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Animal Legal Defense Fund

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: ALDF's mission is to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system.

Geographic areas served: animal welfare

Programs: ALDF's Criminal Justice Program works with law enforcement and prosecutors to seek maximum penalties for animal abusers. Our Animal Law Program is dedicated to fostering the field of animal law among legal professionals and in law schools nationwide. Our Litigation Program files cutting-edge lawsuits to stop the abuse of companion animals, and animals abused in industries including factory farming and the entertainment business.

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112 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Dominick M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Rather than protecting these abused Animals The Animal Legal Defense Fund would rather accumulate headlines to recieve more donations. They settled their lawsuit not once, but TWICE with the Cricket Hollow Zoo who the USDA found the zoo abused Animals and kept them in Deplorable conditions The USDA gave the Zoo violations 2010... 2011... 2012... 2013... 2014... 2015... 2016 BUT ALFD chose to "Settle" with them
http://www.wildlifeplanet.net/the-aldfs-failure-at-cricket-hollow-zoo.html

1

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I visited ALDF 5 years ago, and met staff who were intelligent & committed to fighting animal abuse by use of the legal system. We supported them on a wildlife project & saw ALDF gets results. A GREAT org!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of this organization for many years. They provide a vital service for animal rights: ALDF changes the legal landscape for the benefit of animals. Some organizations help with bringing issues to the public, and some charities are grassroots rescue and response. This organization helps to change the laws to protect animals and prosecute abusers, pushing back against the myriad of animal atrocities.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Ivan and I am 10 years old and I am looking for a baby Yorky

6 Steffanie G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Obviously by the many positive posts ALDF and they fight for animal rights and welfare. It boogles my mind why they teamed up with BigCat Rescue and WildCat Sanctuary to ban hybrid cats in varies states. If they are concerned for animals rights, why would they work in tangent with either of these sanctuaries? BCR feeds live domesticated rabbits to bobcats they are being rehabilitating to release into the wild. This is not necessary, and most rrehabilitation wildlife center choose not to use live prey. Not to mention that horses were being abused right next door and nobody at BCR reported this to any animal welfare agencies. Both BCR and WCDS have been charged with animal neglect and enclosure violations, and accused of using donations for their personal use. The founder of WCS used donations to take her husband sky diving and bought sexy underwear, also took her family on vacation. Does this sound like agencies concerned about animal welfare?

This petition that these welfare agencies are proposing is basically to confiscate all early generation hybrid cats under third generation. Either these cats will be euthanized or taken to sanctuaries to live out their lives with lions, tigers, and other wild animals. It does not matter that these cats are beloved pets, and are well cared for by their owners. Mind you, these cats were purchased, adopted or rescued legally and these animal welfare want to retroactively make them illegal. If you do not have papers on your hybrid, such as you found one and opened your home to one of these cats, it will be taken and euthanized.

This is not animal welfare, but genocide of a cat breed! This petition is based on lies, propaganda, and hate for these cats! These are house cats and have the same type of problems that other cats have. The only difference, is they are more active and smarter. I think it is disgusting to villianize not only hybrid breeds, but responsible owners and breeders! I think that in this issue they are wrong and morally disguesting and it sickens me that this group can say they love and are concerned for animals while working with sanctuaries that are unethical, and support a ban that will lead to massive killings of this breed! Shame on you!

6 HPlainsD

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been thoroughly impressed with this organization and their commitment to animal rights and laws. They take on the small and the large with only the welfare of animals in mind. They are one of the leading organizations at the forefront of animal activism and advocacy.

6 Stephanie160

Advisor

Rating: 5

This organization fights for the rights of animals in our legal system. I've not worked with more passionate individuals, hands down. I'm very grateful that a team of dedicated professionals is looking after those who do not have a voice.

12

Client Served

Rating: 5

A dog in our community had been horribly mutilated and abused. I called ALDF when I heard the dog was possibly going to be returned to the family of the person who had abused it. They immediately responded and helped me put pressure on our prosecuting attorney to press charges against the abuser and gave me advice on how to legally proceed to permanently prevent the dog from having to be returned to the abuser's family. I am happy to report that the dog is doing very well now THANKS to the ALDF and their fast response!

