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 because animal welfare has emerged as a major priority to an increasingly growing population of people.
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.
In Elgin, Illinois, authorities are happy with a breed neutral ordinance adopted earlier this year. The city council was set to adopt an ordinance restricting pit bull dogs and at the last minute opted for the breed neutral ordinance instead. The new law encourages owner responsibility and focuses on controlling behavior not penalizing dogs for their breed or appearance. Check out the whole story HERE.
What’s taking so long? Call on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign Assembly Bill 2743 that would prohibit landlords from requiring tenants to declaw or devocalize their animals. For more on this click HERE.
In New York a commercial dog breeders horrific gassing of dogs in a makeshift gas chamber may be the catalyst for reform of the state’s pet dealer laws. Click HERE for more information.
In Pennsylvania, the Dogs Deserve Better founder, Tamira Thayne, has been chained near the state Capitol since early August to draw attention to the plight of chained dogs and encourage legislators to pass legislation to restrict chaining. Thayne was joined at the Capitol this past week by dozens of Pennsylvanians who want to know why legislators have not passed a number of pending humane bills. For more on this, click HERE.
Citizens were also angered by the decision in August, 2010 by the Dept. of Agriculture to issue regulations that water down humane requirements enacted in 2008 for Class C commercial dog kennels. Despite an explicit ban on wire flooring, the new regulations allow Class C breeders to use wire flooring for 50% of the flooring in cages holding mothers about to give birth or who are nursing. Jessie Smith, Deputy Secretary for the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement has announced the Bureau will not enforce as to nursing mothers the 2008 law requiring dogs trapped in Class C kennels to have “unfettered access” to an exercise area. Also, the legislature has continued to fail to address care and treatment, housing and handling of thousands of dogs trapped in for profit kennels that are not Class C kennels. Find out more HERE.