Animal Law Update

Commentary on Animal Law and Legal Issues

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“Lauren Appleby contributed to this post and is a current Summer Associate at Fox Rothschild’s Princeton, NJ Office.”

Post-conviction ownership bans for animal abuse are a recognized potential legal consequence in at least forty states.[1]In New Jersey, Moose’s Law, a bill which has been proposed since 2012, would prohibit people convicted of criminal

The Dallas Zoo has been the target of several criminal acts including animal theft, animal endangerment, vandalism, and suspected intentional injury to a vulture found dead with a suspicious wound.  A suspect was just arrested and charged with animal cruelty related to the theft of two tamarin monkeys, Bella and Finn, who were fortunately found

H.R. 263: Big Cat Public Safety Act was passed Congress on December 6, 2022 — next stop — the President.

If enacted, the amendments to the Lacey Act would revise restrictions on the possession and exhibition of big cats, including to restrict direct contact between the public and big cats.

Specifically, USDA licensed exhibitors (“Exhibitors”)

As you recall, Governor Christie signed amendments to the New Jersey Animal Cruelty Statutes that repealed the long-standing authority of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to enforce the animal cruelty statutes in the State, effective 2018.  Repealed by L.2017, c. 331, § 35 . . .

Those amendments

No, this does not mean what you may think.  I believe the best way to protect animals, is to provide for their humane care by their owners.  This position is juxtaposed to those who believe animals should be considered “persons” and have rights similar to those afforded to people.

Fortunately, a growing number of courts

By David Galpern, a summer associate at Fox Rothschild LLP, based in the firm’s Princeton office

A recently enacted Virginia law amending Va. Code § 3.2-6511.2 imposes strict requirements on commercial dog and cat breeders who sell animals “for experimental purposes,” like research. Senate Bill 87, and its counterpart House Bill 1350, was introduced in

Injuries to a woman who heroically jumped in a canal to save a neighbor’s dog were not considered viable as a cause of action under the state’s rescue doctrine.  See Ann Samolyk v. Dorothy Berthe, III, No. A-16-21 (085946) (N.J. June 13, 2022).  The State’s highest court declined to extend the rescue doctrine to those