Encouraging News on the Animal Law FrontPosted by Stephanie Ulmer, Guest Blogger on March 28, 2011
It is always good to hear when people are working on behalf of the animals, giving a voice to the voiceless. Here is a recent smattering of updates.
Fur-Free West Hollywood? It just might become a reality.
In January 2011, nearly 200 people gathered to demand that the West Hollywood City Council (California) introduce and pass a law banning the sale of fur in the city. Some claimed that the sale of fur clothing goes against the progressive nature of the city and that the animal-free fashion industry could flourish in the city if the ban took effect. Other residents voiced their concerns about how the animals are treated at fur farms.
Possible ban on blood sports in Ecuador an end to bullfighting?
President Rafael Correa called a referendum in February 2011 asking Ecuadoreans to ban bullfighting, cockfighting and other pursuits where animals are killed for human entertainment. The referendum could come as early as May. It appears that Ecuador may be following the lead of the Spanish province of Catalonia, which banned bullfights in July 2010, with great support. However, a legal challenge to bullfights in neighboring Colombia was rejected last year by its constitutional court. Hopefully, the Ecuadorean people can overcome what some have argued are “rites of passage” and society fixtures, to protect these innocent animals.
Proposed bill on vaccines to provide exemptions for certain health-impaired dogs in California.
Assemblyman Curt Hagman (R) of Chino Hills has introduced AB 258, which would allow an exemption to the state-mandated rabies vaccination for dogs whose life would be endangered if the vaccine is administered. Right now there is no such exemption–all dogs are required to receive the vaccination regardless of their health situation. Proof of the vaccination is also needed to register a dog for a dog license. This “no exceptions allowed” policy endangers the lives of several dogs every year, and may even be responsible for some deaths. And anyone that does not comply with the mandate is breaking the law, even if they believe they are protecting their dog’s health. The proposed law would require veterinary approval and monitoring of the dog by the veterinarian. The bill was previously introduced in 2010, but it is believed to have much stronger grassroots support this time around.