Animal & Dog Law

Overview

Animal law is the body of law surrounding pet ownership, wildlife, animals used in the entertainment industry and animals raised for food and research. Animal law is a combination of various areas of law, such as tort, criminal, contract and constitutional law. Important issues in animal law include animal cruelty, companion animal concerns, animal breeding and animal estate planning.

Animal Cruelty

Animal protection laws, known as anti-cruelty laws, regulate the abuse of animals. The Animal Welfare Act authorizes the U.S. Department of Agriculture to regulate the use of animals in research settings, circuses and zoos. Additionally, every state criminalizes the commission of inhumane acts against animals. In many states, violation of these laws is treated as a felony. Animal cruelty laws address a wide variety of issues, including owner neglect, pet mills or "farms" and animal laboratory testing. The Humane Society of the United States works to shield animals from mistreatment by actively investigating potential abusers. Another prominent animal rights organization is the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), which seeks to protect abused animals through the legal system. The ALDF brings a number of lawsuits each year in an effort to eliminate animal cruelty.

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  • California Fish and Game Commission Delays Listing Decision for Gray Wolf April 17, 2014 The Los Angeles Times reports that the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) unanimously voted to postpone a decision on whether to list the gray wolf (Canis lupus) under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). As we previously…
  • Incredible Scam to Kill Inedible Wolves April 16, 2014 There is more fallout from the Michigan wolf hunt scandal, in which state legislators relied on and trafficked in exaggerated and even fabricated stories about wolf incidents as they went about authorizing a hunt on the state's small population of...…
  • Natural Resources Committee Discusses Endangered Species Act Reform April 14, 2014 Earlier this week, the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing to discuss Endangered Species Act (ESA) reform. The hearing focused on four bills that seek to require data and spending transparency under the ESA. As previously reported, an…
  • Keep 'em Safe on your Horse and Don't Lose $300 grand April 14, 2014 A recent equine law Florida case provides valuable insights into ways YOU can avoid liability when allowing anyone to ride your horse.It is such a shame that fear of liability has caused so many of us to become hyperaware and fearful of accidents and…
  • Our Hollywood Screening of The Ghosts in Our Machine April 11, 2014 ALDF is now expanding its presence in the greater Los Angeles region with ALDF-LA.