Law & Policy
Fighting industrial meat and dairy conglomerates requires cooperation and a belief in the possibility of food justice.
Defendants face jail time for removing 70 birds from factory farms and providing them with medical care.
The Texas law could force plant-based companies to spend millions in redesign expenses and still end up afoul of the vague requirements.
Three charts document the lawmakers taking a position on the controversial EATS Act, and the votes still up for grabs.
Here’s what you need to know about the dog meat industry, and the western hypocrisies about eating animals it reveals.
Farm subsidies make meat and dairy much cheaper – but fruits and vegetables? Not so much. Here’s why.
The new bill represents the single biggest challenge to animal welfare laws, but food safety and honey bee protections are also at risk.
California’s Prop 12 faced industry opposition because it has huge implications for animal welfare. Now that it’s been upheld by the Supreme Court, here’s what’s next.
Why are so many animals left out of the Animal Welfare Act? We explain the history of the law, and its shortcomings.
Animal welfare advocates and animal rights groups are sometimes at odds. In this explainer, we dig into where the two approaches diverge.
Right to farm laws are increasingly used to protect industrial meat operations from answering for their air and water pollution.
The farm bill is a collection of laws that governs our food system, including subsidies and federal nutrition benefits known as SNAP.
A growing number of students are fighting back against the government’s milk mandate.
Big Ag has demanded billions of federal dollars to reduce its water usage.
In a 5-4 majority opinion, the Court upheld the rights of California voters to require pork sold in the state meet animal welfare requirements.
The Honorable Murray Sinclair worked to pass The Jane Goodall Act, which would turn Indigenous teachings on animals and wildlife into law.
A new research project illuminates the connection between prisons and meat processors, and how both benefit from incarcerated labor.
Public opinion polls find strong levels of support for animal welfare laws aimed at improving the treatment of farm animals.
Campaigners say the U.K.’s Genetic Technology Bill doesn’t do enough to protect farm animals.
The Smithfield and Excelsior trials ended with very different decisions that could impact the future of the movement.
So called “ag-gag” laws criminalize elements of undercover investigations like taking photographs and recording video in factory farms.
This course explores the contemporary labor landscape and workers’ rights in the animal protection movement.
Earlier this week, animal protection groups filed briefs in support of Proposition 12, California’s landmark animal protection law.
Iowa residents once had a right to sue polluting factory farm neighbors, Now the Iowa Supreme Court has taken that right away.
Happy the Elephant’s case shows how animal exploitation industries obstruct legal progress.
The term “food desert” describes an area where it is hard for people to access fresh, healthy and affordable produce.
While Happy remains behind bars, the elephant’s legal team says the case represents a paradigm shift in the way humans grant legal rights to animals.
Weathers is running for State Representative in the city of Stowe, Vermont, where he says “the status quo isn’t working” anymore.
Newcomer to the animal protection scene Australian Alliance for Animals sets out to fix the country’s “broken” animal welfare regulatory systems.
“This bill could help usher in a new generation of African American farmers,” a Black producer said. “But, if it fails, it’s gonna continue to dwindle.”
The Nestlé supplier faces criminal animal cruelty charges, financial penalties, and possible jail time for the farm’s owners following a 2018 investigation by Animal Outlook.
We cover the exploitation of animals wherever it persists. Here’s a shortlist of some of the best and worst places for animals rights.
An EU ban on the routine use of antibiotics that could change the face of intensive farming comes into force this month. Will producers comply?
Tensions continue to rise between ranchers and activists at Point Reyes National Seashore after 72 more elk died this summer.
A former UK police detective says abuse is tied to violent crimes like child abuse and sexual assault. Still, law enforcement agencies rarely prioritize animal protection.
Activists arrived outside the home of California Governor Gavin Newsom with a simple ask: halt the expansion of factory farms. His response may surprise you.
Climate change impacts every species on the planet. Why are humans the only ones drafting a response?
The legal system hasn’t simply failed farmed animals—it has actively and methodically facilitated their exploitation. Here’s what needs to change.
Animal protection refers to the set of laws, belief systems, and activist networks dedicated to protecting animals from needless suffering.
We sat down with Cheryl Leahy, Executive Director of Animal Outlook, to talk about the pet food industry, “crush videos,” and a new investigation.
The film urges action on ag-gag laws, which seek to “gag” would-be whistleblowers by punishing them for recording footage of what goes on inside factory farms.
Massive outbreaks of COVID-19 led to the permanent closure of fur farms in the Netherlands, Poland, and France, but the U.S. has yet to take action.
Fish are one of the few farmed animals not protected by the Humane Slaughter Act. Producers are aware of this loophole and regularly exploit it, investigators say.
Award-winning photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur discusses Canada’s latest ag-gag law and how the industry’s ongoing attack on journalists and activists is impacting her work.
Supermarkets often will not open stores in low-income neighborhoods, further limiting access to nutritious foods for their residents. Two California communities are taking a stand.
Nearly 300 endangered tule elk isolated on the Pt. Reyes National Seashore are in a fight for their lives—with no help from the National Park Service, the organization tasked with their protection.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that USDA will begin a new process to address farmed animal welfare standards. It’s long overdue.
Ag-gag laws got their name from the intended effect of gagging activists from exposing the truth about the animal agriculture industry. They are widely considered to be violations of free speech.
The new animal sentience bill could make progress for animals on several fronts. But the bill is vague in key respects, protecting some animals while leaving out others.