Posted on September 22, 2014 by David
The Mid-Atlantic Lyceum was started in 2011 in order to address issues in neglected fields of law, with a focus on animal law. The Lyceum also addresses disability issues specifically, issues affecting disabled individuals and service animals in general and in daily life. In late October the Lyceum will announce a series of animal law forums that will take place throughout 2015. For example, the Lyceum hopes to launch a forum focusing on promoting health for both domestic animals and their human companions. The Lyceum is also currently in the process of setting up a Yelp-like review system that will be named Paws and Claws which will track access of places of public accommodations for the disabled and their service animals. Continue reading
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Posted on September 17, 2014 by othernations
“I wish to speak a word for Nature, for absolute freedom and wildness…I wish to make an extreme statement, if so I may make an emphatic one, for there are enough champions of civilization… what I have been preparing to say is, that in Wildness is the preservation of the World.”
~Henry David Thoreau, from the essay, “Walking” (1862)
We’re in the midst of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, signed into law by Pres. Lyndon Johnson on Sept. 3, 1964–102 years after Thoreau delivered his famous dictum. It took Howard Zahniser, the bill’s primary author, eight years (after introduction in 1956), 65 rewrites, and 18 public hearings to get the job done with overwhelming bi-partisan support (those were the days!). Today, 109,511,038 acres of congressionally-designated wilderness compose the 758 units of the National Wilderness Preservation System managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Continue reading
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Posted on September 8, 2014 by David
From the email — what looks like an excellent conference:
The Connecticut Bar Association’s Animal Law Section and Yale Law
School’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund are partnering to offer an
exciting conference on September 27th on “The Agricultural Gag
Laws–Your First Amendment Rights, Your Health, Animal Welfare, and Our
Environment. Speakers will include: Amanda Hitt, Director of the Food
Integrity Campaign at the Government Accountability Project; Matthew
Liebman, Senior Attorney of the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Litigation
Program; Alicia Wagner Calzada, Esq., past president of the National
Press Photographers’ Association and current Chair of the Advocacy
Committee for NPPA; Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the
United States; Taylor Radig, Social Justice/Animal Rights Activist; and
Paige Tomaselli, Senior Attorney for the Center for Food Safety.
For more information and to register please go to www.ctbar.org, click
on “Calendar” then on “Meetings/Events” and scroll down to September
We look forward to seeing you at this very timely conference.
Suzan Porto, Co-Chair,
on behalf of the Animal Law Section and Yale Law School’s Student Animal
Legal Defense Fund
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Posted on September 5, 2014 by David
I am delighted to announce that The Pace Environmental Law Review has published an issue dedicated exclusively to animal law. It is the first Environmental Law Review to do so and its publication marks a tremendous step forward for both disciplines. The articles are available for download via Digital Commons. The Table of Contents is below. Continue reading
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Posted on August 20, 2014 by Seth
A provocative case came out of the Oregon Supreme Court two weeks ago addressing a warrantless seizure of a horse that was used to convict the defendants of animal abuse. As Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) reports, in the consolidated cases of State v. Fessenden and State v. Dicke, the court held that an officer was acting in accordance with the exceptions to the warrant requirements when he observed a starving horse on defendants’ property and took the horse to a veterinarian for emergency medical attention. The defendants were later charged with animal abuse, but they contended that the seizure of the horse was in violation of their right to privacy, and as it was a warrantless seizure, the evidence (the horse) had to be suppressed.
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Posted on August 17, 2014 by othernations
Predatory jackrabbit. Click image to witness lagomorphs’ vicious nature.
Jim Harper photo – en-wikipedia
Kathleen Stachowski Other Nations
The Environmental Assessment has been issued; comment deadline is Oct. 16, 2014. Details at end of post.
Q: What do coyotes, skunks, weasels, jackrabbits, raccoons, starlings, and grey wolves in Idaho have in common?
A: An arsenal of bullets heading their way.
Why? All are designated as predators by Idaho Fish and Game. And unless we–you and I–send a clear message to federal land managers about the value of these animals on our taxpayer-supported public lands, they will be in the crosshairs on 3,100,000 acres (Challis, Salmon, and Upper Snake Field Offices of the Idaho Falls BLM District) during another competitive killing derby slated for early January 2015. It’s sponsored by predator hate group Idaho for Wildlife, and follows their first, controversial derby held last winter–that one limited to coyotes and wolves. This time, they’re seeking a 5-year federal special recreation permit for their expanded death-fest. Continue reading
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Posted on August 15, 2014 by othernations
Kathleen Stachowski Other Nations
“It’s farming. It is just a different type of farming.” So said Larry Schultz in a bid to move his bobcat fur farm from North Dakota–away from the hustle and bustle of booming Bakken shale oil production–to Fergus County, Montana.
The term “fur farm” makes stomachs churn with apprehension—if not horror–depending on how much one already knows. These shadowy enterprises don’t throw their doors open to public scrutiny, so what we know of them comes from undercover investigative reports and video. But calling it “farming” can’t legitimize an ethically-bereft industry that turns sentient, nonhuman animals into jacket trim. Continue reading
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