HSUS Releases 2010 Humane State Ranking

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has released its second annual “Humane State Ranking,” a comprehensive report rating all 50 states on a wide range of animal protection laws dealing with horses, pets, animal cruelty and fighting, farm animals, wildlife, and animals in research.

Last year, California topped the list, followed by New Jersey, Colorado, Maine, and Massachusetts. 

“Our Humane State Ranking provides a big-picture look at how states are faring on animal-protection policies, and how they rank in the nation,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of HSUS. “There are some states that are adopting innovative and strong policies to protect animals, while others are lagging badly.”

The rankings are based on 65 different animal protection issues in 10 major animal protection categories including equine protection, animal fighting animal cruelty, use of animals in research, wildlife abuse, and companion animal laws.

Top 5 in Humane State Ranking:
1 – California (45/65)
2 – New Jersey (40/65)
T3 – Illinois (39/65)
T3 – Massachusetts (39/65)
T5 – Colorado (38/65)
T5 – Maine (38/65)

See the entire list of state rankings on the HSUS website.

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