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

My signature on the ANIMAL BILL OF RIGHTS stands as a loud declaration that animals deserve basic legal protections — recognized and enforced by law. Since basic rights for animals do not currently exist, I support the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s efforts to advocate for laws and/or policies that embody the spirit and principles of the following tenets:

   The Right of animals to have their interests represented in court and safeguarded by the law without impediments.


The Right of animals to have their status recognized under the law as living, feeling beings capable of a wide range of positive and negative experiences.


The Right of animals to be protected under the law from exploitation and cruelty.


 The Right of animals in the wild to self-determination and an environment that allows them to engage in behavior natural to their species.


The Right of animals under human care to have their species-specific and individual needs fulfilled to maximize their physical, emotional, and mental well-being.


The Right of animals subject to criminal acts to be legally recognized as crime victims.


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