2017 Animal Law Update Volume 4

Animal Law Update is a monthly feature designed to keep our law student and legal professional network informed about the latest in animal law news.

Berkeley, California Bans Fur Sales

The Berkeley City Council approved an ordinance banning the retail sale of fur apparel products within city limits, finding that “the sale of fur products in the City of Berkeley is inconsistent with the City’s goal of being a community that cares about animal welfare.” The ban was spearheaded by local animal advocacy group Berkeley Coalition for Animals (BCA), which worked closely with the Council on the ordinance. Read more about Berkeley’s progressive new ordinance.

Last-Minute Appeal Temporarily Spares Dog

In an unprecedented case that has gained national attention, the fate of a four-year-old husky named Dakota remains uncertain after she received a gubernatorial “pardon” – perhaps the first of its kind – in her case. The death order was issued against Dakota on March 21, 2017, after she attacked two smaller dogs, one fatally. Read the latest news on Dakota’s case and the effort to save her.

Massachusetts Farmers Charged with Cruelty

In what has been called the largest farmed animal cruelty case in the Northeast, on March 30, 2017, a statewide grand jury indicted the owner of a farm in Westport, Massachusetts, and 26 tenants who rented space on his property on 151 counts of animal cruelty involving mistreatment of 1,400 animals. Cases like this remind us that it is not only factory farms that are problematic. Learn more about what happened and how it went unpunished for so long.

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