Animal Legal Defense Fund Ranks U.S. State Animal Protection Laws

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) recently released its 14th annual U.S. State Animal Protection Laws Ranking Report for the year 2019. The ALDF assesses each state’s animal protection legislation and ranks them from strongest to weakest.  For 2019, Illinois ranked first, followed by Oregon, Colorado, Maine, and Rhode Island. At the bottom of the … Continue reading Animal Legal Defense Fund Ranks U.S. State Animal Protection Laws

Proposed PAWS Act Would Cover Service Dogs for Veterans with PTSD

The US Department of Veterans Affairs currently does not offer reimbursement for the cost of service dogs for military veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). That could change with proposed legislation known as the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) Act, which is making its way through both the House and the Senate. If passed, … Continue reading Proposed PAWS Act Would Cover Service Dogs for Veterans with PTSD

House Passes PACT Act to Make Animal Cruelty a Federal Crime

The PACT (Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture) Act was passed unanimously in the US House of Representatives this week. This act would expand on a prior law that criminalizes the production and distribution of animal torture videos.  Passage of the PACT Act would criminalize acts of animal torture at the federal level as well. Representatives … Continue reading House Passes PACT Act to Make Animal Cruelty a Federal Crime

California Bans “Easter Bunny” Sales in New Animal Welfare Law

This Easter marks the first year a new California animal welfare law designed to protect rabbits goes into effect.  California is the first state in the US to ban live rabbit sales at pet stores—an effort to cut back on the number of rabbits that are either abandoned, surrendered to shelters, or euthanized after Easter. … Continue reading California Bans “Easter Bunny” Sales in New Animal Welfare Law

New California Pet Store Law Helps Shelter Animals

January 1, 2019 was the first day that a new animal welfare law went into effect here in California.  Under this law (called the Pet Rescue and Adoption Act), pet stores cannot sell dogs, cats, or rabbits unless they are from animal shelters or rescue organizations. This law prevents pet stores from selling animals sourced … Continue reading New California Pet Store Law Helps Shelter Animals