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New York State Animal Rescue Law-A Start

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

New York recently amended laws governing pet dealers by: (1) exempting incorporated animal shelters, rescue organizations or other non-profit entities that transport or offer animals for adoption (a/k/a “sale”) from the...more

Violations Of The Fourth Amendment And Other Concerns About Amendments To New Jersey’s Animal Cruelty Statute

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In New Jersey, yet another bill amending the animal cruelty statute (S1640) was recently passed into law. The amendments “[e]stablish . . . requirements concerning necessary care of dogs, domestic companion animals, and...more

The Goals Of Animal Rights And Animal Welfare Groups Do Not align.

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Reports from two animal-related trade organizations provide insight into the current status and goals of animal rights organizations intent on eliminating the use of animals by humans, without regard to how humanely those...more

Raising a Paw to Recent Animal Law Efforts in Maryland

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Whoever said that a diamond is a girl’s best friend never had a dog. Within the first few minutes of every conversation, professional or personal, the person I am speaking with always casually, or sometimes intentionally,...more

Efforts Toward an Animal Abuse Registry

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Similar to other abuse registry, animal advocates have been petitioning legislatures to initiate an “animal abuse registry,” which would identify past animal abuse and cruelty law offenders...more

On The Dismal State Of Equine Rescue In The Garden State Where The Horse Is The Official State Animal.

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Horses in New Jersey are highly regarded. When designating the horse as New Jersey’s state animal in 1977 Governor Bryne said: “The founding fathers of our state thought so highly of the horse that they included it in our...more

Connecticut Advocates For Justice, Not Animals

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

With little fanfare, Connecticut adopted a law authorizing a “separate advocate be appointed to represent the interests of justice” in certain animal cruelty cases involving the “welfare or custody of a cat or dog.” While...more

Pet Advocates – Lessons From Connecticut

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Prior blog posts have focused on child advocates who work to protect the best interests of children. A Connecticut law, the first of its kind, expands that idea and provides animals with court-appointed advocates to...more

Governor Holds Final Bill Signing Session

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

On May 4th, Governor Larry Hogan conducted his last bill signing session for the 2017 Maryland General Assembly session. Although bill numbers are listed, once signed they become law, but the corresponding chapter numbers are...more

Requiring Professional Law Enforcement Oversight Of Animal Cruelty Investigations Will Actually Help Animals-Banning Humanely...

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Lawmakers in Trenton, New Jersey did not have the opportunity to reject an attempted override to Governor Christie’s condition veto of Senator Lesniak’s so-called “puppy mill bill,” one of more than 200 similar laws...more

Correcting The Record On Livestock Standards Of Care

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Sometimes it is important to set the record straight. That is the case here. New Jersey stood at the forefront in the country of establishing humane standards of care for livestock and poultry for the state. In 2003,...more

The trials and tribulations of the NJSPCA

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As recently reported, the NJSPCA has hefty legal fees, averaging nearly a quarter of a million dollars a year, as reported by Kane In Your Corner: NJSPCA refusing to show invoices for legal fees. But, following an OPRA...more

October Is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Hi there, October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Nearly one in four women and one in seven men in the United States have suffered severe physical violence by an intimate partner. Female to male and...more

NC Legislative Update for September 2015 #3

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - After passing the State’s biennial budget into law last week, the legislature turned its focus towards adjournment. The Senate unveiled an adjournment resolution which would adjourn the session on Tuesday,...more

Germany approves "group action" rights for animal protection activist organizations

by DLA Piper on

Germany’s most populous state has adopted a law, already in effect, allowing so-called group actions in cases involving animal protection. The new act (Gesetz über das Verbandsklagerecht und Mitwirkungsrechte für...more

“Faux” Foods and False Advertising Claims: A New Recipe for Whipping Up Lawsuits

With an era of 3D printable food dawning, the Star Trek “food replicator” is beginning to look more like modern reality instead of the stuff of science fiction. Every day and in every way, food scientists and flavor...more

Hitting a Gift Horse in the Mouth?

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

A former employee of the American Humane Association (AHA), Barbara Casey, has filed a lawsuit alleging that she was wrongfully terminated after complaining that some of the animals on the HBO show “Luck” were abused during...more

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