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IN THEIR OWN WORDS

The Street Dogs of Thailand
David Kueneman as written* to
Leonette M. Williams USC

Homeless dogs and cats in Thailand are a major concern for my wife and I. Although there are a few organizations similar to the ASPCA, most are very small, inadequate, ineffective and woefully underfunded with scant public support. Even though they don’t euthanize, being put in one of the shelters is tantamount to a death sentence. There are no legal precedents for the prevention of cruelty to animals and the trade in dogs and cats as sources of meat and/or leather is despicable and scandalous. But the damage and pain it causes pales in comparison to the pervasive suffering that results from the apathy and indifference with which most people here act towards their pets. Most do not consider them as “pets”; their presence is solely practical- guard the house, kill mice etc. The minimum possible amount of effort required to care for them is put out only as long as it's convenient. As soon as something changes, they get rid of the animal(s) until it strikes their fancy to have one around again.
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IN THE NEWS

Utah responds to lawsuit over so-called ‘Ag Gag’ law

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Attorney General’s Office has filed a response to a lawsuit filed by animal rights groups defending the state’s so-called “Ag Gag” law. The terse response, filed last week in federal court, denies the allegations leveled by animal welfare organizations. It asks the judge to dismiss the lawsuit outright. Read […]

Michigan Citizens Urge Policymakers to Protect Dog Owners' Property Rights by Banning Dog Breed Discrimination

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Make Michigan Next, a coalition of advocates, citizens and animal welfare organizations, supported by more than 1,000 of the state's voters, will host a rally on the East steps of the State Capitol in Lansing on Wed., Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to bring attention to discrimination against dog owners and the need to eliminate all ...

Melbourne Pizza Hut drops 'free small animal' deal after social media backlash

Pizza Hut has apologised after one of its Melbourne stores offered customers "one free small animal" if they bought 10 large pizzas.

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The AALL Animal Law Caucus was formed in 2010 to support the efforts of law librarians, academics and practitioners in the research, teaching, scholarship, and practice of animal law. Its purpose is to recognize and further the ongoing work of AALL members in this growing area of law.

The Animal Law Caucus is a legal resource for non-human, animal related humane issues, which arise from and have an effect upon our legal system.
Members:


    a)  monitor and provide comment on relevant
          legislation and policy-making decisions
          at various levels of government


    b)  offer legal education programs on animal
          law;


    c)  compile and provide access via the website
          to relevant statutes, court decisions, and
          administrative determinations and reports
          and


    d)  raise the profile of the field of animal law.

WHAT IS ANIMAL LAW? Maureen Moran

Laws about animals have been around for a very long time, but until relatively recently, the law – and lawyers, for the most part -- viewed animals not as sentient beings with rights and interests of their own but solely in relation to humans. ...

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