2006 State Animal Protection Laws Rankings™February 2nd, 2006
Every state today has laws protecting animals from cruelty and neglect; however some states have better laws than others. Following a detailed comparative analysis of the animal protection laws of each state in the country, researching over two thousand pages of statutes and tracking more than thirty different categories of provisions, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has produced a first-of-its-kind report – a ranking of all fifty states and the District of Columbia for the general comprehensiveness and relative strength of their respective animal protection laws. This ranking groups states into top, middle or bottom tiers, and also includes a listing of the five states with the best laws and the five with the worst laws.
“Each state has room for improvement in the various ways its laws protect animals,” says Stephan Otto, Animal Legal Defense Fund's Director of Legislative Affairs and producer of the rankings, “however, it is undeniable that some states do have stronger, more extensive laws than others.” “We hope this report encourages states, especially those at the lower end of the ranking, to refocus their attention on this problem and work harder at improving their laws.”
The Animal Legal Defense Fund plans to release these rankings on an annual basis. Please contact your state legislators and encourage them to support improvements to the laws that protect animals. For additional information, please see the Resources section on our website.
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2006 State Animal Protection Laws Rankings
Comparing Overall Strength & Comprehensiveness
|Best Laws||California, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Oregon|
|Worst Laws||Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, North Dakota, Utah|
|Top Tier||California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Vermont, Virginia|
|Middle Tier||Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee|
|Bottom Tier||Alaska, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wyoming|
Overview: Why These States Made the “Worst Laws” List