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The HSUS has released its 2010 "Humane State Ranking," a comprehensive report rating all 50 states and DC on a wide range of animal protection laws. See where your state stands.

Hover over map for state summary or click on a tier to view ranking and score out of 65. PDFs of detailed state ranking: AL - MO Ranking MT - WY Ranking State Ranking Totals


To see what you can do to improve the lives of animals in your state and increase your state’s ranking, contact your HSUS State Director   Return to State Legislation

ALABAMA: Rank 45, Score 17 ALASKA: Rank 35, Score 21 ARIZONA: Rank 19, Score 32 ARKANSAS: Rank 38, Score 19 CALIFORNIA: Rank 1, Score 45 COLORADO: Rank 5, Score 38 CONNECTICUT: Rank 12, Score 35 DELAWARE: Rank 25, Score 27 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Rank 7, Score 37 GEORGIA: Rank 27, Score 26 FLORIDA: Rank 16, Score 34 HAWAII: Rank 45, Score 17 IDAHO: Rank 50, Score 9 ILLINOIS: Rank 3, Score 39 INDIANA: Rank 34, Score 22 IOWA: Rank 21, Score 29 KANSAS: Rank 32, Score 23 KENTUCKY: Rank 38, Score 19 LOUISIANA: Rank 16, Score 34 MAINE: Rank 5, Score 38 MARYLAND: Rank 19, Score 32 MASSACHUSETTS: Rank 3, Score 39 MICHIGAN: Rank 18, Score 33 MINNESOTA: Rank 30, Score 24 MISSISSIPPI: Rank 48, Score 13 MISSOURI: Rank 44, Score 18 MONTANA: Rank 38, Score 19 NEBRASKA: Rank 21, Score 29 NEVADA: Rank 30, Score 24 NEW
HAMPSHIRE: Rank 12, Score 35 NEW
MEXICO: Rank 25, Score 27 NEW JERSEY: Rank 2, Score 40 NEW YORK: Rank 7, Score 37 NORTH CAROLINA: Rank 32, Score 23 NORTH DAKOTA: Rank 48, Score 13 OHIO: Rank 45, Score 17 OKLAHOMA: Rank 27, Score 26 OREGON: Rank 10, Score 36 PENNSYLVANIA: Rank 12, Score 35 RHODE ISLAND: Rank 21, Score 29 SOUTH CAROLINA: Rank 38, Score 19 SOUTH DAKOTA: Rank 51, Score 8 TENNESSEE: Rank 24, Score 28 TEXAS: Rank 36, Score 20 UTAH: Rank 38, Score 19 VERMONT: Rank 7, Score 37 VIRGINIA: Rank 12, Score 35 WASHINGTON: Rank 10, Score 36 WEST VIRGINIA: Rank 36, Score 20 WISCONSIN: Rank 29, Score 25 WYOMING: Rank 38, Score 19

  • TOP TIER

    RANK STATE SCORE OUT OF 65
    1 California 45
    2 New Jersey
    40
    3 Illinois 39
    3 Massachusetts 39
    5 Colorado 38
    5 Maine 38
    7 New York
    37
    7 Vermont 37
    7 District of Columbia
    37
    10 Oregon 36
    10 Washington 36
  • MIDDLE TIER

    RANK STATE SCORE OUT OF 65
    12 Connecticut 35
    12 New Hampshire 35
    12 Pennsylvania 35
    12 Virginia 35
    16 Florida 34
    16 Louisiana 34
    18 Michigan 33
    19 Arizona
    32
    19 Maryland
    32
    21 Iowa 29
    21 Nebraska 29
    21 Rhode Island 29
    24 Tennessee 28
    25 Delaware 27
    25 New Mexico 27
    27 Georgia 26
    27 Oklahoma 26
    29 Wisconsin 25
    30 Minnesota 24
    30 Nevada 24
  • BOTTOM TIER

    RANK STATE SCORE OUT OF 65
    32 Kansas
    23
    32 North Carolina
    23
    34 Indiana 22
    35 Alaska 21
    36 Texas 20
    36 West Virginia
    20
    38 Arkansas 19
    38 Kentucky
    19
    38 Montana 19
    38 South Carolina
    19
    38 Utah
    19
    38 Wyoming 19
    44 Missouri 18
    45 Alabama
    17
    45 Hawaii 17
    45 Ohio 17
    48 Mississippi 13
    48 North Dakota
    13
    50 Idaho 9
    51 South Dakota 8