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!
I am attempting to get an Animal Abuser Registry restarted in California. ALDF Director of Legislative Affairs Stephan Otto has been of the greatest assistance to me in helping our State Assemblyman put this together. I know that he has played a large part in helping the two New York Counties start theirs as well!
After a tragic incident occurred with my dog Ruby and the negligence of her vet (see www.rubydogclark.com for story), I sought guidance for steps to take to ensure this does not happen to anyone else or their animal companion. The ALDF's website had information that helped me move forward with filing a complaint against the vet board and identifying the lack of legal rights our animals actually have. It is encouraging to see there is an organization such as ALDF to assist consumers with knowledge about animal rights or lack there of and to provide guidance on what steps and actions can be taken by consumers to make the world a better place for our animals.
My daughter and I have been working for two years to try to free the three Woodland Park Zoo elephants in Seattle from an enclosure that is far too small, hard, and barren to meet their needs for space, varied terrain, companionship, excercise, and things to do. The elephants were all captured from the wild at age 1-2, and have been confined at the Zoo between 30 and 40 years each. As a result of this unnatural confinement, they all suffer from severe foot and/or joint problems, which are the leading cause of premature death in zoo elephants. They also suffer from stereotypic behaviors, such as swaying, head bobbing, and pacing, which put extreme unnatural pressure on their feet and joints, and exacerbate their health issues. The only calf born at the Zoo died three years ago of an elephant herpes virus that kills very painfully, and that the African elephant at the Zoo carries. The virus is fatal to 90% of Asian elephant calves who contract it, and yet the Zoo is trying to breed one of the Asian elephants again to get another baby for the Zoo. Elephant babies mean big money for zoos, but this baby elephant will be exposed to the same herpes virus that killed the other baby, which is a horrible problem for both the baby and the mother. Last year, I began talking with ALDF about helping us get the elephants their freedom so they can retire to a sanctuary where they can have the companionship of elephants of their own species, and a habitat that is more natural, varied, and supportive of their health and well-being. ALDF listened to my concerns, and in June 2010, filed a lawsuit on my behalf against the City of Seattle to force the City to provide the elephants with the environment they need or release them to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. I cannot thank ALDF enough for all they've done so far to help these elephants gain their freedom to live as freely as possible. Mary Sebek, Seattle, WA
As the Investigations Director and Executive Director for the United States Equine Rescue League, Inc., I have had the pleasure of working with the attorneys of the Animal Legal Defense Fund on a variety of cases over the past 2 years. Their dedication and expertise in the area of animal law is unsurpassed, and the assistance that they have given to the horses in our program has been crucial. There are horses today that no longer have to fear where their next meal is coming from, or if they will have shelter and love in their life, because of the work that ALDF does. Our first case with ALDF representing the horses was that of ALDF vs. Keating, where 7 horses were found starving to death, 3 of them foals, and two of them pregnant. USERL had been investigating Keating for over 6 years, and with the help of ALDF we were finally able to end the horses suffering. All the horses from that case are now in loving, happy homes.