Law Student Paper Series — The Bear Necessities: Ursine Suffering Exposed, Explained, and Expelled
The United States is home to tens of thousands of bears, yet they receive little attention in comparison to other wildlife. Join Morgan Pattan, Michigan State University, as she discusses the psychological impact of captivity on bears. This presentation will detail the current legal framework that governs the care and keeping of bears in captivity, the insufficiency of this framework, and the harm that it inevitably causes to these intelligent beings. Additionally, possible changes to the current framework that ensure animal protection is the primary priority will be considered. A brief Q&A to follow.
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The court’s decision ensures Special Memories Zoo is permanently closed following Animal Legal Defense Fund lawsuitJanuary 15, 2021 Press Release
For years, captive wild animals have suffered in the care of traveling zoo operator Robert Sawmiller. On December 9, 2020 two wolves and a Labrador named Fancy were rescued and transported to sanctuary through legal action brought by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund — with the assistance of local counsel named Taylor Waters, U.S. Marshals, and the Auglaize County Sheriffs Office — executed a court order, seizing three animals from infamous wild and domestic animal breeder and broker Robert Sawmiller near Wapakoneta, Ohio.December 9, 2020 Press Release