October 24, 2016

At the end of September, the City Council of Montreal voted in favor of a bylaw that would make it illegal for people to acquire new pit bulls in the City.  Though those who currently own pit bulls may keep their pets, they must purchase a $115 permit and follow certain restrictions like keeping their dog on a short leash in public.  Pit bulls that are not grandfathered in (including all of those currently in shelters) may be...

October 24, 2016

In January, Marion County will introduce an animal abuse registry via Molly's Law, named after Molly, a boxer mix, who was involved in a high-profile abuse case.  The registry will compile the names of individuals who have been convicted of misdemeanor or felony animal abuse.  Although the registry initially will only encompass incorporated Marion County, it is set to expand to other cities and municipalities with the use of l...

October 24, 2016

Palm Beach County Commissioners recently approved a new measure prohibiting new pet stores from selling cats or dogs in the county.  The measure takes aim at curbing the market for pets born in commercial breeding operations commonly known as puppy mills. 

The measure does not prohibit sales by the eight preexisting pet stores so long as they buy from licensed breeders meeting USDA standards.  While some animal advocates c...

October 24, 2016

Following a joint proposal from the United States of America and Vietnam, the pangolin is now listed under Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).  CITES is an international trade agreement, restricting or banning trafficking in animals that are under threat of extinction.  The pangolin has been vividly described: "The pangolin is about the size of a raccoon an...

October 24, 2016

Florida law allows hunters to be assisted by dogs when hunting deer or certain other species that are defined as “nuisance wildlife,” as long as such dogs are registered and the property on which the hunting will take place has been disclosed when the dogs are registered.  When these hunting activities cross onto someone else’s private property, the deer-dog hunters can find themselves (and their dogs) in conflict with the pri...

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