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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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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.


Board Member

Rating: 5

With a mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system, ALDF is doing just that in a focused and successful manner. I first became involved with ALDF when they were working to free over 300 dogs from unthinkable circumstances on a hoarder property. These innocent suffering animals would have had no "voices" if it had not been for ALDF taking the Woodleys to court. Thanks to ALDF the dogs were removed from the property during the 2 year trial, which they won! My dog Ben is one of those hundreds of dogs that was given a life to live thanks to the important work of ALDF. He so enjoys his freedom, grass under his paws and lots of belly rubs.

ALDF is extremely effective in protecting animals and spreading animal law across the country. This organization is playing a significant role in the animal rights movement. Definitely a 5 star organization!