February 17, 2010
Humane Society Ranks 50 States on Laws to Protect Animals
The Humane Society of the United States has released its first "Humane State Ranking," a comprehensive report rating all 50 states on a wide range of animal protection laws. The ranking was based on 65 different animal protection issues in 10 major animal protection categories including: animal fighting; animal cruelty; puppy mills; use of animals in research; equine protection; wildlife abuse; factory farming; fur and trapping; exotic animals; and companion animal laws.
At the top of the list with strong animal protection laws is California. New Jersey comes in second place. Tied for third place are Colorado, Maine and Massachusetts. The states with the weakest animal protection laws are Alabama, Hawaii, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio and South Dakota, with South Dakota ranking last.