The Animal Legal Defense Fund has released its annual US animal protection laws ranking report, and Kentucky comes in dead last.

Out of all 50 states, Kentucky holds its place for the twelfth year in a row.

Illinois is ranked first place for the 11th year, followed by Oregon, Maine, Colorado, and Massachusetts. And Indiana comes in 10th place.

Some of the worst ranked states also include Mississippi (49), Iowa (48), Utah (47), and New Mexico (46).

Louisiana (7) and Massachusetts (5) were the most-improved states in 2018, in part because both states markedly improved their laws banning the sexual assault of animals.

These rankings are based on a comprehensive review of each jurisdiction’s animal protection laws.

One reason Kentucky has a low ranking is because veterinarians are cannot report suspected abuse, and there’s no prohibition of sexual assault of animals.

To see the full report, go to

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(This story was originally published on January 8, 2019)