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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...

May 19, 2018

Last month, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FFWC) held a public meeting to discuss elephant ride regulations in the state.  Animal welfare and rights activists called for the rule allowing elephant rides to be repealed, arguing that elephant rides are not onl...

May 18, 2018

In a split decision, Florida's First District Court of Appeal ("1st DCA") recently dissolved an injunction against the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ("FFWC"), as well as an order denying the FFWC's claims for sovereign immunity regarding a takings c...

February 15, 2016

When the "Banana Derby"—races between monkeys dressed as jockeys and riding dogs like horses—was featured at the Alachua County Fair in 2015, it created a controversy.  Many people believed that the act was cruel, despite the fact that it did comply with USDA as well a...

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