It seems not a day goes by without some kind of legislation involving animal welfare making headlines across the country. Bills introduced on the local, state and even national levels have become important issues to aldermen, judges, city council members, state government officials and senators throughout the country, because animal welfare has emerged as a major priority to an increasingly growing population of people; people who vote for the candidates to fill those offices. At Tails, we know that keeping current and understanding the legal issues as they pertain to our beloved animal companions— and all animals in general is important to our readers. Which is why we created “It’s the Law,” by Laura Allen, executive director of the Animal Law Coalition a non-profit, which brings the latest animal legal news to attorneys, law students and the public, and offers legal analysis of the issues affecting animals.
The San Francisco Animal Control Commission may ask the city’s Board of Supervisors to ban the retail sale of all animals including hamsters, guinea pigs and other little ones. 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 or other public places. For more about why these laws are being passed click HERE.
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 passed this year that bans 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, click HERE.
The Wild Horses and Burros Advisory Board for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the U.S. Dept. of Interior (DOI) met in Denver this past week. 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 the plan announced last fall to move them to pastures or feedlots in non-reproducing herds in the midwest or East. For more on what happened and for a look at changes in the law and policies that we might make to save the wild horses and burros, click HERE.
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 and the horsemeat sold usually overseas as an expensive delicacy. 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 and how you can help stop the slaughter of American horses for human consumption click HERE.