November 29, 2016

A bill that would ban declawing cats is making progress in the New Jersey legislature.  If the bill becomes law, New Jersey will become the first state to ban the practice, making it a criminal animal cruelty offense.  Veterinarians who perform the procedure as well as cat owners that hire them would face up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.  

Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) sponsored the bill, reason...

November 28, 2016

When she first arrived in Florida shortly after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as a young Golden Retriever, no one could have predicted that this special dog named Rikki would help change the law in Florida so that therapy animals are authorized to appear in certain court proceedings.  After a dedicated ten years of work in the community, Rikki is now retiring to relax at home and enjoy her favorite treat: baby carrots.

When her Tal...

November 28, 2016

Liesa Priddy, Vice-Chair of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, became the first Florida rancher reimbursed with federal money for cattle losses caused by rebounding Florida panther populations.  While the Florida panther's recovery may have some cheering, some ranchers are feeling the financial impact of sharing grazing land with prime panther habitats.  Priddy estimates that Florida ranchers lose nearly 1,200 calves pe...

November 28, 2016

Thirty-year-old Chimpanzee Cecilia will be moved from a concrete enclosure in an Argentinian zoo to a wildlife sanctuary in Brazil after a judge ruled that chimpanzees have "non-human rights."  Forging new law outside of the Argentinian civil code, Judge Maria Alejandro Mauricio concluded that chimpanzees have their "own rights to development, to life in their natural habitat."

In 2015, an Argentinian judge ruled that twenty-ni...

November 28, 2016

On Halloween this year, the U.S. Supreme Court had the treat of oral argument in an animal law case, Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools.  Ehlena Fry is a young woman with cerebral palsy who, upon recommendation of her pediatrician, got a service animal, a goldendoodle named Wonder, to help her become more independent.  But when Ehlena went to school, she was told that Wonder was not allowed.  The school's legal position was tha...

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