2008 State Animal Protection Laws Ranking
This annual report by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) assesses animal protection laws for every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other U.S. territories. The states are ranked according to their “relative strength and general comprehensiveness.”
In comparing overall strength and comprehensiveness, ALDF ranks the current animal protection laws the highest in California, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, and Oregon. The five lowest-ranking states include Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi, and North Dakota. Support for these rankings is included in the full report as well as lists of potential improvements for the highest-ranking states.