Tag: Animal Law Update

Unique Connecticut Law Allows Court-Appointed Advocates to Represent Animals

June 21, 2017
Connecticut has become the first state to allow legal advocates to testify on behalf of animal victims in cruelty and neglect cases.

Indiana Passes “Good Samaritan” Law to Protect Dogs in Hot Cars

June 13, 2017
Indiana is the ninth state to pass a “good Samaritan” hot car law allowing a citizen to forcibly enter a motor vehicle under certain conditions to rescue a companion animal confined inside.

Canadian Activist Acquitted of Criminal Charges for Giving Water to Thirsty Pigs Bound for Slaughter

June 9, 2017
Toronto animal advocate has been acquitted of all charges for offering water to overheated pigs on a transport truck bound for slaughter.

Massachusetts Farmers Charged with More than 150 Counts of Animal Cruelty

May 15, 2017
After multiple visits by state inspectors, past cruelty charges (but no convictions), and repeated complaints from local residents about what some dubbed the “Farm of Horrors."

After Judge Denies Maine Governor’s “Pardon,” Last-Minute Appeal Temporarily Saves Dog Sentenced to Death

May 8, 2017
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.”

Berkeley, California, Becomes Second U.S. City to Ban Sale of Fur Clothing

April 20, 2017
The ban was spearheaded by local animal advocacy group Berkeley Coalition for Animals (BCA).

Eugene, Oregon, Passes Ordinance Banning Dogs Downtown

March 31, 2017
On March 8, 2017, the Eugene City Council passed a trial ordinance banning dogs from the city’s downtown area

First Criminal Charges Filed under California’s Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act

March 28, 2017
The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office filed more than 50 charges against an Ontario, California egg facility, Hohberg Poultry Ranches.

Sydney Seafood Store Convicted of Animal Cruelty for Inhumane Treatment of Lobsters

March 15, 2017
No matter how horrendously they are treated, it is rare for criminal cruelty charges to be brought in cases involving animals who are considered “food.”

San Francisco Bans Sale of Dogs and Cats in Retail Stores

February 27, 2017
San Francisco has become the latest jurisdiction to outlaw the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats in retail stores.

Case Inspiring Change in Florida Dog Bite Law Featured in The Florida Bar Journal

February 24, 2017
In a victory for due process in dog bite cases, a Florida law passed last year allows guardians of dogs accused of causing serious injury to a person to mount a defense on behalf of the animal to save that animal’s life.

Michigan Appeals Court Dismisses Lawsuit in Fatal Shooting of Two Family Dogs by Police

February 15, 2017
The United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a civil suit involving the fatal shooting of two family dogs by police officers.

Federal Judge Rules in Favor of USDA in Foie Gras Case

January 27, 2017
On Dec. 14, 2016, a federal judge granted summary judgment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in a lawsuit brought by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Compassion Over Killing, Farm Sanctuary, the Animal Protection and Rescue League and three individuals to compel the agency to declare foie gras a diseased product unsuitable for human consumption, thereby removing it from the food supply.

New Michigan Law Empowers Animal Shelters to Deny Adoptions to Convicted Animal Abusers

January 24, 2017
Logan's Law allows Michigan animal shelters to deny adoptions under certain circumstances and to consider prior criminal history before adoption.

Alaska Legislature Becomes First to Require Consideration of Animals’ Interests in Custody Cases

January 20, 2017
With the adoption of an amendment to its divorce law, Alaska has become the first state to empower judges to take into account the “well-being of the animal” in custody disputes involving nonhuman family members.

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