State and Local Laws

States' Animal Cruelty Statutes

National Agricultural Law Center.

Provides a clickable map of the United States with information on each state's animal cruelty laws.

States’ Farm Animal Confinement Statutes

National Agricultural Law Center.

Provides easy and free access to the farm animal confinement statutes in each state. On the map, just click the state you want to learn about!

State Humane Slaughter Laws

Michigan State University College of Law. Animal Legal & Historical Center.

In addition to the Federal Humane Slaughter Act, many states have instituted humane slaughter laws.

State Laws Governing Euthanasia

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

A summary of statutory and regulatory provisions addressing the euthanasia of companion animals.

Carcass Disposal State Resource Locator

Veterinary Compliance Assistance - VetCA

The animal carcass disposal state resource locator tool contains links to regulatory agencies and rules covering topics such as approved types of disposal and emergency management.

The Sale of Pets at Retail Pet Stores

Michigan State University. College of Law. Animal Legal & Historical Center.

Provides an overview of retail pet store laws and table of state laws with pet store/pet purchaser protection acts (puppy lemon laws).

State Constitutions, Statutes and Related Legislative Information

Cornell University Law School.

This site contains state laws, statutes and related legislation that are governed by each state. You can find statutes by state or by topic area.

State Statutes

Cornell University School of Law.

Topical list of state statutes available on the internet.

Table of State Assistance Animal Laws

Michigan State University College of Law, Animal Legal & Historical Center

The table shows different categories for types of laws dealing with assistance animals by state with links to those laws.

Animal Law in New York State (PDF | 108 KB)

New York State Bar Association

This pamphlet gives an overview of animal law in New York state.