​The AALL Animal Law Caucus invites all members and friends attending the Annual Meeting in San Antonio to hear a presentation by attorney Robyn Katz at the beginning of our business meeting on Sunday, July 13, 2014, starting at 11:45 a.m. Robyn will speak about her legislative advocacy in Texas, including her work to pass bills to regulate commercial breeders (which includes provisions that are among the strongest in the U.S.) and to include companion animals in protective orders. Her discussion will both energize and empower attendees who want to work on animal protection legislation in their own states.

Robyn practices law in San Antonio with an emphasis on family law and animal law. After graduating from Texas Tech University School of Law, Robyn worked for a national animal welfare organization in Washington, D.C. While she was in law school, she was a finalist in the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund legislative drafting and lobbying competition. Since returning to Texas, Robyn has worked on legislation regarding commercial breeders and including companion animals in protective orders. Robyn frequently writes and speaks on animal law topics.

Our meeting will be held on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Marriott Riverwalk-Alamo Ballroom, Salon C. We hope to see you there!


The mission of the Animal Law Caucus Legislation Committee is to keep ALC members apprised of current legislative activity for both state and federal legislation. The Committee documents sites highlighting bill status and information encompassing animal law across all legal topics. Whether the subject entails criminal law, torts, or wills and trusts, the ALC Legislation Committee will highlight the advancement of animal law and may from time to time call upon its members to support significant initiatives.

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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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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.

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

    b)  offer legal education programs on animal

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

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


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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