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The Animal Legal Defense Fund, the premiere legal organization for animals, related the 11th annual year-end report (2017), ranking the animal protection laws of all 50 states.
For the ninth year in a row, Illinois takes first place – followed by Oregon (2), Maine (3) and California (4). Rhode Island (5) broke into the top tier this year. Kentucky holds steady at fiftieth place for the 10th year in a row, followed by Iowa (49), Wyoming (48), Utah (47), and North Dakota (46) rounding out states with the weakest animal protection laws.