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Animal Legislation

Help Address Animal Welfare Issues in Our State and Beyond

For more than a century, the Michigan Humane Society has taken a leadership role in affecting legislation to address animal welfare issues in our state. Join the Michigan Humane Society’s Legislative Action Network and help lobby for legislation to address animal welfare issues in Michigan.  You will receive updates and alerts letting you know when and how you can take action. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of animals throughout Michigan.

View all of our advocacy topics HERE.


If you are interested in animal law or the legislative process, you might enjoy exploring the information available through the following links:

Find your Michigan Senator and your Michigan Representative.

The Michigan Legislature’s official website. You can look up the status of current bills, search archives, and also research current Michigan law.

The Legislative Process in Michigan – A Student’s Guide.  Do you know a young person interested in learning more about the Michigan legislative process? This helpful publication was prepared by the Michigan legislature.

2019 – 2020 Legislative Briefing Book. Prepared by the Michigan Legislative Council for new legislators, this publication explains everything you need to know regarding the legislative process in Michigan.

2019 U.S. Animal Protection Law Rankings. Prepared annually by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, this publication compares animal protection laws throughout the U.S. and ranks states from best to worst.

Animal Law 101. Visit the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s website for information about what animal law is and what animal lawyers do.

Michigan State University College of Law Animal and Legal Historical Center. “On this site you will find a comprehensive repository of information about animal law, including: over 1200 full text cases (US, historical, and UK), over 1400 US statutes, over 60 topics and comprehensive explanations, legal articles on a variety of animal topics and an international collection.”

You can find municipal and county ordinances on the community’s website.  Local ordinances for a specific community may also be found at and selecting “Code Library” at the top left side of the page.

For animal research and resources beneficial to animal welfare advocates, visit

For information from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) on animal welfare policy and advocacy, visit

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Animal Industry Division (MDARD-AID) is responsible for protecting human and animal health in Michigan, including companion animals.  Information about MDARD-AID may be found at,4610,7-125-1572_2875-8211–,00.html.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums has an Animal Welfare Committee.  More information may be found at

In many communities, animal control officers are on the front lines of animal protection and welfare.  Information about the National Animal Care and Control Association (NACA) is available at  Information about the Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers (MAACO) may be found at

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