29March2016

Barbarism is not Culturally Acceptable

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The dog meat trade is a multi billion dollar trade business in China, South Korea, the Phillipines, Viet Nam and Africa among others.  Claire Bass, executive director of Humane Society International/UK stated: “Asia’s dog meat trade is a brutal, largely illegal, profit-driven business that subjects millions of dogs to terrifying and painful deaths for a meat delicacy that no-one needs…..this is not about culture, this is about appalling levels of animal cruelty and abuse that must not be tolerated or ignored.”

Asia’s dog meat trade sees about 30 million dogs a year brutally killed after a life of living in crammed and squalid conditions, subjected to horrendous treatment and then tortured and killed in the cruelest methods that would be considered aggravated felony cruelty in the United States.  Read the rest of this entry »

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1March2016

Animal Law Review invites you to attend its fifth Annual Symposium

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Crossing Borders: Animals & Business

1pm to 5:45pm, Friday, March 11, 2016

Join us for an afternoon discussing the intersection between animals and trade.  The Symposium will address animal-related issues embedded in U.S. and international trade regulations, with emphasis on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and horse trade issues here in the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »

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15February2016

Bull in a China Shop: Animals in the Workplace

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Look at the law as it applies in settings ranging from agriculture to office cubicles. What are the three forms of ag-gag laws and how far do they reach? How is “work” defined for animals? If Fido the canine service animal suddenly gets a pink slip at work, what laws and agencies protect him? What is the trend in treating animals like employees? Can a veterinarian bite the hand that feeds her in suing a client for injuries sustained by her client’s pet? And what about discrimination against those who don’t eat or wear animal products? Gain the answers to these and related questions in this information-packed seminar exploring today’s animal law.

Date: Feb. 19, 2016
Location: Portland
3 General CLE Credits
Discount for Section members
Reduced rate for nonlawyers

https://osbar.inreachce.com/Details/Information/6dd5ae90-bcd5-441c-afb0-be552e15f82a

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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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