Do you believe animals deserve basic legal rights?


Animal cruelty is defined differently in every state’s laws, but generally includes both abuse (like torture and mutilation) and neglect (being deprived of the most basic needs like food and water). Unfortunately in each state, the law treats animals as property instead of living, sentient beings. That’s why the Animal Legal Defense Fund stands for animals as their voice in the courtroom.

Cruelty by the numbers

of animal cruelty cases involve neglect

of innocent animals are slaughtered, tortured, maimed & abused each year

animals are victims of hoarding annually

Take Action: Sign the Animal Bill of Rights

I believe that animals, like all sentient beings, are entitled to basic legal rights in our society. Existing legal protections for animals do not go far enough in shielding all animals from exploitation and abuse by humans. As rights for animals do not currently exist, I urge you to pass legislation in support of these basic rights for animals …

   The Right of animals to be free from exploitation, cruelty, neglect, and abuse.


The Right of farmed animals to an environment that satisfies their basic physical and psychological needs.


The Right of animals to have their interests represented in court and safeguarded by the law of the land.


 The Right of animals used in laboratories not to be used in cruel or unnecessary experiments.


The Right of wildlife to a natural habitat, ecologically sufficient to a normal existence and self-sustaining species population.


The Right of companion animals to a healthy diet, protective shelter, and adequate medical care.


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