4February2016

Ashland Daily Tidings – Letter to the Editor

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Ashland Daily Tidings – Letter to the Editor

Stop poaching

Oregon, tracking similar initiatives in Washington and California, is posed to ban wildlife trafficking with the November 2016 proposed ballot measure prohibiting the sale of products and parts from elephants, rhinos, tigers, lions, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, whales and other critically threatened or endangered species. The act will be known as the Wildlife Trafficking Prevention Act, and amends Section 2 of ORS 498.022. Read the rest of this entry »

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12October2015

THE GOOD, BAD AND UGLY REGARDING DOG FOSTERING

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By Lisa Frost

I have been a foster dog guardian in Jackson County since 2011.  Since that time, I (with my husband’s assistance) have fostered for approximately 20 dogs (including whelping and bottle feeding 10 pups). Read the rest of this entry »

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5October2015

Animal Law Update by Stacy McKerlie

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Coalition files Amicus Brief to Stop Florida Black Bear Hunt

Organizations (including the Center for Biological Diversity, Animal Legal Defense Fund, and Animal Welfare Institute) filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief on September 25 in an effort to halt hunting of black bears in Florida. The lawsuit was initiated when the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission authorized the trophy hunting and subsequent killing of over 300 black bears, which will begin on October 24. It is estimated that the total black bear population in Florida is currently between 2,500 to 3,000 bears. Read the rest of this entry »

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10September2015

Animal Law Update by Stacy McKerlie

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Coalition Files Petition for Rulemaking to USDA

On September 1st, a coalition of several organizations including PETA, Mercy for Animals, and ALDF filed a legal petition calling for stricter regulations under the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act (HMSA) and the Federal Meat Inspection Act. The petition alleges the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has been failing to properly enforce the HMSA. For example, the coalition alleges the FSIS has failed to suspend plants that engage in egregious illegality and cruelty to animals, and has failed to report intentional and extreme acts of cruelty to the proper authorities.

You can read the petition here: http://aldf.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/FSIS-Petition-FINAL.pdf Read the rest of this entry »

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4September2015

Animal Law Updates by Stacy McKerlie

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Complaints Consolidated Against SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.

Former customers of SeaWorld, represented by law firm Hagens Berman, have filed a consolidated class-action lawsuit against SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. The complaint alleges that SeaWorld misrepresented itself to its customers about the treatment of its orcas, violating laws such as the California Unfair Competition Law and the False Advertising Law. Consumers who have purchased tickets or memberships from SeaWorld over the last four years may be able to join the suit. More information about the lawsuit can be found here: http://www.hbsslaw.com/cases-and-investigations/cases/SeaWorld-Consumer-Lawsuit. Read the rest of this entry »

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20August2015

This Week in Animal Law by Stacy McKerlie

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Federal Government Proposes New Rule to Protect Whales, Dolphins

After several environmental organizations filed suit against the federal government for non-enforcement of the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act’s ban on unregulated seafood imports, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced on August 10th that it would propose a new rule to protect whales and dolphins. The rule would require foreign fisheries to comply with U.S. conservation standards in order to import seafood to the U.S.  You can find a copy of the proposed rule here: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/fisheries/pdfs/Proposed_Rule_8_10_15.pdf. Read the rest of this entry »

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13August2015

This Week in Animal Law by Stacy McKerlie

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Ag-Gag Law Unconstitutional

On August 3rd, Idaho Code § 18-7042 (commonly referred to as an “ag-gag” law) was struck down as unconstitutional in the United District Court for the District of Idaho. The Court ruled that the act was a violation of the First Amendment because it suppressed speech that criticizes factory farms, as well as a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection clause because the act was motivated by animus towards animal advocates. Seven other states still have similar “ag-gag” laws that criminalize performing undercover investigations. A copy of the Court’s decision can be found here: http://aldf.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/8-3-2015-ALDF-decision-ag-gag.pdf. Read the rest of this entry »

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7August2015

Idaho Ag-Gag Litigation – Struck Down

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http://www.scribd.com/doc/273436315/Idaho-Ag-Gag-Decision

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