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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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44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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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.

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.

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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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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.

1 Laura205

Donor

Rating: 4

I'm very satisfied with and grateful for the work ALDF does to bring many of the injustices against animals to light, and then actually take concrete action to potentially prevent future injustices through legislation. I only wish they had unlimited resources and capacity to help meet the seemingly endless needs in the arena of animal protections. Thank you for all that you do, ALDF, please keep it up.

3 Debbie133

Donor

Rating: 5

I live in the state where Tony the Tiger is held as a roadside attraction just off of the interstate where he has inhaled gasoline fumes for over a decade. ALDF has fought valiantly for Tony. Even though state legislation failed to pass that would release Tony to a sanctuary, ALDF hasn't given up and is still fighting for Tony and other animals in my state. Even better, they fight for all animals everywhere!

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Donor

Rating: 5

ALDF is out there taking on the law that is now so unfavorable to animal welfare and making it take a look at itself! They're fighting from the inside to make a difference. I know their lawyers hardly earn what they could if they worked for a commercial entity. But they make the sacrifice to figjt for and be the voice of those who cannot be heard. I make a monthly contribution to ALDF because they are making this difference for animals!

2 Diane118

Donor

Rating: 5

Animals deserve to be treated humanely and with respect...The Animal Legal Defense Fund fights the good fight to ensure that for all animals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent organization takes on important cases. Uses my donations properly

2 Lori92

Donor

Rating: 5

This is such a wonderful organization and should have a stronger presence in the world of animal rights! They do fantastic work and are silent angels!

Thanks to all of you for the work you do in the name of all the animals who do not have a voice!

God Bless!

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3 Tina D.

Donor

Rating: 5

My experience with ALDF is as a donor, though I have met personally a few of the folks that work at this organization and I keep in touch with them via Facebook and email. I also follow the cases they are working on through Facebook and email, as well.

In my experience, I have found the people who work for ALDF to be the ultimate animal rights advocates. They work tirelessly to protect the innocent animals who have no voice in our legal system. They deal with the most horrifying cases and continue to fight, day after day. I appreciate what they do so much because they do what I cannot. Sometimes I can't even read the details of the cases because they are so horrifying, and yet the folks at ALDF somehow manage to deal with the horrific nature of these cases. I admire them, I applaud them, and that's why I support them.

1 Elizabeth59

Donor

Rating: 5

For more than 30 years, ALDF has been defending animals who have been subjected to abuse and cruelty through the legal system. Although animals are considered property in many jursidictions, ALDF recognizes and educates others about the need to establish laws to protect these sentinent beings who cannot speak for themselves. Unfortunately, "property" means easily disposible, and "do with it what you will." The result of that thinking for some is tragic for animals. ALDF now has a new mobile "Crime Tips" app, which allows folks to report crimes against animals from Iphones and Androids.

I own and operate a professional pet sitting service, and know there are many great animal groups to support. However, ALDF is at the top of my list.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I make a monthly contribution to this organization because of their effectiveness in the courts towards humane treatment of animals. They are the "ACLU" of animals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I appreciate ALDF's effort in improving the laws toward animals protection and animal well-being. In the battle against such a widespread, deep-rooted and systemic problem, the legal system is one of the most important targets for real and lasting change.

3 Jacie A.

Donor

Rating: 5

After researching many nonprofits to figure out where I'd like to donate to, I found this honest organization that truly cares about animals and uses it's money to make a meaningful impact. They focus on law for animals- what better way to keep terrible situations from happening again? They get great ratings online for how they are truly a not-for-profit.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I would like to commend the Animal Legal Defense Fund, my favorite animal charity, for the many wonderful things they have accomplished in the animal world. I am and have been a proud donor for many years beginning when I first learned of what separated them from the rest - they are successfully changing the world one case at a time via the law. Back some time ago when suddenly everyone was jumping on the animal rights bandwagon because it was "chic" to do so and following that "other" charity, I had already been committed to this group and stuck with this one for good reason. While I respect their passion, I often disagree with other well-known groups tactics and will not support violence in the name of helping animals as it is detrimental to the cause. I will share the public relations speech I often still give (free of charge, of course!) when discussing the ALDF in comparison to other animal rights groups: "There is no justice for animals when people attack people in the name of that cause. That only creates hatred for animal rights supporters and nobody wins - least of all the animals. Instead, groups such as the ADLF don't go around practicing guerilla warfare on people who choose to wear fur and attack them with buckets of red paint. Instead they fight with the pen vs the sword - they forge ahead conservatively but with steadfast ambition to right the wrongs of this society and the way our animals are treated by making it illegal to do so. By helping pass legistlature and consistently fight the court battles against animal abuse, they are making the deplorable acts against animals by humans illegal and only then can such acts be punished. By giving me the opportunity to volunteer in their criminal law division, I often lend a hand by writing letters to judges and prosecutors in support of those cases brought before the courts which are vital to win and set a precedent for animal laws going forward. As Gandi once said 'the moral fiber of a nation is judged by the way their animals are treated'." I proudly congratulate my favorite charity, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, for working toward making our nation one that Gandi would be truly proud of.

1 Karen173

Donor

Rating: 5

ALDF looks out for and defends ALL animals who cannot speak for themselves.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I read everytime their special work to protect the life of the animals, to educate people in that way

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization works hard with too little funds to get at the root of making change: the legal system. They are worth every penny. The law needs to enforce and support change for animal welfare. Please join me in supporting them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

One of the weakest and most-needed areas of animal advocacy is the law. ALDF is on the forefront of this, fighting for the fair and humane treatment of animals and they are awesome. So grateful for them! Please support them financially so they can keep up (and expand) the good work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is inspiring as it speaks for those without voices, animals. Everyday they are impacting society by fighting for animal's rights by banning unethical actions or practices that involve suffering. They have been my inspiration for many years and it is because of them that I wish to practice in the Animal Law field.