Animals in the News

Human Rights Law, Cooperative and Animal Law - NYSBA CasePrepPlus for April 5, 2019
Update on NYS State Division of Human Rights' Determination That the Disabled Cooperative Shareholder as Discriminated Against When She Was Prohibited From Keeping a Dog in Her Cooperative Apartment Confirmed by the Court of Appeals, Reversing the Appellate Division.  The Court of Appeals, over a two-judge dissent, in a brief memorandum that did not recite the acts, reversed the Appellate Division and confirmed the NYS Division of Human Rights (SDHR) determination that petitioners had discriminated against the disabled complainant, a cooperative shareholder, by prohibiting her from keeping a dog in the cooperative apartment.  Click to read the article and the case.

Tedisco to Cuomo: Pardon dog. Troy euthanasia case of Luna prompted outcry, law change - Times Union, December 13, 2018
This article is an update on Luna, a 6-year-old mixed breed facing euthanasia for biting another dog and its owner on Oct. 25.  Senator Jim Tedisco, R-Glenville, is asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to pardon Luna.

Troy to rewrite dangerous-dog law in response to public outcry - Times Union, November 27, 2018
This article reports that a Troy dog, facing mandatory euthanasia as a result of ambiguous wording in a local ordinance that does not correlate with the state's Agriculture and Market statute, is now awaiting appeal by Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, filed November 21, 2018 in Rensselaer County Court.  

House Votes To Strip Wolves Of ESA Protections; Will Senate Follow? - National Parks Traveler, November 19, 2018
This article reports on the impact on grey wolves after the recent passage of House Bill 6784, “Manage our Wolves Act” by the House of Representatives.

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish chicken-killing ritual may continue, New York's top court ruled - NY Daily News, November 14, 2018
This article reports that the Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit seeking to have the NYPD and city Health Department crack down on the ultra-Orthodox Jewish ritual of killing chickens in advance of Yom Kippur. Read the judicial opinion here.

Environmental Affairs Committee Calls for a Policy and Legislative Review on Captive Lion Breeding for  Hunting and Lion Bone Trade - November 12, 2018
This press release indicates that the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs adopted the Report of a two-day colloquium it held on Captive Breeding of Lions for Hunting and Lion Bone Trade, from 21 - 22 August 2018. 

Raising the profile of animal law to match the stakes, The Harvard Gazette - November 5, 2018
This article reports that a Harvard Law Professor is teaching a class on wildlife law for the second time in three years. 

New Brooklyn shelter to offer to refuge to domestic-violence victims and their pets - NY Post, October 30, 2018
This article reports that a new domestic violence shelter with accommodate 100 people and 30 pets, making it the largest shelter of its kind in the country.

Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Humane Society of the United States' complaint with the Federal Trade Commission Regarding Pet Leasing Industry - Global Legal Chronicle, October 29, 2018
This article reports that the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Humane Society of the United States filed complaint with the Federal Trade Commission urging it to investigate the pet leasing industry for deceptive and unfair business practices

Proposed chicken slaughterhouse draws criticism from local residents - Newsday, October 24, 2018
This article reports that, at a town meeting, Islip residents expressed concern that proposed slaughterhouse will cause environmental problems in the community.

USDA’s enforcement of animal welfare laws plummeted in 2018, agency figures show - Washington post, October 18, 2018
This article reports that the Agriculture Department had issued 39 warnings to breeders, exhibitors and research labs that allegedly violated animal welfare laws in the first three-quarters of fiscal 2018, and it filed and simultaneously settled one complaint.

Cops aren't entitled to kill dogs during search just because they are unlicensed, 6th Circuit says - ABA Journal, October 16, 2018
This article reports that a federal appeals court ruled that police officers who fatally shot a couple’s dogs during a home search weren’t entitled to kill the animals just because they were unlicensed.

Is Happy the Elephant Lonely? Free Her, the Bronx Zoo Is Urged - New York Times, October 3, 2018
This article reports that an animal rights group is seeking to have Happy — and three other elephants and a handful of chimpanzees — receive the same legal protections as humans.