6

Donor

Rating: 5

On 7/27/2014, I ran the San Francisco Worth-The-Hurt 52.4 mile double marathon and raised over $10,000 for this group of angels. That's how much I believe in what they do.

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5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I donate to a lot of different non-profits but I donate most to ALDF because they talk the talk and walk the walk. All of their employees are vegan ... they live for their work to help animals from abuse and suffering. There's no organization out there like them ... battling for animals a case at a time in the courtroom.

4 Jerri G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became a vegan a year and a half ago as a show of compassion for animals. This organization educates the public and prosecutes capos.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ALDF works long and hard to change laws and views on how animals are treated. Without their tireless work there wouldn't be much in the legal protection for animals.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Unless animal rights are legally recognised most efforts to protect their welfare will have limited impact. Securing legal rights globally and ensuring they are adhered to is so critical.

4 Uma B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Animal legal defence fund does excellent work. Working on our laws is the very fundamental. Great work done. Absolutely nothing to add that they don't already do.

3 Gina56

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ALDF is truly on the cutting edge of animal protection litigation. The organization's dedicated team devises creative and effective strategies to advance protections for animals, and doesn't shy away from going after the industry giants that perpetrate some of the worst animal abuse.

3

Advisor

Rating: 5

There are obviously a great number of animal-welfare related non-profits that I could become associated with, but Animal Legal Defense Fund is the one I chose. I've been a donor, a volunteer, a Board member and now an Advisory Board member for this organization because I have been, and remain, so impressed with the ALDF staff and their work-ethic, their vision and their focus on helping animals through the court system. As an attorney, I know how important the legal battles are that ALDF has taken on from factory farming, to animal abuse and roadside zoos, and also how effective they have been in alleviating animal suffering and challenging the laws protecting abusers.

Sunny MacLachlan

2 Lisa377

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization does not just send out sensational pictures, but informs the public about accurate Rights and regulations. Knowing that there is an organization that truly fights for the Rights of Animals in the Courts is assuring and influences me to want to use my own voice more for this cause.
There was a situation recently, that a friend requested my help to remove a FB page that was showing animal abuse in the form of humour. I felt that just removing this page was not enough, but finding out who was actually responsible for the images and the actual acts. I contacted Animal Legal Defense for some advice on what could possibly be done, which was not much, outside the Courts, but......they listened and supported my concerns. The abusers need to be brought to the Courts, and the Laws changed, so WE as the Public can be made aware and help make this World a better place for ALL the living!

2

Advisor

Rating: 5

I am proud to serve on the Advisory Council of ALDF. I chose to do so because I think this organization is one of the most effective national organizations with respect to animal welfare issues. ALDF is well informed and remains updated on all current issues and has the knowledge, resources and commitment to deal with these issues in a professional manner. All of this converts to a great advocacy organization for animal welfare. It truly is a “great non-profit”.

2 Anita28

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do right by animals and are pushing for stricter laws regarding abuse. I can think of nothing more worthwhile than to be a voice for the voiceless.

1 Linda290

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

You do Great work....animals have no voice...they need ours...and our protection...Thank you for all you do...

2 Sarah196

Board Member

Rating: 5

Everyone connected with ALDF is committed to fulfillment of ALDF's mission to protect the lives and advancing the interests of all animals within our legal system - the only way we will ever achieve a legal system where animals are considered as beings who are owed a duty of care and not mere lifeless things. Having been involved with ALDF from just about its start, I am proud of ALDF's amazing strategic successes. I have seen us establish the field of animal law, always do high quality litigation, provide top-notch help to law enforcement in address animal cruelty, encouraging useful and effective legislation, and do effective educational campaigns on animals in distress. I have never wavered in my devotion to ALDF, and thank ALDF for giving me a life's purpose to contribute in such a meaningful way to this important work that I have always found so well explained by our long-standing Animal Bill of Rights.