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Committee on Animal Law

The Animal Law Committee is the nation’s first bar association animal law committee. It regularly addresses legal, regulatory and policy issues on a local, state and national level affecting non-human animals, both wild and domestic.  At the NYC level, the Animal Law Committee has taken positions on issues such as horse-drawn carriages, pets in housing, anti-tethering of dogs and use of wild and exotic animals in entertainment.  At the state level, the Animal Law Committee has taken positions over the years on  many issues such as animal cruelty, concentrated farming operations and confinement of animals, canned hunting, force feeding of animals for foie gras production, electrocution of fur-bearing animals, tail docking, devocalization of companion animals, and required fire safety for animals kept by pet dealers.  At the federal level, the Committee takes positions on matters governed by statute (e.g., the Animal Welfare Act (treatment of animals in research, exhibition, transport, and by dealers), the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, the Endangered Species Act) and on bills relating to animal health, welfare and safety (e.g., horse slaughter, sanctuary for primates used in experimentation, non-therapeutic use of antibiotics on animals).  Memos are regularly submitted to incoming administrations in Albany and Washington, DC.

Recent Reports

Report on A.9487/S.7290 regarding funding of trap-neuter-return (“TNR”) programs for feral cats (August 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Feral cats

Report on A.8824-A, S.7040, and S.7194 which would prohibit the sale, purchase, trade, barter and distribution ivory articles, subject to certain exceptions (June 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Wildlife, including Hunting, Wildlife Management, and Endangered Species

Report on A.524/S.712 which would require signage to be posted around public locations where hunting, fishing or trapping may be occurring (June 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Wildlife, including Hunting, Wildlife Management, and Endangered Species

For the full list of committee reports click here

Legislative Activity

For more information on the legislative and policy work of the committee, including relevant reports, bill texts and additional advocacy materials, click here.

Of Interest

Link Between Animal Cruelty and Family Violence: A PowerPoint

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Policy Recommendations for New York City's Next Mayor

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