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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...

August 28, 2017

A video recently surfaced on social media showing a shark (possibly a blacktip or spinner) being dragged behind a boat traveling at high speed near Tampa.  This is not the first video of its kind: another video, circulated on social media, showed a man repeatedly shoot...

July 27, 2017

In March, the U.S. Senate approved a bill repealing hunting restrictions on predator species in national wildlife refuges in Alaska.  President Trump signed the bill into law in April.  The restrictions had been instituted in 2016 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...

June 26, 2017

In a legal experiment, under "Desmond's Law," abused animals in Connecticut will now have a voice in court.  Judges are now authorized to appoint an approved volunteer advocate and an advocate can be requested by a prosecutor or defense counsel.  However, there is some...

May 23, 2017

Starting July 1, 2017, therapy dogs will be permitted to accompany children, victims, and people with intellectual disabilities during testimony in cases involving abuse, abandonment, and neglect.  Presently, the law only permits therapy dogs to accompany victims testi...

March 24, 2017

The New York State Senate recently passed, by a vote of 59-2, a law that would make it a felony to harm a companion animal during the commission of a crime.  Dubbed "Kirby and Quigley's Law," the proposed bill is analogous to a "felony murder" statute by criminalizing...

March 24, 2017

Bills introduced in the Florida legislature earlier this year (HB 871/SB 1628) propose creation of a statewide animal abusers’ registry in Florida, available online, that would list the names of those convicted of animal abuse, similar to Florida’s sexual offender regi...

January 27, 2017

State Senator Greg Steube seeks to make animal hoarding a criminal offense.  Sen. Steube is not alone in his beliefs.  Jennifer Galloway, the executive director of the Gulf Coast Humane Society shares in this sentiment.  Galloway asserts that if hoarding was a criminal...

June 24, 2016

Earlier this month, the Senate gave final approval to H.R. 2576, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act, which would reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  And earlier this week, Obama signed the  legislation into law.  The amendment will strengthen fede...

February 15, 2016

Joining in the unanimous approval of the House, the Florida Senate unanimously approved the "Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety Act," or "P.A.W.S. Act."  The P.A.W.S. Act makes it a first-degree misdemeanor to endanger an animal's well-being by confining the animal t...

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