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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

Comments on a proposal to include the killer whale “Lolita” as a protected member of the endangered Southern Resident killer whale Distinct Population Segment under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (March 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Wildlife, including Hunting, Wildlife Management, and Endangered Species

Report on A.8790/S.6589 which would impose a two-year moratorium on the implementation of the Proposed Management Plan for Mute Swans in New York State (March 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Wildlife, including Hunting, Wildlife Management, and Endangered Species

Letter to the US Department of Agriculture concerning commercial bull-running events “The Great Bull Run” in the United States (March 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Animals in Entertainment/Exhibition

Letter to the US Department of Agriculture regarding promulgating standards for captive bears under the Animal Welfare Act Regulations (January 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Animals in Entertainment/Exhibition

Testimony before NYS Senator Avella’s Public Forum on Animal Protection Issues (January 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Letters to Government Officials on Various Animal Protection Issues

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

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Policy Recommendations for New York City's Next Mayor
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