Tag: Animal Law
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
Animal Legal Defense Fund Files Motion to Restore USDA Animal Welfare DocumentsMarch 29, 2017
Coalition Seeks Court Order Requiring Renewed Public Access to USDA Databases
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.
Federal Court Clears Path for Citizen Intervention in Animal Welfare Act ProceedingsFebruary 16, 2017
Decision in Animal Legal Defense Fund case comes just days after agency revokes citizen access to inspection reports.
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.
Help Us Fight Back – Critical Animal Welfare Reports Removed From USDA WebsiteFebruary 9, 2017
The Animal Legal Defense Fund intends to sue to compel the USDA to stop hiding this information.
Top Constitutional Law Scholar Supports the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Idaho Ag-Gag LawsuitFebruary 7, 2017
The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s campaign to defeat Ag-Gag laws is supported by constitutional law scholars at the top of their field.
Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Response to the USDA Removing Online Animal Welfare ReportsFebruary 6, 2017
Revoking longstanding means of public access to these documents makes it more difficult, time-consuming and expensive for the public and animal protection groups to track compliance with federal law or to become aware of serious and repeat offenders.
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.
Why I applied to law school instead of veterinary schoolJanuary 17, 2017
During the first week of December, Animal Legal Defense Fund founder Joyce Tischler presented the History of Animal Law at Harvard Law School. I heard Joyce give a similar talk eight years ago at the University of Chicago Law School, and it was a turning point for me.
Animal Law at the 111th Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual MeetingJanuary 12, 2017
The Animal Legal Defense Fund attended the 111th Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Jan. 4-7, 2016.
Honoring a Hero for AnimalsDecember 21, 2016
The Animal Legal Defense Fund congratulates Nicoletta J. Caferri, Chief Deputy of the Animal Cruelty Unit in Queens County who was recently honored with the 12th annual New York City Bar Association Thomas E. Dewey Medal. Each year the medal is awarded to an outstanding assistant district attorney in each of New York’s five district attorney offices.
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.