New York Passes Two New Animal Welfare Laws

New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed an animal welfare legislative package into law recently. The first law is S.4254/A.4075, which prohibits insurance companies from refusing to issue or renew, cancel, or charge or impose an increased premium for certain homeowners’ insurance policies based solely on the breed of dog owned by customers. The second is … Continue reading New York Passes Two New Animal Welfare Laws

California Seeks to Replace “Colony” Canine Blood Banks with Community Blood Banks

Did you know that when your dog needs a blood transfusion, the source of that blood may be a large-scale colony blood bank where many dogs are housed, and their blood is repeatedly drawn? California is taking steps to phase out colony canine blood banks. They would be replaced by small community blood banks where … Continue reading California Seeks to Replace “Colony” Canine Blood Banks with Community Blood Banks

Video: Abandoned Pet Rabbits a Growing Problem in Many Neighborhoods

A recent news story out of Minnesota highlights a potentially serious problem in many suburban communities around the US:  pet rabbits, acquired during the pandemic, are being abandoned outdoors and are now multiplying. According to Debbie Mans, the CEO of Rabbit Rescue of Minnesota, the number of abandoned rabbits she’s now seeing is unprecedented.  Photographs … Continue reading Video: Abandoned Pet Rabbits a Growing Problem in Many Neighborhoods

What to Do if You See Animal Abuse Online

Most people know that if they witness animal abuse or neglect in person, they can report it to local law enforcement or animal services.  But what if you see videos or images of animal cruelty on the internet? Unfortunately, there are many instances of animal abuse online.  According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, reporting … Continue reading What to Do if You See Animal Abuse Online

New Jersey Senate Passes Courtroom Animal Advocate Bill

  You may have heard the term court appointed special advocate (CASA) used to describe child welfare volunteers who represent the interests of abused and neglected children. The New Jersey State Senate passed a bill that will do the same for abused and neglected animals. The Courtroom Animal Advocate Program (CAAP) bill--S.2868/A.4533—will allow law students … Continue reading New Jersey Senate Passes Courtroom Animal Advocate Bill