30 Second Animal Law

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Do you love animals? Do you ever wish you went to law school? Now you can learn all about animal law, without the whopping student loans! With ALDF’s 30 Second Animal Law video series, you will get answers to your animal law related questions… in 30 seconds!

Laws that protect animals can be filled with complex language, sometimes based on hundreds of years of case law. Animals need lawyers to navigate the intricacies of the legal system on a daily basis. But using the law to help animals in need can be tricky business. That’s where 30 Second Animal Law comes in.

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26 thoughts on “30 Second Animal Law

  1. Ian says:

    Great job Steve, Joyce, and Matthew! These videos are so great!

  2. Helen Del RIo says:

    What if the SPCA kills your dog, while pending an investigation and is cleared and rady to go home, then you get there and your beautiful animal is dead anyway?

  3. stephanie stern says:

    In the 2 thousand year old empire of Ashoka, it was illegal to kill animals — of any kind. You rated states according to each state’s animal laws. What about federal? Any push to get an Ashoka like ruling there — which would end factory farms.

  4. Ellen Cooper says:

    Although I very much appreciate the short law video’s, I must adamantly disagree. Yes, animals are “personal property”..WHEN is that going to change..WE need to give them HUMAN rights, in particular, our household 4 legged children. The abuse, and the bare liability that VETS have will NEVER change, unless we give domesticated household 4 legged children, HUMAN rights. And I totally disagree, with NOT suing a vet…they get away with murder, private consent orders, only because they are not prosecuted. The Vets need to be held much more accountable..ASK a Vet if they ever thought of being a “DOCTOR”…Many times the answer is YES, but there is so much liability, that they thought it just easier to be a Vet.
    It is not quite a year, and everyday I mourn the loss of my little Golden Retriever, who was brutally slaughtered by a Vet. Sandy was MURDERED. The Police turned the case over to the Vet Board, and all this Vet got was a private consent order, meaning I will never know the penalty/fine, if any. To the Vet, my baby was just a piece of meat. I cant stop hearing her screaming and crying…as she died in the hands of the vet. It needs to stop. PERIOD… WE need to stop it, our 4 legged children cant. WE need to take the bad Vets down, hold them accountable and make them pay not with money but with revokation of license. In loving memory of my Sandy.

    1. Rita K Talkowski says:

      I could not agree with you more. I would be enraged if a vet killed my dog. Not knowing the circumstances, and I don’t think I want to know, but I certainly would do all I could to put that vet out of business and get the license taken away.

  5. Linda says:

    Trying to fight potentially dangerous dog designation in next to impossible.

    See you tube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUOQSUNtHtY

  6. Laura Slitt says:

    What if I never even went to college? If I wanted to take a few courses in Animal Law, to see what my aptitude is, is that an option? Are there any online?

  7. Shawna Anderson says:

    Can you provide some brief guidance for students still in college who want to pursue a career in animal law, such as the types of majors that will benefit us once we apply to law school and later on when we are working on cases?

  8. Jennifer Molidor says:

    Some good tips to get started in Animal Law, for those who are curious – check out what four young animal lawyers have to say in ALDF’s fun article: “So You Wanna be an Animal Lawyer?” http://aldf.org/article.php?id=2234

  9. Kelsey Chase says:

    Are there any laws against children who abuse animals?

  10. Mike Smeck says:

    I have seen some horrific cases of animal abuse and cruelty…Why is it not considered a “violent” offense???

    1. Remona Seckinger says:

      Mike Smeck, animal abuse is now a felony in all 50 states.

      1. Mike Smeck says:

        You are sadly mistaken, as animal abuse is NOT a felony in all 50 states…Ohio being on of those…

  11. carlos says:

    I had a sheriff deputy shoot my dog that was chained to the front porch, with my wife standing next to him with a five week old baby in her arms, while my wife was telling them to use the door next to the porch(6 feet away)to access our home for a search warrant. After shooting the dog, officers entered through the door that my wife indicated them to enter. The gun shot resulted in amputation of the dogs front leg and over $3000.00 in vet bills. Are they not liable for these expenses, and why is this not cruelty to animals? The officers were never in any threat from the dog, and the warrant was for bogus intel.

  12. Jessica Dickson says:

    My cat, Z, was stolen by an individual 10 months ago. I had adopted her from an animal shelter April 2012 and she was spayed and given an identification microchip. This individual kept my cat as her own and proceeded to take her to a vet’s office to see what steps need to be taken in order to breed Z. She told the vet multiple stories as to the origin of her ownership and specifically told the vet not to insert or scan for a microchip. The vet insisted on spaying her and thus was subject to an unnecessary spay surgery. Upon their discovery that she had already been spayed, the vet proceeded to scan for a microchip and I was immediately contacted by the microchip company.

    My question is, are their any laws that protect against domestic pet theft for breeding purposes?

