Using the law to advance animal protection.
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PUTTING THE LAW ON THE SIDE OF ANIMALS
Animal Equality works to advance animal protection by ensuring that existing laws and regulations are strictly enforced.
Advocating for a better future
Despite there being few and inadequate laws and regulations protecting farmed animals around the world, Animal Equality works to secure stronger protections that benefit farmed animals in countries all around the world.
In jurisdictions where we find laws to be insufficient, Animal Equality submits proposals for new legislation, based upon recommendations by leading animal welfare experts, to improve the lives of farmed animals. These recommendations are then often adopted by governments. We often collaborate with Senators, MPs, and other officials to influence government policy.
SEEKING JUSTICE FOR ANIMALS
Thanks to our investigations department, Animal Equality holds individuals and companies accountable for the abuse and neglect of farmed animals.
Our work has resulted in historic convictions of workers for acts of cruelty and neglect committed against animals, investigations of animal agriculture facilities by local authorities, and the closure of slaughterhouses, farms, and meat markets around the world.
PETITIONING FOR POSITIVE CHANGE
Animal Equality generates public awareness and channels support for legal changes through petitions, calling on governments to enact positive changes for farmed animals. In the United States, Animal Equality’s supporters have taken action to demand the USDA end plans to relax rules and regulations around animal slaughter, and in Iowa, they voiced opposition to a state bill that would prohibit grocers from selling only cage-free eggs.
facilities closed thanks
to Animal Equality’s efforts
successful prosecutions of workers
for cruelty to farmed animals
by our legal initiatives
CURRENT LEGAL CAMPAIGNS
Farmed animals receive few legal protections and those that exist are rarely enforced. Animal Equality campaigns to ensure animals are protected under the law and that those who abuse them are held responsible.
PREVENT CRUELTY CALIFORNIA
Animal Equality was part of a coalition of farmed animal protection groups that succeeded in establishing more rigorous farmed animal welfare laws in California.
The Prevention of Cruelty to Farm Animals Act will help free millions of animals from cages and gives California some of the most advanced farmed animal welfare protections in the world.
Animal agriculture is a cruel industry that abuses animals. With your support, Animal Equality is fighting for justice for farmed animals around the world.
Helped secure passage of Question 3 in Massachusetts
Animal Equality was part of a coalition that helped pass Question 3 in Massachusetts. This initiative helps prevent cruelty by eliminating extreme methods of farmed animal confinement on facilities that raise animals for food. The measure passed with more than 78% of the vote supporting protections for animals.
GOVERNMENT ADOPTS ANIMAL EQUALITY'S RECOMMENDATIONS
Based upon Animal Equality’s investigative findings, the Law Commission of India stated that it will be adopting Animal Equality’s recommendations to improve animal welfare.
HISTORIC SENTENCING IN EL ESCOBAR
Following a 2012 Animal Equality investigation, a Spanish court gave farm workers a historic sentence for their involvement in cruelty towards animals. The men received a one-year prison sentence and have been banned from working with animals for three years.
A BAN ON BULL CART RACING
In 2014, the Supreme Court of India passed a landmark judgment banning bullock cart races and all performances of bulls throughout the country, thanks in part to the work of Animal Equality in India.
SHUT DOWN: HARLING PIG FARM
In 2012, After an intensive two-month undercover investigation which provided a shocking look into the British pig meat industry, two farm workers were convicted of cruelty to animals and the Harling Farm was shut down.
END OF ANIMAL SACRIFICE AT MAJOR FESTIVAL
Animal Equality campaigned for years to end the cruel sacrifice at one of Nepal’s largest festivals, which takes place every five years. In 2014, our efforts led to a 70% reduction of the animals killed, and in 2015 the Gadhimai Temple Trust announced an end to this deadly tradition.
MEPs received about 30,000 emails in the week leading up to the vote, asking them to support my initiative to ban battery cages for rabbits. There has never been an online campaign of that scale at the EU Parliament before.
It was the exceptional efforts of Animal Equality that contributed to the passage of my initiative with an overwhelming majority.
Member of EU Parliament
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