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Very few of the items we post are law-related The ABA Journal mentions this blog, although I'm not sure why.

Animal Law Podcasts

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The topics they have so far: * Pet Sales Gone Bad * Does My State Have a Leash Law? * Tags: animal law Here's a link to some podcasts from the Animal Legal and Historical Center. Can I Put My Pet in My Will? Lost and Found Pets * The police shot my dog after it escaped. Do I have any recourse?

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New Laws to Start in California

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California SB 917 Two new laws in Oregon and California prohibit the possession, sale, trade or distribution of shark fins. The California law specifies that a person must hold a license in order to possess shark fins for scientific purposes. neglect california legislation shark fins shark animal welfare animal lawFrom Hometown Station AM 1220.

ABA has Animal Law Committee

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The American Bar Association has an animal law committee. Animal law is broader than laws pertaining to animals. It is the body of law reflecting the efforts of people to create a just world through the rule of law. Tags: animal law Here's the link. From the webpage. The status of animals in our legal system is in flux and attorneys are discovering creative and interesting ways to use legal arguments in the face of increasingly complex scenarios.

Ontario Updates Animal Welfare Law

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There Oughta Be A Law Contest

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The Humane Society Legislative Fund is having a contest where you can submit your idea for a new law protecting animals. The winner will get a trip to Washington DC to lobby for it with HSLF staff.

Arkansas May Enact Tougher Animal Cruelty Laws

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They are one of only 5 states that doesn't have a felony animal cruelty law. A task force is now looking into changing that

Southern Poverty Law Center on ALF

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Interesting article on ALF from the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC is better known for going after racist extremist groups.

Georgia Dog-Fighting Law Having an Impact

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Considering the state had one of the weakest dog-fighting laws in the nation, that's no compliment. But since a new and tougher dog fighting law was passed in May 2008, multiple arrests have been made, with more on the horizon. Georgia's new dog fighting law makes it a felony to train, transport, sell or own a fighting dog, or to advertise, promote or bet on fights. This is a good thing. The American Southeast is a hotbed of blood sports.

Ontario Animal Welfare Law Goes Into Effect

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It is now law as of March 1. The provincial government says it's gone from "worst to first" and Ontario is now the only jurisdiction in Canada with special protections for law-enforcement animals like police dogs and horses. The legislation also imposes new rules on the province's dozens of roadside zoos, giving the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals the right to inspect them. Veterinarians are now required to report any instances of abuse or neglect.

Arkansas Out of the Dark Ages with Cruelty Law

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Mike Beebe has signed into law new animal-cruelty restrictions that make aggravated cruelty to cats, dogs and horses a felony on the first offense. The law, which will take effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns, makes aggravated animal cruelty on first offense punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and up to six years in prison. It's not perfect, but it's progress in one of the more animal welfare-challenged parts of the US.

Terrible News. US Supreme Court Strikes Down California "Downer Cow" Law

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A state law mandating "humane treatment" of downed livestock headed for the slaughterhouse was unanimously overturned Monday by the Supreme Court. California's (law) endeavors to regulate the same thing, at the same time, in the same place -- except by imposing different requirements. The FMIA expressly preempts such a state law.". Clearly a win for the damn livestock industry. It was a question of federal vs. state authority. Sucks. And it was a unanimous decision.

Hard for Russian Veterinarians to Use Anesthesia Due to Russian Drug Laws

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After eight years of fighting a strict law that virtually bans an anesthetic essential for their work, Russia's veterinarians say they have nearly reached the end of their tether. This has left vets between a rock and a hard place, with two contradictory laws condemning them whichever way they turn. "If So a vet is faced with the choice of which law to break," Novozhilova said. leaving them to sometimes do procedures with nothing to numb the animals' pain.

Will Arizona Exempt Animal Testing from Cruelty Laws?

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Unbelievable, but this stupid exemption is gaining support. Supposedly people either 1) believe the State has no place overseeing labs (USDA does that) and 2) bioscience is already very well-regulated. This is all about making the stupid state friendly to the biotech industry. What next? They get a huge tax break?

King County, WA to Consider Law Against Continuous Dog-Chaining

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This article was actually on the first page of the soon-to-be-exclusively online Seattle PI. While I know that sometimes people have little choice when it comes to keeping their animals outdoors, you can still tell when the animal is cared for. They have proper shelter, a generally clean environment, room to move, perhaps a leash tied to a runner so they don't get tangled when they run, etc. The dog spotlighted in this article just doesn't seem to fit that "cared for" criteria.

2009 Animal Rights Conference Scheduled for July 16-20

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Animal Rights Lawyers Continue to Emerge

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West Hollywood, CA, Approves Fur Ban

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california legislation fur fashion animal lawIt's the first fur ban in the United States. Here's hoping there are many more to come!

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More Drivel Out of CITES

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But plenty of drivel about improving law enforcement for wildlife protection. Tags: wildlife crime law enforcement CITES BS As noted in another post, no protections for marine mammals. Just more drivel out of a toothless organization.

Lawsuit to Challenge Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act

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government Thursday to challenge the constitutionality of a rarely used law they say treats them like terrorists if they cause a loss in profits for businesses that use or sell animal products. Five activists represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights filed the lawsuit in federal court in Boston, asking that the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act be struck down as unconstitutional because it has a chilling effect on lawful protest activities I wish them luck!

