Animal Welfare

January 4, 2019

IT IS TIME TO END THE EXPLOITATION AND MISTREATMENT OF BIG CATS IN FLORIDA

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 […]
September 16, 2018

California Passes Bill to Prohibit Sale of Cosmetics Tested on Animals

It has been illegal in California since 2000 to test on animals where there is an appropriate alternative method available. But the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act […]
July 11, 2018

The Difficulty of Ranking Animal Intelligence

FiveThirtyEight recently published a fascinating article on animal intelligence and its implications for animals’ treatment under the law. Entitled “Humans Are Dumb At Figuring Out How […]
May 19, 2018

FFWC Seeks Comment on Elephant Ride Rules

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 […]
May 18, 2018

Florida Statute Criminalizing Altering Certificate of Veterinary Inspection Held Constitutional

Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal (“2d DCA”) recently reversed a dismissal based on the trial court’s determination that section 585.145(3), Florida Statutes (2013 and 2014) […]
October 27, 2017

California Bans Mill-bred Animal Sales Starting in 2019

On October 13, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed what is thought to be a bill that is the first of its kind in the […]
October 27, 2017

Rural Florida Agricultural LEOs

Rural counties in Florida are beginning to designate officers to the specific task of investigating agricultural and natural resource crimes. These areas require a different type […]
August 28, 2017

Early Legislation Filed to Specifically Criminalize Animal Hoarding and Require Mental Health Counse

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 […]
August 28, 2017

Shark-Dragging Video Sparks Outrage, Investigation

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. […]
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