ANIMAL CRUELTY LAWS AND STATUTES 

In an unprecedented campaign against violence to animals, the American Humane Association (AHA) investigated the cruelty statutes in all 50 states and Washington, DC. As a result of that investigation, the AHA compiled a list of the basic aspects of each state's statute.


The AHA study specifically focuses on state cruelty statutes. Even though animal fighting is extremely cruel and limited information regarding fighting was included in the study, we have not included that information. If you wish to read the statutes for fighting, go to: American Humane Association

For current in-depth information about animal cruelty laws in your state and across the United States and Canada, Click on the link below, then 
click on the state you wish to review.

Animal Protection Laws of the United States of America and Canada