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Animal Bill of Rights
  • Petitioned U.S. House of Representatives

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Animal Bill of Rights

    1. Petition by

      Animal Legal Defense Fund

Do You Believe Animals Deserve Basic Legal Rights?

Deprived of legal protection, animals are defenseless against exploitation and abuse by humans. Through the Animal Bill of Rights, the Animal Legal Defense Fund is working to show Congress a groundswell of support for legislation that protects animals and recognizes that, like all sentient beings, animals are entitled to basic legal rights in our society.

More than a quarter-million Americans have already signed the Animal Legal Defense Fund's Animal Bill of Rights. Sign on your support and speak out to your lawmakers today!

A Petition to the United States Congress

I, the undersigned American citizen, believe that animals, like all sentient beings, are entitled to basic legal rights in our society. Deprived of legal protection, animals are defenseless against exploitation and abuse by humans. As no such rights now exist, I urge you to pass legislation in support of the following basic rights for animals:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • b j PA
      • over 1 year ago

      I am an animal lover plain & simple and they do not have a voice so it is up to Americans to be that voice!

    • Michael Clampett GREENVILLE, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      People should go through training to obtain a certificate granting them the right to own pets

    • Sue Thompson NICHOLASVILLE, KY
      • over 1 year ago

      We must speak for those who can not speak for themselves. Animals feel pain, hunger, loneliness and do not understand abandonment nor intentional cruelty. Please help them, we are all they have.

    • yelle nathalie QUEBEC, CANADA, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago


    • Dianna Posner OLYMPIA, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      It's time that Congress passed a Bill that all animals, and those caught perpetrating animal cruelty be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. At this point the law is to vague, thus allowing many to receive no more than a slap on the hand.


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