The Animal Defense League of Arizona began to focus on wildlife protection late in the 1990’s.  Its focus has been on the Arizona Game & Fish Commission and Department, as they have primary responsibility for all wildlife management decisions in Arizona, except those involving federally protected species and decisions made by land management agencies that affect wildlife.

The primary goals of the wildlife program have been to be recognized as a stakeholder by Arizona Game & Fish in order to represent the interests of wildlife, the animal protection community and the majority of Arizonans who do not hunt and fish; to advocate for the protection of “focal” species- those species upon which other species depend and that are critical to functioning ecosystems; and to advocate for the protection of important habitat.

As long as wildlife policies are based on sound science, ADLA believes that hunting is not the biggest threat to wildlife in Arizona.  Rather, loss of habitat, fragmentation and climate change are much bigger and more imminent threats.  Ideally, ADLA would prefer to find common ground with hunters, based on its belief that too few people have an interest in nature and the outdoors.  

ADLA regularly participates in Arizona Game & Fish Commission and Department meetings to advocate for habitat protection, focusing on important focal species.  Those are species that protect habitat for many other species when present, and help assure that Arizona’s ecosystems are functioning and resilient.  ADLA’s work is primarily on mountain lions and prairie dogs.

ADLA also provides oversight of Game and Fish in order to defeat bad policies that will harm wildlife or decrease the voice of animal protection.  In November of 2010, ADLA was one of the groups that led the charge to defeat Proposition 109- a poorly conceived proposed amendment to Arizona’s Constitution that was soundly defeated by voters.

ADLA also reminds Game and Fish that many of their constituents do not hunt and fish. Their interests and the interests of wildlife must be balanced in Game and Fish decision-making. 


Speak Up for Lobos!

August 11, 2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Please join ADLA and other lobo supporters at the public hearing on August 11 in Pinetop.

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

A Federal Court judge has denied former Wildlife Services employee Russell 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.” 

This is the latest development in a case that has factually and legally been full of firsts, accroding to ADLA president and attorney Stephanie Nichols-Young. 

Federal Court Order on Russell Files Case

Federal Court judge has denied former Wildlife Services employee Russell Files’ motion to dismiss felony animal cruelty charges.

GCWRP Big Lake Camp-Out

August 8, 2014 (All day) - August 11, 2014 (All day)

Aug 8-11: Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project Big Lake Camp-Out (Friday evening- Sunday mid day).  Hearing Tuesday  Aug 11 in Pinetop. Click here for information and to RSVP. Also let us know if you are thinking about going, we may have an ADLA group participating. Email adla@adlaz.org 

Gunnison’s Prairie Dog Vaccine Research Volunteer Assistance

July 28, 2014 (All day) - July 29, 2014 (All day)

July 28th- 29th (or 30th if project isn't finished):Gunnison’s Prairie Dog Vaccine Research Volunteer Assistance. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Jennifer Cordova at jcordova@azgfd.gov. Project will be in northern Arizona. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Wolf Advocates Speak Out at Hearing in Pinetop

On December 3rd, ADLA representatives traveled to Pinetop for the US Fish &Photo by Nate Renn Wildlife Service (USFWS) public hearing on its Mexican gray wolf proposals, along with many other wolf supporters. The meeting was held in the wolf recovery area, and it was expected that wolf opponents would pack the conference center. However, many wolf advocates turned out in large numbers, and held a strong presence throughout the hearing. 

Save the Lobo at Hon-Dah in Pinetop on December 3, 2013!

Fifteen years after they were reintroduced, only 75 Mexican gray wolves remain Save the Loboin the wild, and they have undergone dangerous genetic deterioration due to government and private shooting and trapping, along with a freeze on wolf releases to the wild.

Great Black Footed Ferret Story in Today's AZ Republic, Except...

The Arizona Game & Fish Commission and Department are not in a good place right now. The Commission is the worst that ADLA has seen in over twenty years of wildlife advocacy.  Both have reversed a number of incremental positive changes that they had made- such as mountain lion policies.

Update: Wildlife Services Agent Indicted by Grand Jury

Wildlife Services employee Russell Files has been indicted by a grand jury for felony animal cruelty 

ADLA's 25th Anniversary Celebration

Join Animal Defense League of Arizona on December 8th to Celebrate the Holidays and our 25th Anniversary! There will be lots of food, drinks, a silent auction, and perhaps a chance to meet ADLA's Spokescat, Mrs. Beasley!


Eventbrite - ADLA 25th Anniversary Celebration