Animal Law Committees, and current issues in New York
Apr12

Animal Law Committees, and current issues in New York

One of the ways law students and practicing attorneys can stay current on the issues and contribute to the local animal law community is by joining an animal law committee or animal law section of the state or local bar association. It’s also a wonderful way of connecting with other like-minded individuals. While in Tucson, I served as student representative on the Executive Council of the State Bar of Arizona Animal Law...

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Breed Discriminatory Laws
Dec17

Breed Discriminatory Laws

Over the years, different breeds — Dobermans, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Mastiffs, Dalmatians, Chow Chows, and “pit bulls” (American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers) — have been victims of bad press and the resulting fear it generates among a misguided public. “Breed specific” legislation (BSL) refers to any laws that regulate or ban certain...

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Animals in Entertainment: The Zoo
Jun21

Animals in Entertainment: The Zoo

Zoo facilities range from dilapidated roadside zoos and small “petting zoos” to lavish landscapes that attempt to replicate a species’ natural habitat. Public opinion about zoos ranges just as widely. While many are opposed to zoos, others view zoos as a public good, as educational institutions, and also as vehicles for studying and breeding endangered species. However, even in the best managed zoos, there are going...

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Animals in Entertainment: The Circus
May23

Animals in Entertainment: The Circus

“Circus animals are being forced to perform unnatural tricks, are housed in cramped cages, subjected to fear, hunger, and pain, not to mention the undignified way of life they have to live, with no respite… Though not homo sapiens, they are also beings entitled to dignified existence and humane treatment sans cruelty and torture.” — K. Madhavan v. The District Collector, 2008, Madras High Court – India...

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Student Animal Legal Defense Fund at University of Arizona Law
Apr12

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund at University of Arizona Law

In the summer of 2009, just before starting at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, I contacted the Animal Legal Defense Fund to find out how I might get involved and help generate interest on campus. The ALDF staff connected me with a third-year law student and, together, we took the necessary first steps towards organizing a student chapter. By my 3L year, we had successfully petitioned and worked with...

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Puppy Mills: Laws To Protect Pups and Purchasers
Mar21

Puppy Mills: Laws To Protect Pups and Purchasers

If someone were to describe a situation where a hundred dogs were found living in all-wire cages that offered little or no shelter from extremes in weather, where the dogs themselves were suffering from overgrown nails, ear and eye infections, severely matted hair, and untreated wounds, I would expect us all to have a similar reaction: surely, this was a situation of neglect that amounted to animal cruelty; such cruelty would be a...

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