Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
SALDF Mission
The Widener Law School SALDF

For more than a quarter-century, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has been fighting to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. Founded in 1979 by attorneys active in shaping the emerging field of animal law, ALDF has blazed the trail for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals in every corner of American life. Today, ALDF's groundbreaking efforts to push the U.S. legal system to end the suffering of abused animals are supported by hundreds of dedicated attorneys and more than 100,000 members. Every day, ALDF works to protect animals by:
  • Filing groundbreaking lawsuits to stop animal abuse and expand the boundaries of animal law.
  • Providing free legal assistance to prosecutors handling cruelty cases.
  • Working to strengthen state anti-cruelty statutes.
  • Encouraging the federal government to enforce existing animal protection laws.
  • Nurturing the future of animal law through Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapters and our Animal Law Program.
  • Providing public education through seminars, workshops and other outreach efforts.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund's primary programs include: our Litigation Program, which files cutting-edge lawsuits to stop the abuse of companion animals, and animals abused in industries including factory farming and the entertainment business; our Criminal Justice Program, which works with law enforcement and prosecutors to seek maximum penalties for animal abusers; and, our Animal Law Program, dedicated to fostering the field of animal law among legal professionals and in law schools nationwide. In addition to our national headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Animal Legal Defense Fund maintains offices in Omaha, Nebraska and Portland, Oregon.

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