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

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

House Passes PACT Act to Make Animal Cruelty a Federal Crime

The PACT (Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture) Act was passed unanimously in the US House of Representatives this week. This act would expand on a prior law that criminalizes the production and distribution of animal torture videos.  Passage of the PACT Act would criminalize acts of animal torture at the federal level as well. Representatives … Continue reading House Passes PACT Act to Make Animal Cruelty a Federal Crime

Should Michael Vick Be Allowed to Adopt a Dog?

Infamous Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick announced earlier this week that he would like to adopt a dog. In an interview with Piers Morgan, Vick explained that his kids have wanted a dog for some time now, and that owning one would be therapeutic for them. "It certainly wouldn't be a pit bull," he assured. … Continue reading Should Michael Vick Be Allowed to Adopt a Dog?