Compassion Over Killing's Legal Advocacy Program
Our Legal Advocacy Program has been working since 2004 to use the legal system as a powerful tool to fight the systemic injustices of factory farming. We focus on creatively using existing criminal laws and civil litigation to target large-scale animal cruelty on factory farms and to protect compassionate consumers from manipulation and unfair business practices by the animal agriculture industry. Farmed animals are given almost no protection under the law, at both the state and federal levels, which makes our task all that more challenging – and important.
Our goal is to seek enforcement of existing, albeit minimal, criminal laws against the owners and employees of these facilities that harm animals on a massive scale. We work day in and day out to develop in-depth analysis of legal avenues to achieve our goals in order to bring landmark lawsuits and other legal actions. In addition, the Legal Advocacy Program conducts multiple outreach and educational activities focusing on factory farming and the law, which are targeted at attorneys, law students, and members of the public who are interested legal issues related to farmed animals.
We’ve made great strides as we’ve confronted animal agribusiness—both its cruel practices and its unfair business practices.
Our Legal Advocacy Program has continued to grow and thrive, making progress for farmed animals.