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January 4, 2019

As the values of our society have changed over time, often very slowly over decades, our laws have naturally followed suit.  During the last two decades in this country we have seen an accelerating awareness of animals' sentience and intelligence as well as an increase...

September 16, 2018

It has been illegal in California since 2000 to test on animals where there is an appropriate alternative method available.  But the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (SB 1249) would go one step further by banning the sale of cosmetics and personal hygiene products...

May 18, 2018

It all started when, in 2011, a wildlife photographer named David Slater left his camera unattended on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia.  A crested macaque monkey named Naruto picked it up and snapped a selfie that would become famous.  In 2015, the animal rights gr...

January 10, 2018

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), along with a coalition of animal advocacy groups, is proposing the Florida Orca Protection Act for the upcoming 2018 legislative session.  If passed, the bill, which is modeled after the recently passed California Orca Protection A...

The Problem.  Eighty percent of animal abuse cases in Connecticut over the past ten years were either dismissed or never prosecuted.[1] What seems like an impossible statistic is actually a startling reality in Connecticut and many other states. Connecticut hopes to de...

January 2, 2018

It is quiet, the only noise is the swish of the dip net as it gets pushed and pulled through the cold river water.  It is a cool night in Maine.  The net pulls free of the water; it writhes with a life of its own: glass eels.  The man on the other end of the net smiles...

January 2, 2018

I. ISSUE

On August 25, 2017, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law the “Beagle Freedom Bill,” or S.B. 1884.[1] This bill concerned the many adoptable laboratory animals, especially beagles, that research facilities euthanized upon retirement rather than put up...

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 cruelt...

October 27, 2017

On October 13, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed what is thought to be a bill that is the first of its kind in the nation.  Under Assembly Bill (A.B.) 485, beginning January 1, 2019, pet stores will be prohibited from selling any cats, dogs, or rabbits th...

August 28, 2017

A new bill for the 2018 Florida legislative session, one of the first, would significantly change the criminal law regarding animal hoarding in the state. The bill, SB 86 by Port Orange's Dorothy Hukill, would define animal hoarding and criminalize it as a third-degree...

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