beneficiary-2012-q3-logo-aldfAnimal Legal Defense Fund works to institute laws stopping animal abuse, uphold existing laws, provide legal support in animal cruelty cases, and educate future lawyers as well as the public.

One of their biggest ongoing battles is against puppy mills, the horrific breeding operations behind pet store puppies. Apart from supplying excess puppies and kittens in a country where 4 million animals are euthanized every year in shelters, these mills imprison constantly breeding mothers in cages and produce unsanitary conditions and inbred, unhealthy dogs.
Recent victories include the removal of eight severely neglected horses from their abusive owners, with custody granted to the United States Equine Rescue League; an undertaking by the Department of Transportation to better advertise the dangers of transporting animals in cargo holds; and successful lawsuits against animal shelters in violation of humane shelter laws. The ALDF is still fighting numerous cases on behalf of animals from neglected dogs to endangered turtles, abused pregnant sows, and tortured chimpanzees.
To learn more about the ALDF, you can request action alerts or help out by signing petitions.