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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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40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Taraneh

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Using the law to give voice to those who have none.

1 Joyce21

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ALDF does amazing work for the animals who have no voice. They are their voice!! I highly recommend this organization for all that they do.

1 Mel W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I appreciate all of they do by giving voice to those with none. Wish I was in California so that I could volunteer!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do an amazing job at working for animals in the field of law. They are constantly looking outside of themselves in order to better the lives of animals.

2 Deborah Cutrell

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They use donated money to attack all animal owners. They don't care if the animal is being cared for or if the animals are happy. They are there to ensure that all animals are severed from humans. PERIOD. A group of lawyers to ensure the AR agenda. Please don't give to the ALDF.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I follow what the Animal Legal Defense Fund does to fight for the rights of animals. I can't say enough about how their actions have made a change and difference in the life of animals, the laws relating to animal welfare and has helped society evolve in the protection of animals. I strongly support what this non-profit is doing.

2 Ronnie

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I am very disappointed at what the ALDF represents. If they were in fact for what's best for animals then they wouldn't be targeting a man in LA because they partnered with Big Cat Rescue to try to take his tiger away. With all the money they've spent on trying to "win the game", which a living breathing loving animal is NOT a game, they could have built an enclosure that they feel is to their liking. And even though the enclosure this tiger is in, is way above requirements, they would rather see him taken from the only family he's ever known & put in a smaller CAGE where he'd never again have the interaction his family gives him now. Knowing that stress is one of the biggest killers to exotic animals, they still drag this out in court, with no regard whatsoever what it would do the this tiger if he was yanked from his home & put in strange surroundings. I give ALDF 2 thumbs down.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

ALDF is the only national charity that works on behalf of animals in the courtroom. They have successfully defeated puppy mills, animal abusers, and other organizations that neglect or even bring harm to animals that cannot defend themselves. They assist prosecutors by providing case law that will help to defeat abusers in court. My only disappointment is that I have written several times requesting information (or at least advice on where to look) regarding current state laws/policies for the humane lobbying group with whom I volunteer, and have not received a reply. (One example would be whether there are any laws regulating or prohibiting "pulling" events at agricultural fairs). We are in a position to advocate for change, and it helps to have knowledge of other states' laws when suggesting language for our own. Perhaps as ALDF grows, it will be in a better position to advise groups like ours.

2 Joanne

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They are extremist nuts. They should go get a real job and stop taking money from people for their own agenda.

1 Karen D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you so much for your work to all animals. Thank you from a special place in my heart for Tony the Truck Stop Tiger in Grosse Tete, LA. Your work finally bringing this injustice to trial with a successful out coming and good luck on your hearing in August for an immediate withdrawal of the permit to exhibit Tony in this cruel way.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I hate to think of what this world would be like without the Animal Legal Defense Fund. As a person who has always been very tuned into animals, I am particularly disturbed when I read about animal abuse or neglect, anything from bringing children to watch dogfighting, to a person with mental problems who has stabbed to death the pet of his girlfriend who has jilted him. Since the animals have no voices, we count on ALDF. They are worth their weight in gold.

1 macyjacobnathan

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

You are an awesome organization and so needed because the animals can't speak for themselves, but are now being heard by people such as you.

Thank you for roaring to Tony the Tiger and going to court for him. Hopefully you will be successful in getting him released sooner than December. But either way, all of us who have been roaring for him for so long are most grateful to you for fighting for his right to live a peaceful life instead of being an instrument for amusement and greed.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I would like to say thank you. Thanky you to be there for the animals which needs help. To be their voice. Here, and today I would like to thank you especialy in the name of tiger Tony !!! Please keep on your great work for him, be the voice for this vioce and helpless tiger, on his way in a better future. Please Roar for him and this loud !

Greetings from Germany !!!

Thorsten Kassebeer

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Animal Legal Defense Fund stands up for the rights of animals, that have no protection based on the outdated and insufficient laws on the books across the entire Country.
They also have been involved in a case that I have been an advocate for now over the year, fighting for the Freedom of Tony the Truck Stop Tiger in Grosse Tete LA; not only did the ALDF join the fight for Tony, they took him on as a client! They are amazing individuals who know whats right and wrong and practice law to save the Animals and change the direction this country is heading in terms of all the creatures on earth that need our help albeit a bunny or a Tiger. We all love you Animal Legal Defense Fund.....roar on.

1 eliza4tony

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great charity that looks out for so many animals. They are the ones that have stood by Tony the tiger from Louisiana. They have done so much twords Tony's freedom to a loving sanctuary.

1 Dawn F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I happen to think you are the best!!! You go out and beyond helping the Voiceless and for that I will be forever grateful! As a Tony the Truck Stop Tiger fighter.....I bow to your Organization for what you are doing for him. Thank you ALDF from the bottom of my heart and Tony's and for all the Creatures with no Voice xoxoxo

2 Karen B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I worked with two fine members of the community on getting prosecution of an animal abuse case. ALDF was there to help us and ended up sending the two to law school to help prosecute cases! I have never seen a finer, more willing to help group, than ALDF. I turn to them each and every time I need advice on animal abuse cases. They are THERE for the animals!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a longtime animal advocate, I was thrilled to discover that an organization like ALDF -- a nonprofit using the legal system to advance the interests of animals -- exists. The field of animal law, which was once barely considered fringe, is quickly going mainstream, and this is in no small part due to the efforts of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. To me, one of the most impressive things about ALDF is they understand that the future of animal law will be entrusted in today’s law students, which is why the organization has pushed for better access to animal law education. Not only are there now more than 100 animal law courses being offered in the US and Canada, but law schools across the county, including Harvard and Yale, have a student chapter of ALDF specifically to support tomorrow’s attorneys, judges, and legislators. ALDF has paved the way for a future in which animals will be accorded one of the most fundamental rights of all: the right not to be abused. From ballot measures like California’s Proposition 2 -- which will ban intensive-confinement devices in factory farms -- to forcing animal shelters to come into compliance with humane standards, nearly all of the major advances for animals in the last decades have been rooted in effective use of the legal system. The Animal Legal Defense Fund has set the bar … and continues to raise it!