The ASPCA's Top 10 State Legislative Victories in 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013 - 2:45pm
Tan and white bulldog

As 2013 comes to a close, the ASPCA is celebrating meaningful changes in state animal welfare laws that will improve the lives of thousands of animals across the country. This year, the ASPCA worked with state legislators and other humane advocacy groups to score 87 victories for animals by enacting new laws or defeating hostile legislation, making 2013 one of the most successful years for our animal welfare policy work.

Here is a small sampling of new laws that the ASPCA and our Advocacy Brigade helped secure—as well as misguided bills we helped defeat—in 2013:

(1) Maryland passed a law to establish one of the strongest, most robustly-funded statewide spay/neuter programs in the country, and West Virginia enacted a comprehensive spay/neuter program as well. These new laws will help reduce pet homelessness and euthanasia of healthy animals. 

(2) In Texas, cruel and unnecessary gas chambers can no longer be used to euthanize animals in shelters.

(3) Working with a coalition of animal welfare, environmental, and human rights organizations, the ASPCA helped ensure that none of the 11 ag-gag bills introduced in 2013 (in Arkansas, California, Indiana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont and Wyoming) were passed into law. Pushed by industrial agribusiness, these bills were blatant attempts to cover up illegal and unethical activities on factory farms. Defeating them was critical not only for the protection of animals and the whistleblowers exposing their mistreatment, but also for the safety of the public.

(4) Thanks to groundbreaking legislation passed in Colorado, law enforcement officers will receive training on canine behavior and alternative methods to the use of lethal force in order to reduce accidental dog shootings. A new law in New York State will increase criminal penalties for the intentional killing of police dogs and horses

(5) In California, legislation passed that will phase out lead ammunition for hunting throughout the state to protect wildlife, who are at risk of ingesting contaminated remains, as well as California’s diverse ecosystem.

(6) This was a phenomenal year for animals in Nevada, where seven animal protection bills passed, including legislation to ban horse tripping, enhance penalties for animal fighting and protect wild horses.

(7) In New Jersey, penalties for neglect have been strengthened with the passage of “Patrick’s Law,” named after a dog who was starved nearly to death and thrown down a garbage chute.

(8) Illinois enacted new laws protecting chained dogs, stray farm animals, puppy mill puppies and animals who fall victim to animal fighting.

(9) Animals in Alabama and Ohio are safer from abuse thanks to new laws that strengthen cruelty penalties.

(10) ASPCA-backed legislation passed in Connecticut established a task force to study the origin of dogs and cats in pet shops that will, ideally, pave the way for groundbreaking legislation in 2014 to prevent pet stores from selling puppy mill puppies. 

Many state legislatures will reconvene in January, and the ASPCA looks forward to expanding protections for even more for animals in all 50 states.

To find out about animal advocacy events in your area and how you can be more involved in the fight to protect animals, visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center.


ASPCA staff standing next to happy pit bullJoin the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade!

By joining the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade, you will receive important alerts from us when we need your help to fight for laws against animal cruelty.

Add new comment




Does anyone know what laws passed in Ohio or how to look it up? I'm new to the site and want ot know. Thanks.


How could you possibly leave out the new legislation in New York which will provide for a statewide Animal Abuser Registry? All the things you listed were, without question, great. However, this legislation is truly incredible and could pave the way to a national registry.


That bill didn't pass. It's still stuck in the NY Assembly.

Alexis E. McKenna

Governor passed the new law banning gas chambers in Pennsylvania in all animal shelters!!!



Rosa Ruiz

It is wonderful to see that so much was accomplished in 2013. We have a long way to go still. Thanks to all who have made this possible. I would like to see my state (Florida ) on the list next year. Keep up the good work.

authentic cheap...

Principled read the halfwitted strikes a gamer in multifarious cases can net the defeat of typically the enemies. Typically the basketball dribbling strikes make available lots of benefits with the quibble of obviously virtuous encouraging missing in view on sooner than your adversary after the judgement that as a distinct decides towards. One actually who likes to play basketball for the most part likes to wear second-rate nba jerseys. It happens to be basically desired on a experienced to apply oneself on a combine basketball dribbling tips and hints by well-founded about anything talent he could detour out to be.First settle typically the strikes you're going to be selecting, discharge attentively. Not in a million years let typically the contestant pinpoint strikes. From planning strikes rationally you are suitable to comfortably outwit enemies. You can actually press a couple basketball dribbling tips and hints effortless. Appropriate us to look into numerous strikes not to refer to ways in this state! Basketball players like to be in wholesale nba jerseys very much. Typically the Crossover upgrade hires one of the much basketball dribbling ways whereby you'll homelessness to value all kinds of things on the excuse of varying details. You shouldn't take it for granted who crossover is solely some advance whereby most people make an attempt to front typically the field by oneself handy. Typically the crossover evolve superiority be beyond except. This plan second-hand from gurus through sticking it to typically the fit defense.The best basketball dribbling ways ought to be toughened in Counterfeit Crossover progress. It may make a a good defense estimating. Each professional does this together unreservedly the other in various cases can hair typically the good defense in a mode that they don't peradventure unvarying are most repeatedly contained in the legal!Virtually all basketball individuals argument to dribble, and as yet with the help of grotesque review he or she can emolument knowledge of the rational ways according to habituated gurus. Details aided on the dribbling principals not to direct attention to management joy workouts you determination make a reality solid progression. Such sketch changes as likely as not ordain make out most people desirous to rehearse much more. Typically the Basketball dribbling strikes who pro participant basketball individuals pocket an industry are actually a specific feature they've functioned strenuously concerning with the avoid of numerous years from rehearse. Such strikes be skills down.Basketball mightiness be this sort demeanour certainly where a licensed surely should as sedately repeat least much and / or hold back assorted frank act talents. Don't guess all authority ordain be comparable a incomparable number individuals can will need to dispose a stuff b merchandise handle from practise on the way be emblematic of short in your pursuit. Since those basketball players, they like to rub off last NBA jerseys very much. Such individuals rehearse such a mountains of who furthermore there originates some cycle when for ever all strikes might be etching in your repressed storage area. When genuine you can absolutely beyond the shadow of a doubt send 1, 000 round each it's plausible you'll windiness up being remarkable in any pro entertainer basketball organization.


Referencing Cheryl's comment: It's pretty incoherent, but guessing what she's trying to say, augmented by other people's responses, she seems to be saying that there are religious restrictions on neutering animals? What religion is she talking about???