Tag: Animal Law Update Archives | Animal Legal Defense Fund

San Francisco Becomes First Major U.S. City to Ban Fur

April 17, 2018
San Francisco has become the third and largest city in the nation to prohibit the sale and manufacture of products containing animal fur.

Illinois Becomes Second State to Require Courts to Consider Wellbeing of Companion Animals in Custody Disputes

March 20, 2018
The emerging “best interests” standard, in contrast to a strict property analysis, regards companion animals more like children or other dependents than unfeeling objects.

Switzerland Bans Practice of Boiling Lobsters Alive Without Stunning First

February 13, 2018
This groundbreaking law bans the common practice of dropping lobsters and other crustaceans into boiling water without stunning the animals first.

Montreal Repeals Controversial Pit Bull Ban

January 9, 2018
Montreal’s new mayor has lifted the city’s sweeping ban on pit bulls, 15 months after the controversial restrictions went into effect.

California Becomes First State to Ban Retail Sale of Companion Animals

December 7, 2017
Laws like California’s are part of a growing movement to combat large-scale commercial breeding facilities.

Washington, D.C., Enacts Legislation to Protect Companion Animals in Cold Weather

December 1, 2017
As winter approaches, many caring people wonder what legal protections exist for companion animals left outside in very cold weather.

Illinois and New York Pass First Statewide Bans on the Use of Elephants in Entertainment

November 17, 2017
Illinois recently enacted the first statewide ban on the use of elephants in traveling acts, with New York following close behind.

California Supreme Court Reverses Protections for Elephants Confined at Los Angeles Zoo

September 8, 2017
Despite poor conditions for the Asian elephants at the Los Angeles Zoo, the California Supreme Court has overturned an injunction intended to improve their well-being.

Oregon Becomes 11th State to Pass “Good Samaritan Law” to Protect Dogs Left in Hot Cars

August 23, 2017
The new law provides that anyone may enter a motor vehicle to remove an unattended child or domestic animal as long as certain requirements are met.

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).

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