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Animal Concerns Community

Animal Concerns focuses on every aspect of the animal rights community, from animal cruelty to vegetarianism to animal adoption and pet care. Animal Concerns provides a comprehensive list of animal-related organizations, educational essays, FAQs and reference pages dealing with these topics. Individuals interested in obtaining a job in an animal-related field will find our unique list of animal-related job listings useful.

The Animal Welfare Act

Contains the entire text of the animal welfare act in a pdf document, as well as lists of every licensed dealer, both class A (breeders) and class B (dealers), every research facility, active and inactive, every "exhibitor" (zoo, circus, etc) and every business licensed to transport animals in pdf documents. The policy manual is also on-line, along with the regulations and standards and the definitions section from Title 9 of the code of federal regulations and the booklets the USDA gives out.

Animal Legal Defense Fund

Founded in 1981, ALDF is the country's leading animal rights law organization working nationally to defend animals from abuse and exploitation. ALDF's network of over 700 attorneys is dedicated to protecting and promoting animal rights.

Animal Legislative Action Network

The Animal Legislative Network is a nationwide PAC, dedicated to the establishment of rights for animals through participation in the political process. We lobby congress, support specific legislation, and offer our support (both financial and our votes) to local and national candidates we feel are favorable to the establishment of rights for animals.

ASPCA Legal Affairs Department
ASPCA Government Affairs Office
ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement

The Legal Department of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals serves as counsel to The ASPCA, and actively supports the strict enforcement of anti-cruelty laws.

Government Affairs works for the enactment of federal, state and municipal laws that promote animal welfare, and the defeat of legislation that is detrimental to it. Instructions are given on how to write to Congress and have your own voice be heard.

The Humane Law Enforcement Department serves as a model for communities throughout the country.

Animal Rights Law Project - Rutgers University

'This website contains materials written by Gary Francione, Anna Charlton, and students in the course on Animal Rights and the Law that Francione and Charlton have taught at Rutgers University School of Law for over a decade. Rutgers was the first law school in the United States to have animal rights law as part of the regular academic curriculum, and to award students academic credit not only for classroom work, but also for work on actual cases involving animal issues that were litigated by Francione, Charlton, and associated counsel. The course is offered every semester and is now called "Animal Rights: Theory and Practice." '

In Defense of Animals

In Defense of Animals is one of the nation's foremost animal advocacy organizations dedicated to ending institutionalized abuse of animals by defending their rights, welfare and habitat.

The Doris Day Animal League

"The animals can't lobby Congress, they can't vote and speak out against the agonizing tortures being inflicted upon them every day. We must do it for them."

Farm Sanctuary

Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has established America's premier farm animal shelters and waged effective campaigns to stop farm animal cruelty.

The Fund for Animals

With regional offices working around the country on hard-hitting animal advocacy campaigns, and animal care facilities such as the world-famous Black Beauty Ranch, The Fund is one of the largest and most active organizations working for the cause of animals throughout the world.

The Humane Society of the United States

"The HSUS is a voice for animals in the nation's capital and in state capitals throughout the country. We monitor and push for animal-protection legislation and for funding of existing programs; testify before legislators; draft legislation; and provide expert advice to elected officials."

League of Humane Voters

"The League of Humane Voters was established to organize voters who are concerned about non-human animals and willing to vote for candidates on these issues."

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - Action Alerts

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), with more than six hundred thousand members, is the largest animal rights organization in the world. Founded in 1980, PETA is dedicated to establishing and protecting the rights of all animals. PETA operates under the simple principle that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment.

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