Animal Bill of Rights

Do you believe animals deserve basic legal rights?

sponsored by Animal Legal Defense Fund • co-sponsors: (1)Become a Co-sponsor

primary topic: Welfare of Animals
secondary topics: Legal System

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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.

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.


More than a quarter-million Americans have already signed the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Animal Bill of Rights. Please sign the petition to show your support, and speak out to your lawmakers today!

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