Animal Legal Defense Fund ranks states by animal-cruelty laws

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has published a ranking of US states, based on each state’s animal cruelty laws.

The five states at the bottom of the list are Idaho, North Dakota, Iowa, Mississippi and Kentucky. The five best are Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Oregon and California.

From the ALDF website

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Based on a detailed comparative analysis of more than 4,000 pages of statutes, tracking fourteen broad categories of provisions, the report recognizes the states where animal law has real teeth, and calls out those like Kentucky–the single worst in the nation for animal protection laws for the fourth year running–where animal abusers get off easy.

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