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About the Animal Defense League of Arizona

The Animal Defense League of Arizona is a statewide animal protection organization that has worked for two decades on behalf of companion animals, wildlife, animals in laboratories, animals in entertainment, and farm animals.

Federal Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Cruelty Charges against Former Wildlife Services Employee

A Federal Court judge has denied former Wildlife Services employee Russell Zoey after recovery (photo: Britan Hartt)Files’ motion to dismiss felony animal cruelty charges.   The motion was based on what the Court described as a “seldom-litigated principle of federal constitutional law- federal Supremacy Clause immunity- to bar the State of Arizona from prosecuting him for animal cruelty.” 

New AZ Law Requires Injury Reporting at Tucson Dog Track!

Governor Brewer signed the law requiring full public reporting of greyhound injuries Jett (photo: Karyn Zoldan)and deaths at Tucson Greyhound Park! Thanks to Representatives Ethan Orr & John Kavanagh, GREY2K USA, The Humane Society of the United States - Arizona, Animal Defense League of Arizona, Humane Voters of AZ, Susan Via, Jamie Massey, Joe Romack, Nancy Young Wright, Caryn Wood, Karyn Zoldan, Sylvia Arena, and all the advocates who contacted legislators!

Damaging Animal Cruelty Bill is Dead!

We are ecstatic to report that the Arizona legislative session adjourned early today without passing the bill that would have severely damaged our animal cruelty law! Arnold (photo: Nancy Nenad)#1267/HB2587, was proposed by the agriculture industry, and as introduced would have prevented law enforcement from investigating animal cruelty and criminalized those who expose animal abuse.

Happy New Year from ADLA!

Squeaky and Mac

Thanks to all of ADLA's staff, volunteers, and supporters for making 2013 such a successful year! Be sure to check out Squeaky's video on ADLA's YouTube Channel!

 

Squeaky the Door Opening Cat!

Check out Squeaky's video on the ADLA YouTube Channel!

Deadly Dust Storms and Factory Farms

We are grateful that Arizona State Senator Steve Farley is safe after his close call in an I-10 pile-up that killed 3 people and injured 12. This was the latest of numerous deadly chain collisions caused by dust storms in Pinal County.

Update: Wildlife Services Trapping Case Moved to Federal Court

A federal court hearing was held on Sept. 9th in response to a request by Russell Files that his case be removed from Maricopa County Superior Court to Arizona Federal District Court.  The Removal was granted, so the state felony charges will be tried in federal court.  Files’ trial was originally set to begin next week, but has been continued to Dec. 10th, in Arizona Federal District Court.

Wildlife Services Adopts "Band-aid" Policy Changes

The USDA’s Wildlife Services adopts “band-aid” policy changes, instead of addressing its systemic problems.