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The HSUS has released its 2011 "Humane State Ranking," a comprehensive report rating all 50 states and DC on a wide range of animal protection laws on issues ranging from animal fighting to farm animals to wildlife to companion animals. See where your state stands.

Hover over map for state summary or click on a tier to view ranking and score out of 66. 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

CALIFORNIA   Rank 1<br />Score 46/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/green_arrow.png"> NEW JERSEY   Rank 2<br />Score 40/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> OREGON   Rank 2<br />Score 40/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/green_arrow.png"> ILLINOIS   Rank 4<br />Score 39/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> MASSACHUSETTS   Rank 4<br />Score 39/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> COLORADO   Rank 6<br />Score 38/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> MAINE   Rank 6<br />Score 38/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> VIRGINIA   Rank 6<br />Score 38/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/green_arrow.png"> WASHINGTON   Rank 6<br />Score 38/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> NEW YORK   Rank 10<br />Score 37/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> VERMONT   Rank 10<br />Score 37/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA   Rank 10<br />Score 37/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> NEW HAMPSHIRE   Rank 13<br />Score 36/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/green_arrow.png"> CONNECTICUT   Rank 14<br />Score 35/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> FLORIDA   Rank 15<br />Score 34/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> LOUISIANA   Rank 15<br />Score 34/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> MARYLAND   Rank 15<br />Score 34/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/green_arrow.png"> MICHIGAN   Rank 18<br />Score 33/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> ARIZONA   Rank 19<br />Score 32/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> PENNSYLVANIA   Rank 20<br />Score 31/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> IOWA   Rank 21<br />Score 29/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> NEBRASKA   Rank 21<br />Score 29/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> RHODE ISLAND   Rank 21<br />Score 29/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> TENNESSEE   Rank 24<br />Score 28/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> DELAWARE   Rank 25<br />Score 27/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> GEORGIA   Rank 25<br />Score 27/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/green_arrow.png"> NEW MEXICO   Rank 25<br />Score 27/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> TEXAS   Rank 25<br />Score 27/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/green_arrow.png"> OKLAHOMA   Rank 29<br />Score 26/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> NEVADA   Rank 30<br />Score 25/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/green_arrow.png"> WISCONSIN   Rank 30<br />Score 25/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> MINNESOTA   Rank 32<br />Score 24/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> KANSAS   Rank 33<br />Score 23/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> NORTH CAROLINA  Rank 33<br />Score 23/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> INDIANA   Rank 35<br />Score 22/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> ALASKA   Rank 36<br />Score 21/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> OHIO   Rank 36<br />Score 21/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/green_arrow.png"> ARKANSAS   Rank 38<br />Score 20/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/green_arrow.png"> HAWAII   Rank 38<br />Score 20/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/green_arrow.png"> UTAH   Rank 38<br />Score 20/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/green_arrow.png"> WEST VIRGINIA   Rank 38<br />Score 20/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> KENTUCKY   Rank 42<br />Score 19/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> MONTANA   Rank 42<br />Score 19/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> WYOMING   Rank 42<br />Score 19/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> ALABAMA   Rank 45<br />Score 18/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/green_arrow.png"> MISSOURI   Rank 45<br />Score 18/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> MISSISSIPPI   Rank 47<br />Score 14/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/green_arrow.png"> NORTH DAKOTA   Rank 48<br />Score 13/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> SOUTH CAROLINA  Rank 48<br />Score 13/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> IDAHO    Rank 50<br />Score 9/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png"> SOUTH DAKOTA    Rank 51<br />Score 8/66 <img src="http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/images/maps/red_arrow.png">

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  • SCORE RANGE 37-46 out of 66

    RANK STATE SCORE
    1 California 46
    2 New Jersey
    40
    2 Oregon 40
    4 Illinois 39
    4 Massachusetts 39
    6 Colorado 38
    6 Maine
    38
    6 Virginia 38
    6 Washington
    38
    10 New York 37
    10 Vermont 37
    10 District of Columbia 37
  • SCORE RANGE 28-36 out of 66

    RANK STATE SCORE
    13 New Hampshire 36
    14 Connecticut 35
    15 Florida 34
    15 Louisiana 34
    15 Maryland 34
    18 Michigan 33
    19 Arizona 32
    20 Pennsylvania 31
    21 Iowa 29
    21 Nebraska 29
    21 Rhode Island 29
    24 Tennessee 28
  • SCORE RANGE 20-27 out of 66

    RANK STATE SCORE
    25 Delaware 27
    25 Georgia 27
    25 New Mexico 27
    25 Texas 27
    29 Oklahoma 26
    30 Nevada 25
    30 Wisconsin 25
    32 Minnesota
    24
    33 Kansas
    23
    33 North Carolina 23
    35 Indiana 22
    36 Alaska 21
    36 Ohio
    21
    38 Arkansas 20
    38 Hawaii 20
    38 Utah 20
    38 West Virginia 20
  • SCORE RANGE 8-19 out of 66

    RANK STATE SCORE
    42 Kentucky
    19
    42 Montana 19
    42 Wyoming 19
    45 Alabama
    18
    45 Missouri 18
    47 Mississippi 14
    48 North Dakota 13
    48 South Carolina 13
    50 Idaho 9
    51 South Dakota 8