Legislation, Law Enforcement and Cruelty Issues

Humane Society International


The following resources can assist animal advocates with researching animal welfare/protection laws in their countries and drafting new laws. Humane Society International is also available to work with NGOs on drafting and reforming their countries’ legislation. Contact us here.

  • Animal Legal and Historical Center, a comprehensive repository of information about animal law, including: over 1200 full text cases (US, historical, and UK), over 1400 US statutes, over 60 topics and comprehensive explanations, legal articles on a variety of animal topics and an international collection.
  • Animal Protection Index ranks countries on their commitment to protect animals in their legislation, improve animal welfare and recognize animal sentience. (World Animal Protection)
  • World Animal Net has numerous resources for anyone interested in animal protection legislation, with model language on everything from government structures to cruelty to enforcement
  • Model Laws offers suggested language that can serve as templates for drafting animal protection legislation. (Animal Law Resource Center)

Law enforcement

  • Police and Dog Encounters: Tactical Strategies and Effective Tools to Keep Our Communities Safe and Humane, a series of training videos and The Problem of Dog-Related Incidents and Encounters, a manual, were created for police officers and law enforcement personnel by the U.S. Department of Justice and are available for free download in English and Spanish from the National Canine Research Council.

Animal cruelty issues

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