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: #46 (Bottom Tier)
- +Veterinarians have immunity for reporting suspected animal cruelty
- -No felony provisions for sexual assault of animals, or for negligent or reckless animal neglect or abandonment
- -Has an ag-gag law
- -No provisions for pre-conviction restitution or forfeiture of cruelly treated animals
- -Definition of “animal” excludes large categories of animals if the conduct and care to the animal is in accordance with “accepted practices”
Animal Protection Laws of Utah
The Animal Protection Laws of Utah compendium contains the general animal protection and related statutes for Utah with an effective date on or before September 1, 2022.
Take action now to help animals in your state.
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
Challenging Utah’s Ag-Gag Law
Animal Legal Defense Fund 2022 State Animal Protection Laws Ranking Report
See the best and worst states for animal protection laws