Illinois was ranked first for being the best state for animals in a recent report by the Animal Defense Legal Fund. According to Chicagoist:
The Animal Defense Legal Fund released a year-end report ranking all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories for the strength and comprehensiveness of their animal protection laws and Illinois ranked atop the list as being “the best state for animals.”
It’s the sixth straight year the Land of Lincoln ranked first on the group’s list. The Animal Defense Legal Fund ranks each state on 15 different categories of animal protection including felony penalties for cruelty, neglect, abandonment, fighting and sexual assault; harsher penalties for repeat offenders; adequate definitions and standards for basic animal care; mandatory reporting of suspected animal abuse by veterinarians or law enforcement agencies; measures to mitigate and recover animal care costs for abused pets seized by animal welfare agencies; and mental health evaluations and counseling for offenders.