The State of Legal Protections for Farm Animals in the United States

The 11th Annual DC Week for the Animals Law Night

Join representatives of the Animal Welfare Institute’s Farm Animal Program and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Government Relations Department for a talk about the state of legal protections for farm animals in the United States. This panel will provide a brief overview of federal and state laws affecting farm animals and discuss opportunities and challenges for advocates in improving animal lives through legislation, regulation, and litigation. The panel will include a legislative case study, recent regulatory developments, areas for improvement, and conclude with a question and answer session.


  • Dena Jones, Director, Farm Animal Program, Animal Welfare Institute
  • Erin Thompson, Staff Attorney, Farm Animal Program, Animal Welfare Institute
  • Andrew Binovi, Senior Manager, Federal Legislation, Government Relations, ASPCA