Animal Law

460 ABA Journal articles on Animal Law.

Chimpanzees lose habeas bid in New York’s top court; a judge sees a ‘manifest injustice’

New York’s top court has refused to hear a habeas appeal filed on behalf of two caged chimpanzees, but one judge sees merit in arguments made.

In a concurrence

Suit argues animals have the right to sue their abusers

A horse named Justice is entitled to recover the costs of his medical care and damages for pain and suffering from his alleged abuser, according to a negligence suit filed…

Monkey has no standing to assert copyright infringement in selfie case, 9th Circuit rules
A federal appeals court has ruled that a monkey has no standing under the U.S. Copyright Act to assert copyright in selfie photos.
Animal park must move lemurs and tigers because of Endangered Species Act violation, court says

A former zoo in Iowa must transfer its lemurs and tigers to other facilities because of a violation by the Endangered Species Act, a federal appeals court has ruled.


Dangerous animal ban is vague as applied to Pinky the dog, Iowa appeals court says

The Iowa Court of Appeals has granted a reprieve to Pinky the dog in a 3-2 decision finding Des Moines’ dangerous animal ordinance was unconstitutionally vague as applied to the…

Shelter claims it is entitled to cat custody because adoptive owner breached indoors-only contract

A woman who named her cat after Reggie Watts is getting some help from the comedian in her custody battle with a shelter that claims it is entitled to the…

A purr-fect ending for Grumpy Cat is a $710K win in court
Star of memes Grumpy Cat has a savvy owner who's leveraged the feline's sourpuss face to produce branded products, score a commercial spot and obtain a “spokescat” deal.
Legal quirk lets struggling Florida greyhound tracks boost income with other types of gambling
Florida greyhound track owners can provide activities such as poker or slots as along as they keep running the dogs. Animal advocates and some track owners are looking to have this law scrapped.
SeaWorld sanctions motion claims Covington recruited ‘puppet plaintiffs’ in consumer class action

SeaWorld contends in a sanctions motion that Covington & Burling should pay more than $1.9 million in attorney fees incurred by the park for defense of a “frivolous” class action…

Whistleblowing for Wildlife: Advocates hope rewards prompt poaching reports
The word whistleblower evokes names such as Edward Snowden, Daniel Ellsberg and Deep Throat. But the reach of today’s whistleblower has begun to extend beyond the political jungle and into the animal kingdom through the Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program.
Photographer settles suit asserting monkey owned the copyright to his selfie

A photographer who claimed he owned the copyright to a selfie snapped by a monkey has settled a suit brought on the macaque’s behalf by People for the Ethical Treatment…

Order for debarking surgery in dog nuisance suit is upheld on appeal

An Oregon appeals court has upheld a trial judge’s order that a couple’s dogs must get debarking surgery to prevent them from disturbing their neighbors.

The appeals court ruled on…

Trap-neuter-vaccinate-return programs for community cats backed by ABA delegates

The ABA House of Delegates on Monday backed trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR) programs for free-roaming cats.

The House approved Resolution 102B, which calls for legislation and policies at state and local…

Couple can’t sue cops for killing their dogs because the pets were unlicensed, federal judge rules
A Michigan federal judge has tossed a civil rights lawsuit filed by a couple who claimed Detroit police officers operating as a “dog death squad” shot and killed their three dogs during a marijuana raid.
Ringling Bros. closure hasn’t stopped advocates from trying to ban other performing circus animals
For the animals that performed for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the show won’t go on. But the operators of dozens of circuses around the country still featuring animals can expect advocates to continue pushing for new laws to prevent abuse or ban such acts altogether.

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