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The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is an American non-profit animal rights law organization focused on protecting and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. Founded in 1979 by attorney Joyce Tischler, it now has over 100,000 members and supporters, with offices in San Francisco, Omaha, Nebraska, and Portland, Oregon. [1] The logo of the Great Ape Project, which is campaigning for a Declaration on Great Apes. ...



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The ALDF's litigation program files lawsuits to stop the abuse of pets or companion animals, animals in factory farming and the entertainment business. Their criminal justice program works with law enforcement and prosecutors to seek maximum penalties for those convicted of animal abuse. Their animal law program works with student groups and law professors to expand the field of animal law in law schools. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1200x1600, 394 KB) Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) File links The following pages link to this file: Chacma Baboon ... The logo of the Great Ape Project, which is campaigning for a Declaration on Great Apes. ... Greg Avery (born 1963), also known as Greg Jennings and Greg Harrison, is a British animal rights activist and co-founder of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), an international campaign to force the closure of Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), a controversial animal-testing company with bases in Huntingdon, England, and... David Barbarash is the North American press officer for the Animal Liberation Front. ... Rod Coronado Rodney Adam Coronado is an American eco-anarchist and animal rights activist. ... Juliet Gellatley is a British writer and animal rights activist. ... Barry Horne Barry Horne was a British animal rights activist who died of kidney failure in Ronkswood Hospital, Worcester on November 5, 2001, following a series of four hunger strikes while serving an 18-year sentence for planting incendiary devices. ... Ronnie Lee is a British animal rights activist, and founder of the Animal Liberation Front. ... 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ALDF staff attorneys may bring suit themselves, or the organization may retain outside counsel. Their civil actions often include filing amicus curiae briefs arguing the case for "recognition of the bonds between humans and nonhuman animals." [1] Amicus curiae (plural amici curiae) is a legal Latin phrase, literally translated as friend of the court, that refers to a person or entity that is not a party to a case that volunteers to offer information on a point of law or some other aspect of the case to...


The ALDF awards grants to help attorneys proceed with cases, and provides expert testimony to facilitate the enactment of state laws that allow for damages for loss of companionship in cases involving the wrongful death or injury of a pet.


  1. ^ a b "Who We Are, What We Do", Animal Legal Defense Fund, retrieved August 21, 2006.

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