Animal Welfare

May 31, 2021

Vox’s Animal Issue Examines Our Relationship with Animals

Vox recently published The Animals Issue of The Highlight, which examines various aspects of humans’ relationship to animals in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Some of […]
April 30, 2021

Shark Finning Bill Reintroduced in Congress

Shark finning is the practice of slicing the fin off of a still-living shark and discarding the rest of its body overboard, leaving it to bleed […]
May 1, 2020

Netflix’s “Tiger King” Documentary Overlooks Animal Welfare Issues in Favor of Entertainment

Netflix’s “Tiger King” was released as the world was entering into lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it quickly became the talk of many Zoom […]
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 […]
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