State Bills

Anti-Whistleblower Legislation

Undercover investigations by animal advocates are an important tool in exposing the cruel realities of factory farming.However, industrial agriculture is continuing the tactic of introducing anti-whistleblower legislation, referred to as “ag-gag” bills, to prevent the investigation and exposure of cruel conditions endured by farm animals on factory farms.

Farm Animal Anti-Confinement Legislation

Millions of pigs, calves and chickens are forced to spend their lives confined in spaces so small they can't even turn around. Gestation crates, veal crates, and battery cages prevent animals from performing natural behaviors, thus causing injuries and significant physical and psychological stress.

Orca Anti-Captivity Legislation

Orcas are too intelligent, too wide-ranging, too socially complex, and simply too large to adjust to captivity in concrete tanks that are a tiny fraction the size of their natural home ranges. The compromised welfare of captive orcas is evidenced, among other things, by broken and worn down teeth from chewing on concrete walls and metal gates and collapsed dorsal fins.

Shark Finning Legislation

Currently, there are nine states and three US territories that control shark finning by controlling the sale and possession of shark fins. Although the states have varied exceptions and statutory penalties for violations, all the bans make it unlawful for any person to possess, sell, offer for sale, trade, or distribute shark fins within that jurisdiction.