Legislation

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 […]
May 18, 2018

9th Circuit Rejects Monkey’s Copyright Claim

It all started when, in 2011, a wildlife photographer named David Slater left his camera unattended on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. A crested macaque […]
January 10, 2018

Florida Orca Protection Act Proposed

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), along with a coalition of animal advocacy groups, is proposing the Florida Orca Protection Act for the upcoming 2018 legislative […]
January 9, 2018

2018 Legislative Session

The 2018 Florida legislative session begins on January 9, 2018, and runs through March 9th.  However, it can be extended by 3/5 vote of the senate and house.  […]
January 2, 2018

Desmond’s Law of Connecticut: Court-Appointed Animal Advocates

The Problem. Eighty percent of animal abuse cases in Connecticut over the past ten years were either dismissed or never prosecuted.[1] What seems like an impossible […]
January 2, 2018

The Lacey Act and Illegal Eel Trafficking

It is quiet, the only noise is the swish of the dip net as it gets pushed and pulled through the cold river water. It is […]
January 2, 2018

Free The Beagles

I. ISSUE On August 25, 2017, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law the “Beagle Freedom Bill,” or S.B. 1884.[1] This bill concerned the many adoptable […]
November 28, 2017

“Ponce’s Law” House Bill Introduced

Representative Tom Leek has introduced HB 473, called “Ponce’s Law,” that would strengthen Florida’s animal cruelty law by allowing judges to prohibit people convicted of animal […]
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