Legal Issues Arise Surrounding Dogs in Court Cases

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court rooms crime dogs animal lawNow this is an interesting legal issue! Can dogs be allowed into court rooms as comfort animals for traumatized witnesses or would they be swaying the jury?

Biggest Dogfighting Raid in US History

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Tags: animal cruelty law enforcement blood sport dog fighting

Animal Legal Defense Fund Ranks States on Animal Protection

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The ALDF has released a report on how different states' animal protection laws stack up. Tags: animal law Among the best: California, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Oregon. And the worst: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, South Dakota, Wyoming You can check out the whole report on their web site.

Supreme Court to Review Legality of Animal Abuse Videos

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Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit in Philadelphia voted 10 to 3 last summer to find unconstitutional the rarely used law passed by Congress in 1999. The appeals court said the goal of protecting against animal cruelty was a worthy one, but one already accomplished by laws in all 50 states and the District of Columbia outlawing the practice. Thanks to Animal Law Online for the catch. Tags: us supreme court animal cruelty animal law

Update on National Meat Association vs. Brown

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Brown, a case in which the meat industry is attempting to invalidate a California law designed to reduce animal suffering and protect public safety. Tags: meat california farm animal welfare factory farm animal law meatpacking Did anyone know this was going on? The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently heard arguments in National Meat Association v.

PETA's Orca Lawsuit Dismissed by Federal Judge

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Sea World killer whales lawsuit marine life marine animals Orcas PETA animal lawWell, it's still historic and precedent-setting. Here's hoping we see more of these legal challenges. Full story posted on Global Animal and from the Huffington Post. Do whales deserve constitutional protection against slavery? On February 8, a federal judge said ‘no,’ stopping a historic case filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals against SeaWorld for violating the 13th Amendment on slavery.

Ringling Brothers Wins Court Case Over Elephant Abuse

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Steven M. Wise on Legal Rights for Animals

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In 2002 the German Parliament amended Article 26 of the Basic Law to give nonhuman animals the right to be “respected as fellow creatures” and to be protected from “avoidable pain.” But a change in the common law (which Germany does not have) may be the most likely of all. What is the common law? Why the common law over legislation? The common law is created by English-speaking judges while in the process of deciding cases.

Killing Animals

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Here is an essay by law professor Gary Francione

Alpha Dogs on NatGeo WILD

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VLK trains dogs for every branch of the military, the Secret Service, law enforcement – these dogs have helped take down some of the most infamous terrorists in history. Have you ever wondered what goes into the training of hero dogs?

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South Carolina Only State that Bans Capturing Marine Mammals for Display

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The law has been around since 1962 and it's the legacy of an albino dolphin named Snowball.

Creature Comforts: Tips for Moving with Pets

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Educate yourself on your destination locale’s pet entry regulations, licensing regulations, and laws by contacting the State Veterinarian or State Department of Agriculture and the City Clerk’s office, local humane organization, or area animal control facility.

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Europe's Pig Industry Mad about Undercover Investigation

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Compassion in World Farming led an undercover investigation that showed illegal tail docking and poor attempts at pig enrichment on factory farms, in violation of EU law. If you complied with the law, you wouldn't look like such jerks! Now the pig industry is mad and claiming bias ( scroll down in article.) Too bad!

One of the Grossest Stories I've Ever Read

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Jasha Lottin, Portland Nudist, Broke No Laws by Killing, Gutting Horse, then Posing Naked Inside Carcass (NSFW Pics). This woman is just not mentally fit. horse animal cruelty Stupid idiocy

Weird Factoid about Cockfighting in Oklahoma

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Cockfighting was illegal in Oklahoma until 1963, when a judge ruled that chickens are not animals and therefore unprotected by anticruelty laws. News & World Report, 6 December 1999. oklahoma cockfighting blood sport

Supreme Court Strikes Down Depiction of Animal Cruelty Act

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The Supreme Court struck down a law that outlawed the depiction of animal cruelty. A federal judge disagreed and a jury convicted him of selling banned depictions of dog fights in violation of the 1999 law. A federal appeals court overturned the conviction by declaring the underlying law unconstitutional. On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court also declared the law unconstitutional, but on different legal grounds

Steven M. Wise on Farm Animals

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Because Congress has pre-empted the field, states have been unable to enact additional laws that require meat producers to provide consumers with accurate and relevant product information. Wise, " Of Farm Animals and Justice ," Pace Environmental Law Review 3 [1986]: 191-227, at 226-7 [brackets in original; footnotes omitted

Tom Regan on the Animal-Rights Movement

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But prejudices die hard, all the more so when, as in the present case, they are insulated by widespread secular customs and religious beliefs, sustained by large and powerful economic interests, and protected by the common law. Might does not make right; might does make law.

Eating Cats and Dogs Could Become Illegal in China

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The legislation is only being drafted right now and there's a long way to go I suspect before such laws would pass. You can already read the excuses being cited in this article.

From the Mailbag

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Hi Professor Burgess-Jackson, I just wanted to let you know that I recently launched an animal law blog with a couple of my colleagues at Pace Law School. I was wondering whether you could write an entry in your animal law blog announcing our website. Perhaps you will find it interesting. This is the link to the blog. Warm regards, Luis