Running in Place

Seth Victor

The more things change, the more they stay the same, so the saying goes. I’m not one to abide by that logic, especially when thinking about animal law; if everything stayed the same, all of the tireless advocacy would be for naught. The progress might  trickle at times, but it does happen.

Yet today I read two articles that, juxtaposed, forced the maxim to mind. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice has announced that her office supports adding animal cruelty and dog fighting under state penal law, as opposed to the current agriculture law that houses these offenses. Long Island has been pushing for stronger law enforcement for animal abuse in recent years. Suffolk County created the nation’s first animal law abuse registry  in 2010. Moving century old laws into criminal enforcement would certainly be another step in demonstrating the seriousness of these offenses. Continue reading

Pennsylvania Bar Institute Animal Law Conference

David Cassuto

A conference and CLE opportunity of interest, particularly but not only for those in Pennsylvania:

Pennsylvania Bar Institute CLE

7th Annual

Animal Law Conference

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Now in its seventh year, PBI is pleased to present this popular seminar which continues to attract new and curious attendees each year and which has a loyal following of annual customers! If you’ve attended the seminar in the past, then you know how educational and entertaining the day is!  If you’ve not attended before, now is the time to sign up and get in on the fun and earn six CLE credits.

Program topics will include:

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Pennsylvania Bar Institute to Host Animal Law Seminar

August 13th and 26th in Mechanicsburg and Philadelphia respectively.  This is the PBI’s 6th year doing this.  CLE is available.  More info here.

Pennsylvania State Legislator Fights for Animal Cruelty Bill

ear cropThomas Caltagirone, Chair of the Judiciary Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, authored an animal cruelty bill that is currently languishing in the Senate even though it passed the House unanimously in March.  The bill would outlaw ear cropping and “debarking” of dogs.   Mr. Caltagirone is tired of waiting.   He has declared that no one else’s bill will cross his transom until the Senate acts on his.  None.  Since he chairs a rather important committee, his threat carries significant heft.  I will look forward to and hope soon to hear about the bill’s forthcoming passage.

One rarely finds politicians willing to go to the mat for animals.  It is therefore a privilege and a delight to salute those who do.  Bravo, Representative Caltagirone.  Bravo.

–David Cassuto