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  • Urging Stronger Protections for Animals Used in Research

    In 2015, the Animal Legal Defense Fund submitted comments to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) requesting that the agency close regulatory loopholes leading to laboratory animals’ intense and unnecessary suffering. We asked the…

  • Urging USDA investigation of Meat Animal Research Center

    In 2015, a New York Times investigation exposed horrific animal cruelty at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Meat Animal Research Center in Nebraska. The Times detailed deeply disturbing incidents of cruelty at this taxpayer-funded facility for…

  • Animal Welfare Records Blackout

    In 2017, the Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the United States Department of Agriculture for removing tens of thousands of animal welfare records from the agency’s website. Referred to as the Animal Welfare Blackout.
  • Research Breeding Facility: Ruby Fur Farm

    In 2018, the Animal Legal Defense Fund asked the USDA to revoke Ruby Fur Farm’s license, issue the maximum penalty allowable against the breeding facility for its violations, and stop purchasing animals from the facility for use in USDA research.
  • Animaland Zoological Park

    In 2016, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed suit against the Animaland Zoological Park in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. The Animal Legal Defense Fund argued that Animaland’s poor treatment of a gray wolf named Bear and a Siberian…

  • Laws that Protect Animals

    In the United States, animal protection laws can be enacted and enforced at every level of government. Most animal protection legislation happens at the state level.
  • 2016-2018: Captive Wild Animals

    Illegal trafficking in rare and exotic wild animals is a $10 to $20 billion-a-year business, the profits of which come at the expense of broken families and countless injured and/or dead animals.
  • Keep the USDA Transparent and Accountable

    In early 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed action that could dramatically reduce government oversight of animal facilities like puppy mills. This is the agency charged with ensuring the millions of animals in roadside…

  • Precedent Setting Decision: Endangered Species Act Protects Captive Animals

    Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirms roadside zoo’s substandard care of endangered animals violated federal law.
    April 11, 2018 Press Release
  • Protecting Puerto Rico’s Captive Animals

    Puerto Rico’s only official zoo, Dr. Juan A. Rivero National Zoological Park, gained international attention last year for its abysmal conditions.
    April 9, 2018 News