The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is a non-profit law organization in the U.S. that works to protect the rights and advance the interests of animals. It was established in 1979 by attorneys active in shaping the emerging field of animal law. It is headquartered in San Francisco Bay area. The ALDF aims to protect animal rights with the aid of the legal system.
The ALDF conducts campaigns for stronger enforcement of anti animal cruelty laws. They also advocate for humane treatment of animals. Main activities of the ALDF are:
1. Providing assistance to prosecutors handling cruelty cases.
2. Filing law suits against animal cruelty and animal abuse.
3. Hosting seminars, workshops, and working to strengthen state criminal statutes.
4. Encouraging the federal government to enforce current animal protection laws.