

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Recent Victories

elephant captivity

Lucky the Lonely Elephant

The Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the San Antonio Zoo in 2015 under the Endangered Species Act, due to the zoo’s decision to keep an Asian elephant named Lucky socially isolated from any other elephants and inhumane conditions.
Defending Our Rights Under the Texas Anti-SLAPP Statute

Defending Our Rights Under the Texas Anti-SLAPP Statute

The Animal Legal Defense Fund was sued by Laundry’s after making public comments that discussed the Aquarium’s mistreatment of four captive white tigers and asserted that such treatment violated the Endangered Species Act.