IMPORTANT MESSAGE from the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF)

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We sincerely value your concern for the animals and appreciate your willingness to be a voice for them. The following contains important information on some of the ACTIONLINES’s most frequently-asked-about issues. We also encourage you to visit our website at: for more information. If you require additional information or assistance after reviewing this material, please contact us at:


EMERGENCY SITUATIONS: If you have contacted us to report a situation in which an animal’s safety or life is in immediate danger, please call your local law enforcement agency or 911 immediately.


MEMBERS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT & MEDIA: If you are a member of a law enforcement agency or the media, please contact us at:


-If Criminal Charges Have Not Yet Been Filed: If you have information about an animal abuse or neglect case and criminal charges have not yet been filed, please report your information immediately to your local law enforcement agency, and to your local humane society, animal control department or SPCA. Additionally, if you witnessed the abuse or neglect, please file a complaint with your local law enforcement agency and demand that an investigation be completed. ALDF does not have an investigative unit, so it is imperative that local authorities fully investigate the case.
-If Criminal Charges Have Been Filed: If you have information about an animal abuse or neglect case and criminal charges have already been filed, please send an email to with the following information: Defendant’s name, a brief description of the crime, when and where the crime occurred (city, county, state), and the name and phone number of the prosecutor (if known) assigned to the case. Once ALDF receives this information, we will contact the prosecutor and work to ensure that the animal protection laws are fully enforced.


LOCATING LOCAL SHELTERS & HUMANE SOCIETIES: To locate humane societies, animal shelters and other animal protection organizations in your area, please visit the World AnimalNet Directory at:


CIVIL ANIMAL ISSUES: For civil situations such as veterinary malpractice, landlord- tenant, companion animal trusts and other issues, please review our online information at If after reviewing this material, you require further assistance, please contact us at:


INTERNATIONAL ANIMAL ABUSE & NEGLECT: At the present time, ALDF focuses solely on cases within the United States. For assistance with an international case, please contact one of the following organizations: – World Society for the Protection of Animals: – Humane Society International: – International Fund for Animal Welfare: – World AnimalNet Directory at:


URBAN WILDLIFE: For information on how to handle the conflicts that arise when society encroaches on wildlife habitat, please visit the “Urban Wildlife” section at The Fund for Animals:


FACTORY FARMING: The following organizations work exclusively on farm animal issues:

  • Farm Sanctuary:
  • Farm Animal Reform Movement (FARM):
  • United Poultry Concerns:
ABUSIVE CONDITIONS WITHIN ANIMAL SHELTERS: If you have information or have witnessed abusive or neglectful conditions at an animal shelter, we encourage you to first report your information to your local law enforcement agency (See “CRIMINAL ANIMAL ABUSE & NEGLECT” above). Second, contact the people or agencies who oversee the shelter and provide them with the your information. This is often the sheriff’s department, city council, mayor or city manager. Photographs, video, and other evidence of the abusive conditions are helpful and persuasive. If the overseeing agency is non-responsive, consider circulating a petition demanding that the abusive conditions be immediately corrected. Consider enlisting the help of the local media (newspapers, radio and television stations) to publicize the situation. Remember, animals in these situations are wholly reliant on your voice to protect their interests.


ANIMALS EXPLOITED IN THE MEDIA: Contact the broadcasting or publishing company, producers, editors, and advertisers and let them know that any “entertainment” that cause animals to suffer is unacceptable and that you will not patronize any advertiser that supports these activities. For additional information, contact:

  • American Humane Association – Film and TV Unit:
  • Performing Animals Welfare Society:


EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS/SEMINARS/TRAININGS: For information on our educational materials, seminars and trainings, please contact: