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It’s the Law: Animal law updates from across the country

June 23, 2010 by Tails Magazine in Legislation with 0 Comments

San Francisco moves closer to banning pet sales

The San Francisco Animal Control Commission may ask the city’s Board of Supervisors to ban the retail sale of animals including hamsters and guinea pigs. This is another step in what has been a trend in California cities and elsewhere to ban retail sales of dogs and cats. There is a similar effort to ban sales or giveaways of animals along roadsides and other public places. For more about why these laws are being passed, visit: http://www.animallawcoalition.com/companion-animal-breeding/article/1358.

Massachusetts sets the stage for federal law against devocalization

A federal bill, H.R. 5422, would give grants to states that ban convenience devocalization of dogs and cats. The grant money could be used for programs to prevent animal cruelty. The inspiration for this bill was the Massachusetts law, http://www.animallawcoalition.com/animal-cruelty/article/684/, which passed this year, banning devocalization of dogs and cats except in the event of medical necessity. For more on this federal bill and how you can help pass it and also pass a ban on devocalization of dogs and cats in your state, visit: http://www.animallawcoalition.com/animal-cruelty/article/1363.

Wild horses and burros need our help

The Wild Horses and Burros Advisory Board for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) met in Denver recently. Advocates for wild horses and burros were there to challenge the BLM’s policy of rounding up these animals from herd areas in the west and moving them to pastures or feedlots in non-reproducing herds in the Midwest or East. For more on what happened and a look at policies we might make to save the wild horses and burros, visit :

All horses need our help

The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, H.R. 503/S.B. 727, a bill pending in Congress, would stop the slaughter of American horses for human consumption. Horse slaughter for human consumption is not legal in the U.S., but American horses are still shipped to other countries, usually Canada or Mexico, for slaughter. Now, consumer fears about the serious health risks from American horses may be the impetus to end slaughter of American horses once and for all. For more information on how you can help stop the slaughter of American horses for human consumption, check out:  http://www.animallawcoalition.com/horse-slaughter/article/1368

–Laura Allen

Laura AllenLaura Allen received her law degree from Washington University and has been a trial attorney in the state and federal courts for more than 20 years. She has tried dozens of cases and has also argued appeals in state and federal courts in Missouri, Illinois, Washington, and Arizona. In addition to founding Animal Law Coalition, she is a member of the Board of Directors and general counsel for Equine Welfare Alliance, a member of the Board of Directors of Animal World USA, a regular guest on animal protection issues on Big Blend radio and WFL Endangered Stream Live radio and on the advisory boards of Saving America’s Horses – A Nation Betrayed; Miami Coalition Against BSL, Wild Capture Awareness, Companion Animal TV, and Animal Advocate Television. Allen lives in New York with her husband, Russ Mead, General Counsel of Farm Sanctuary, and their two dogs and three cats.

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