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July 27, 2017

A California man, Robert Roy Farmer, who abducted, abused, and killed at least 21 neighborhood cats over a two-year time frame has been sentenced to 16 years behind bars.  Farmer has been diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder and was reportedly using methamphe...

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...

June 26, 2017

A New York intermediate court has denied the Nonhuman Rights Project's petition for writ of habeas corpus, in which it sought the release of two chimpanzees.  The Project had sought to establish that the chimps were legal persons and entitled to immediate release.  The...

May 23, 2017

On February 1, 2017,  on request of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Justice filed a complaint seeking a permanent injunction against Syfrett Feed Company Inc. of Okeechobee as well as its owner and president.  The complaint alleges that "medic...

April 25, 2017

The Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, one of the more influential circuit courts of appeal partly because of its role in regulatory review, has ruled that under the Lacey Act the Fish and Wildlife Service does not have the authority to regulate interstate...

April 25, 2017

In the political debates about whether a wall should be built between the U.S. and Mexico, little attention has been paid to the impact such a wall would have on animals whose habitats the wall would sever.  An estimated 800 species, of which more than 100 are endanger...

May 16, 2016

On May 9th, President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act, symbolically declaring the North American bison the national mammal of the United States.  The North American bison, mistakenly called buffaloes, once covered the American Great Plains.  During the 19th...

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