November 28, 2017

Representative Tom Leek has introduced HB 473, called "Ponce's Law," that would strengthen Florida's animal cruelty law by allowing judges to prohibit people convicted of animal abuse from having pets.  The law would also give prosecutors more leverage in animal cruelty cases by increasing the sentencing guidelines score for felony animal cruelty from a Level 3 (16 points) to a Level 5 (28 points). 

The bill's na...

November 28, 2017

In a lengthy exposé, Rene Ebersole writes for National Geographic about an ongoing case regarding alligator poaching.  Nine men stand accused of forty-four felonies, "ranging from the possession and killing of a protected wildlife species to falsifying official records, stealing, and racketeering."  The story provides significant background about alligator populations over the course of modern Florida history including when an...

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