Five Best States for Animal Abusers in 2010

Do the animal protection laws in your state have real bite? 


The Animal Legal Defense Fund just released their annual report that ranks the strength of animal cruelty laws in each state.  Check below to see how your state ranks.


This is the fifth year the Animal Legal Defense Fund has put together the list of the five best states in the country to be an animal abuser.  Or to put it another way, the five states where animal abusers “get off easy.”


The report investigated 4,000 pages of statutes and provisions and compared the strength of animal protection laws in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories.


So what are the five most lenient states for people who commit atrocities against innocent animals? 

They are: Kentucky, North Dakota, Idaho, Mississippi and Iowa.

The single worst state in the nation for animal protection laws is Kentucky and this is the fourth consecutive year for that ranking.


The five worst states received their placement because the laws on the books are: severely limited, omit felony charges, have poor animal fighting provisions and do not restrict future ownership of animals for people convicted of abuse.


On the other end of the spectrum the five best states for animal protection are: Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Oregon and California.  These are the same states that were awarded the best five in 2009.


Alaska showed the most improvement, moving from 44th last year to 37th this year.  Other states that moved up the ladder in 2010 are: West Virginia, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Arizona. 


Their ranking changed because of statutes that included animals in “domestic violence protective laws.”


To see the full report and check where your state fell in the rankings – Click Here.



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W. C
W. C4 months ago

Thanks for caring.

William C
William C4 months ago

Thank you for the information.

kathleen t.
kathleen t4 years ago

So why have the laws never got more harder ,until that happens ALL innocent animals will continue to suffer unbelivable agony and fear .While the sick abusers are getting away with all crimes related to animals .The "laws" are as bad as the abusers.

Jody B.
Jody B4 years ago

My neighbor state ND has got to step up! Republicans who only care about $$ run the state.

Rebecca G.
Rebecca G5 years ago

My state, Florida is in the middle, but we can still do more to improve. Every state should have VERY strong anti cruelty laws, and prosecute the offenders. It has been proven that animal abusers graduate to people cruelty. Animals are defenseless and only ask for our love and to be taken care of.

donna feistel
donna feistel5 years ago

I want to see all our states with FELONY LAWS re: animal abusers!!!! No loopholes!!! Just real and hard punishment for these evil people.!! Too bad I can't retaliate on my own!!!!

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle7 years ago

I want to see all states treat animal abuse as a FELONY.

rene davis
irene davis7 years ago

thank you.

Patricia P.
Patricia Poole7 years ago

Hopefully the laws against criminals that torture and kill animals should be strengthened and enforced. These abusers are also abusing children you can bet. There should be no lienenancy for the punishment they deserve.

Patricia P.
Patricia Poole7 years ago

I have lived in California since 1974 and have become an animal activist and volunteer for a rescue group. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania and can write a book on what I witnessed regarding animal cruelty. It was soo depressing to see animals tied outside to a broken down dog house empty water bowls and feces that never was cleaned up and flies biting the dogs ears. What a miserable life these dogs lived and especially the hunting dogs that belonged to hunters but what I have been reading there are changes being made back there. Getting to be more rescue groups and people being made aware of animal cruelty and puppy mills. I commend them. As far as Kentucky goes. These are uneducated hillbillies that cannot be rehabilitated. I pitty the poor animals there.