Places to Get Information and to Speak Out

Did you know that residents of New York State can look up pending legislation in the NYS Senate at You can sign up on the website to vote on any bill and let your state senator know whether you support or oppose that bill. This is a great way to get to know what bills the NYS Senate is considering and also to speak out on any of these bills. It’s an important and useful tool and we encourage you to use it.

Want to convince people of the importance of a specific animal protection law? Please take advantage of the links listed so that you have information you need to back up your efforts to help animals and free them from suffering. You can use this information and provide it to any or all of the following: fellow citizens, town board or city council, county legislature, state government and your congresspeople.

Though CLAAW is based and focused on passing laws in New York State, we are providing links to websites that provide valuable information on animal cruelty laws around the country. The organizations listed here publish animal protection information to provide it for those who wish to enact change in their communities. We continually update this list as we come across information in our own research. We hope that this list will help you with your research, as well.


Animal Defenders International
Legislation to Stop Circus Suffering
Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA)
Stop Circus Suffering – Take action on TEAPSPA

Animal Legal & Historical Center
Animals in Circuses and the Laws Governing Them
U.S. House Bill H.R.1759 [TEAPSPA]
Introduced in 2017. There is effort underway to have this bill reintroduced as of May 2019.

New York State Senate
Proposed Bill S276

Circus Animal Welfare

Puppy/Kitten Mills

Best Friends Animal Society
Municipalities with Puppy Mill Bans listed by State

Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association
Veterinary Report on Puppy Mills

Puppy Mill Project
Puppy Mills and the Law

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Internal Report on USDA Problems with Inspecting Problematic [puppy mill] Dealers

Tether Laws

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Animal Tethering Prohibitions

Beyond Fences
Donated Fence Program | Beyond Fences

Humane Society of the United States
Chaining and Tethering

Michigan State University, Animal Legal and Historical Center
Table of State Dog Tether Laws

Current Legislation on Tethering Dogs

Unchain Your Dog
Anti-Chaining Laws

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Humane Treatment of Dogs; Tethering

Federal and State Cruelty Laws

Animal Law Resource Center:
Search for Specific Laws

Animal Legal Defense Fund:
Report on Animal Protection Laws, State by State
New York Consolidated Laws and Constitution

Michigan State University, Animal Legal and Historical Center:
Comparative Laws Across the U.S.

New York State:
NY State Existing Cruelty Laws as of 2015
New York State Senate – search and vote on pending laws

General Advocacy – Animal Law

American Anti-Vivisection Society
Special Reports

Animal Health Institute
Pet Litigation

Animal Welfare Institute
Legislation Actions by AWI

Best Friends Animal Society
Resources Page

Humane Society of the United States
Legislation Info Page

Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association
HSVMA Policy Statements

Lewis & Clark Law School
Center for Animal Law Studies
New Animal Law Litigation Clinic to Focus on Farmed Animals (posted May 2, 2019)

How to Pass a Law

Advocating for Animals in NY