Legal advocacy

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.

THE NUMBERS


4

facilities closed thanks
to Animal Equality’s efforts

5

successful prosecutions of workers
for cruelty to farmed animals

+340 MILLION

animals impacted
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 is part of a coalition of farmed animal protection groups leading a movement to establish more rigorous animal welfare laws in California.

Once approved, the Prevention of Cruelty to Farm Animals Act will help free millions of animals from cages and would give California some of the most advanced farmed animal welfare regulations in the world.

ACHIEVEMENTS


Animal agriculture is a cruel industry that abuses animals. With your support, Animal Equality is fighting for justice for farmed animals around the world.

United States

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.

India

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.

Spain

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.

India

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.

United Kingdom

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.

Nepal

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.

Stefan Eck

Member of EU Parliament

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