Many animals in the United States are still considered property under the law and thus, can be subjected to very cruel practices. Fortunately, there are efforts underway to shift this paradigm. On this week’s ACT Radio, Liz and Tom talk with Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director and CEO Stephen Wells about the organization’s groundbreaking efforts to push the U.S. legal system to end the suffering of abused animals.
Founded in 1979 by attorneys active in shaping the emerging field of animal law, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has blazed the trail for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals in every corner of American life.
Prosecutors and law enforcement often lack the resources or specific expertise needed to prosecute crimes against animals. To that end, the Animal Legal Defense Fund provides free legal assistance to prosecutors, law enforcement, and veterinarians handling animal cruelty cases.
Also in the news segment, China bans animal testing for cosmetics and a decline in checkered spot butterflies in the Sacramento mountains.