Farmed animals-those raised for the meat, dairy, and egg industries-are among the most abused in the United States, in numbers that are so staggering as to be almost incomprehensible. Investigations and industry whistleblowers have discovered abuses on farms and in slaughterhouses that are so horrific, most people cannot even bear to witness them. Despite their vast numbers, and the severity of the abuses they experience, farmed animals receive only miniscule protections by our legal system today. As a result, the Animal Legal Defense Fund seeks to develop creative legal strategies that allow us to improve and expand upon current law, looking toward a day when farmed animals receive basic protections under our legal system.
Send a letter to your state legislators and let them know that legal protections for animals are important to you!
The Animal Legal Defense Fund is working to show lawmakers 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. Speak out to your lawmakers today!
- United States Department of Agriculture and Thomas Vilsack, Secretary, USDA
As one of your constituents, I wanted to let you know that I believe 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. I encourage you to pass legislation in support of basic rights for animals.
More than a quarter-million Americans have already signed the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Animal Bill of Rights. The Animal Bill of Rights calls for:
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.
As your constituent, I urge you to consider animals and their basic rights when supporting legislation. Animals can’t vote, but those who love them do!
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