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March 8, 2010

ANIMALS AND THE LAW - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE ON ANIMALS AND THE LAW
RELEASES COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE FOR LAWYERS AND THE PUBLIC

Pamphlet Dedicated to Memory of State Bar Past President Lorraine Power Tharp

ALBANY-To keep legal professionals and the public abreast of the most recent updates in animal law, the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Animals and the Law has issued a comprehensive guide that provides up-to-date information on animal laws, including animal cruelty, dangerous dog cases and animal fighting, among other legal issues. The new pamphlet Animal Law in New York State LEGALease also offers new details about Federal Laws that protect disabled individuals and their service dogs, issues related to pets and housing, pet trusts, and humane education requirements.  It is now available online at www.nysba.org/AnimalLawPamphlet.

Publications Subcommittee Chair Kris McConville, who edited the second edition of the pamphlet, said, "The newly revised pamphlet provides an invaluable resource to help anyone navigate recent changes to New York State and selected Federal animal law statutes.  It is meant to be a comprehensive guide for the practitioner who gets an animal related case and also interested members of the public."  The popular first edition of the pamphlet, edited by Committee Vice Chair Amy L. Chaitoff, was published in 2006.

The pamphlet is dedicated to the memory of Lorraine Power Tharp, the 2002-2003 New York State Bar Association President who established the Committee on Animals and the Law.

Committee Chair James F. Gesualdi of Islip said, "We proudly dedicate our new pamphlet to Past State Bar President Lorraine Power Tharp, founder of the Special Committee on Animals and the Law. Her vision recognized not only the role that animals play in our society in general but also their importance specifically to New Yorkers in all walks of life. In memory of Ms. Tharp's enduring legacy, we remain committed to making a difference for animals and people."

Animal Law in New York State is part of the State Bar's LEGALease program, an initiative that has produced a series of brochures prepared by various sections, committees, and members of the NYSBA that provide the public with basic information about specific areas of New York state law. 

The pamphlet is available for complimentary download at: www.nysba.org/AnimalLawPamphlet. The printed version of the pamphlet can be purchased in packets of 50 for $12.50 for NYSBA members or $22.50 for non-members. To order, call 1-800-582-2452 and provide the product number A41338. A single copy can be requested at no charge.
 
The Committee on Animals and the Law was established to provide an information resource for the State Bar's members and the public about non-human, animal-related humane issues that arise from and have an effect upon our legal system. The committee and its members were recently honored by the State Bar for "providing an array of animal law information and resources that make a difference for animals and the people who care for them."

The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Founded in 1876, State Bar programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.

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