Animal Legal Defense Fund (ADFL) has just produced a first-of-its-kind report—a ranking of all fifty states and the District of Columbia for the general comprehensiveness and relative strength of their respective animal protection laws. The states with the best animal protection laws are California, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, and Oregon. Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, North Dakota, and Utah laws ranked worst.
ADLF asks that you contact your state legislators (you can find your elected officials here) and encourage them to support improvements to the laws that protect animals. One organization doing great work with legislators in NYC is League of Humane Voters.