National ranking: states that have the best and worst animal protection laws
Kentucky has the worst animal protection laws in the country while Illinois leads the list of states with the best laws, according to a new report. The 2012 U.S. Animal Protection Laws Rankings from the nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) compared animal protection measures in all 50 states.
The seventh annual ALDF report analyzed more than 4,000 pages of state statutes. It tracked animal protection laws in 15 categories, including felony penalties available for animal cruelty, increased penalties for repeat abusers and whether courts can order forfeiture of abused animals and whether animals may be included in domestic violence protective orders.
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