Animal Law

455 ABA Journal articles on Animal Law.

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.
How does an entrepreneur know when to shift the business model—or completely start over?
Ari Kaplan spoke with Nehal Madhani, the founder and CEO of Alt Legal, an intellectual property docketing software company. Madhani spent four years as an associate with Kirkland & Ellis in New York prior to launching his venture.
Lawyer attributes condo suit over Latham partner’s pit bull to ‘dog racism’

A Manhattan condominium association is suing a Latham & Watkins partner in an effort to evict her pit bull.

The suit against lawyer Michelle Kelban-Carteron by the board of managers…

Appeals court rejects new habeas petition seeking chimpanzees’ release

A New York appeals court has turned down another habeas appeal filed on behalf of two caged chimpanzees, finding that new affidavits by Dr. Jane Goodall and other experts don’t…

From interracial marriage to animal issues, Philip Hirschkop has fought for justice for all
Philip Hirschkop’s passions have taken him from civil rights cases to his current position as outside general counsel for the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Florida lawyer’s firm is dedicated to marine mammals

Natalie Barefoot might be one of the few lawyers who enthusiastically describes her work as fun. As executive director of Cet Law, Barefoot has channeled her passion for cetaceans—which include whales, dolphins and porpoises—into a nonprofit law practice with a mission to advocate on behalf of the mammals and their habitats.

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