Posted on October 20, 2014 by David
Following the death of the first patient diagnosed with the Ebola virus in the United States, the news has been revolving around the outbreak in West Africa and the possible implications for the rest of the world. There are currently sixteen confirmed cases of Ebola outside of West Africa. In a majority of these cases, the patients contracted the virus while treating the outbreak in West Africa and then traveled back to their home country for treatment. The concern rapidly escalated from safeguarding oneself from the virus to safeguarding our pets. A nurse in Spain contracted the virus while treating a missionary who returned home to Madrid after treating patients in Africa.
The nurse and her husband are owners of a rescue dog, Excalibur, who quickly became the center of attention for many animal rights activists all over the globe. Spanish authorities stated that Excalibur was to be euthanized to further prevent the spread of the virus after reports suggested that dogs can carry the virus without showing any symptoms. The nurse’s husband publicly pleaded with officials to spare the dog’s life, citing other reports that claim there have not been any cases in which a human contracted the Ebola virus from a dog. Local animal rights activists began protesting outside the nurse’s home while others took to social media to spread the word. Unfortunately, the Continue reading
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Posted on October 14, 2014 by David
Two recent Oregon Supreme Court rulings have afforded animals further protections, despite their classification as property under Oregon law. These rulings will allow law enforcement to provide more meaningful aid to animal victims and will allow the court system to levy stricter penalties for those found guilty of animal abuse or neglect. Together they strengthen the intervention and prosecution of animal crimes.
In State v. Arnold Nix, the Oregon Supreme Court held that animals could be victims – thus, rather than considering the starvation of twenty horses and goats into one count of second-degree animal neglect, the perpetrator would be charged with one count for each individual animal victim, or twenty counts of neglect. Naturally, allowing for the accused to be charged with twenty counts, as opposed to one, could result in significantly larger and longer punishments. Furthermore, inherent in this decision is the fact that “victim status” is afforded to more than just companion animals, as the animals in the case were horses and goats. Continue reading
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Posted on September 30, 2014 by David
From the email:
Equal Justice Works is extending the deadline for applicants interested in working on Animal Law issues! There is a growing demand for strong candidates with top quality projects across the country. You now have until November 15th, 2014 to submit an application.
The Equal Justice Works Fellowships Program provides financial and other forms of support to lawyers working on innovative legal projects throughout the U.S. The two-year fellowships offer salary (up to $41,000 annually) and generous loan repayment assistance; a national training and leadership development program; and other forms of support during the term of the fellowship.
General Information about 2015 Equal Justice Works Fellowships Continue reading
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Posted on September 30, 2014 by David
From the email:
|Call for Papers Second Oxford Summer School on Animal EthicsThe Ethics of Using Animals in Research
26-29 July 2015 at St Stephen’s House, Oxford
In 1947, Oxford don C. S. Lewis commented that it was “the rarest thing in the world to hear a rational discussion of vivisection”. This Summer School intends to provide just that: a rational discussion of the ethics of using animals in research.
Papers are invited from academics world-wide on any aspect relating to the ethics of animal experimentation, including philosophical and religious ethics, historical, legal, psychological, and sociological perspectives, the morality of various types of research, the use of alternatives, the confinement of animals in laboratories, and the effectiveness of current controls and future legislation.
The Centre will be producing its own review of the ethics of the use of animals in research, which should be published in the Autumn of 2014. Contributors are asked to consider responding to the methodology and conclusions of the review in their contributions to the Summer School.
Abstracts of proposed contributions (no more than 300 words) should be sent to Clair Linzey via email: email@example.com. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 1 January 2015.
All selected papers will be published in book form or in the Journal of Animal Ethics.
The School is being arranged by the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics in partnership with the BUAV. The Centre is very grateful to the BUAV for its sponsorship of academic work on this subject, including this Summer School.
St Stephen’s House is an Anglican Theological College and a Hall of the University of Oxford.
Registration for the Summer School will shortly be available on the Centre’s website.
|Our mailing address is: Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics
91 Iffley Road
Oxford, EnglandOX4 1EG
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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 August 7, 2014 by Seth
An article caught my eye this morning about a man in New Mexico who was charged with a felony for extreme cruelty against a dog. The man allegedly stabbed his girlfriend’s dog in the heart, and then marinated the remains of the animal in preparation to cook it. While animal cruelty is a crime in New Mexico, eating dogs or cats is not, and if the defendant is successful in showing he did not act cruelly, there is no consequence for killing a companion animal for food.
These types of cases crop up every once in a while, often accompanied by outrage from some segments of the population over the wanton nature of the act. As always, since the law codifies our social voice, some states have put laws in place to discourage this kind of behavior. In New York, for example, one may not ” slaughter or butcher domesticated dog or domesticated cat to create food, meat or meat products for human or animal consumption.”
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