Tag: Animal Law Update
Massachusetts Farmers Charged with More than 150 Counts of Animal CrueltyMay 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 DeathMay 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 ClothingApril 20, 2017
The ban was spearheaded by local animal advocacy group Berkeley Coalition for Animals (BCA).
Eugene, Oregon, Passes Ordinance Banning Dogs DowntownMarch 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 ActMarch 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 LobstersMarch 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 StoresFebruary 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 JournalFebruary 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 PoliceFebruary 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 CaseJanuary 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 AbusersJanuary 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 CasesJanuary 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.
Quebec Court of Appeal Overturns Suspension of Montreal Pit Bull BanDecember 19, 2016
On Dec. 1, 2016, the Quebec Court of Appeal overturned a lower court ruling that had temporarily suspended new provisions of Montreal’s animal control by-law banning “pit bull-type dogs.”
Ohio Appeals Court Rules Dogs are Worth More Than “Fair Market Value”December 13, 2016
Last month, the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision that had relied on a strict property analysis in restricting damages to fair market value in a case that involved the serious injury of a companion dog.
Wolf Hunting Law Ruled Unconstitutional by Michigan Court of AppealsDecember 7, 2016
The State of Michigan Court of Appeals overturned the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, also known as Public Act 281, which would have allowed wolves in Michigan to be hunted if they are ever removed from the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) list.