  13. Remona Seckinger says:

    How do we stop the animal torture at the University of Florida? My major WAS Veterinary Technology. It is now Law. My goal is to stop animal torture in the name of medicine. I know it’s an enormous amount of work but I’ve never wanted to do something so strongly in my life.

  14. heather says:

    I’m looking for info on domestic violence and animal cruelty, and the link. I’m wondering what my options are

  15. J says:

    I believe dog was murdered viciously, grabbed by the collar and yanked into the air, snapping her 16 year old neck. Just to take away any motivation to go home from a nursing home. She is currently “on ice” at the vet while I am searching every avenue for the means to get her a necropsy. I fear this is only part of a much larger picture. The woman responsible insisted,very relentlessly, on a communal cremation right away. She knew she needed to cover her horrid crime. Precious did not die naturally. Her tail was tucked in between her legs in terror, her body already cold when my daughter found her. The scene is not one that will soon be forgotten. What resources could possibly be available to me near Sacramento, Ca? My baby deserves justice, and proving her murder may potentially save my life as well

  16. JJ says:

    Waiting on the verdict from an Administrative hearing if a dog will live or die. The dog has been at animal control for several months and nobody is allowed to see her. The dog injured a cat and they want to euthanize. The owner has an attorney. At the administrative hearing the judge said being able to see the dog or move the dog out of animal control was not her decision. It seems inhumane to not allow an owner to see their dog for months or have the dog moved out of animal control. Can any other legal action be taken until the court decision is made on if she lives or dies?

  17. Danuta Lempert says:

    I like wildlife and I want to help them to thrive. I live in northern NH and I noticed that wildlife refuge places allow hunting. Those places are owned and managed by state and federal agencies. How is that wildlife refuge if animals get killed there?
    My question is, are there any laws that give government right to kill animals?

  18. Christine says:

    Can anyone tell me how to protect Ferrel cats on private commercial property? Have been feeding them for 1.4 years now. They were trapped and released thru paws. The building owner says can’t feed on the property because we are trespassing. (Paws is in pet smart) which is one of the tenants of said building. Help

  19. Brent M says:

    Dekalb county Indiana. Deputy leaves k9 in car on hot summer day, the poor thing passed away. Nothing became of it other than deputy got 30 days off..DOG DESERVES JUSTICE/ Please help

  20. Brent M says:

    Dekalb County Indiana…..that k9 who baked to death in that patrol car. The deputy didn’t even get an animal cruelty charge brought against him.

  21. Debbie Jo Myers says:

    Need to find someone that can help me in my civil case against my veterinarian for negligence to go pick her up to bury her I have a mini stroke and had to wear a patch over my left eye. Ive been in this last time I wasn’t so lucky I had the only one week is papers filed against vet and I had a major stroke to my right side I’m just starting to be able to walk in and use my right arm I had to have 24/7 care I will never get full uses of right side. I need help please anyone I have the proof and pictures and Witnesses. I told myself if I make it through surgery Fox October then I’m going to do what I can to get just for fun day Academy and others that these that pray for your heartstrings because they know how much the dog I am was mean to them I can never have kids so she was my kid I spent more time and money on her than most people spend on their kids she was the reason I got up every day she was my family she was my service dog I understand please anybody contact me if I can help

  22. Debbie Jo Myers says:

    Need to find someone that can help me in my civil case against my veterinarian for negligence and for injury to me the day I had to pick her up to bury her I had mini stroke due to the stress it caused me and had to wear a patch over my left eye 3 1/2 months. My health has been going downhill since been hospitalized at six times cents and the week I had to have the papers filed for the suit I have another stroke this time I wasn’t so lucky it’s like my whole right side couldn’t walk or anything had to have 24/7 care I’m walking now I’m going to physical therapy two times a week this happened because I only have one week to get the suit filed against my vet. I got so stressed out i do have an attorney yet to represent me in the year that went by I was in the hospital at least 6 times due to my health problems because of it she’s my baby she was my better half she was my service dog I need help please anyone I have the proof and pictures and Witnesses. I told myself if I make it through surgery in October last year then I’m going to do what I can to get justice for my baby and me set an example so other vet we’ll pray on people’s heartstrings because they love their animals so much my baby girl was in perfect health when I took her to the vet to find out if she was getting hip dysplasia or she just a little bit of arthritis no biggie right arthritis or no biggie right! I believe My vet did this intentionally I could never have kids so she was my kid I spent more time and money on her than most people spend on their kids she was the reason I got up every day she was my family she was my service dog please anybody contact me if I can help the cat keep letting these vents get away with my baby girl in The Bleeding Out I have pictures and proof and Witnesses and all somebody please help me I have to have a case management letter written by November 20th so I don’t have too much time left and it’s been so hard with all these doctors appointments and everything please help me please help me get justice

  23. Shannon Jones says:

    Are there any laws or regulations concerning the care of animals in an Animal Control facility? . Such as adequate food , clean water, and how many hours dogs remain in kennels without being exercised or let out? Is there any type of regular inspection to make sure these things are being given?

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