Animal Law


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New York Man Violates Two Rooster Laws at Once

According to this Associated Press article, it is illegal to possess a live rooster in New York City.  That’s good to know.  Also illegal: biting off its head. Even if you have a good reason, as Humberto Rodriguez said he…


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Angry Parrot Leads Police to Thief

Police in southwestern England were able to track down a bird thief (apparently at the top of their to-do list these days) after the parrot he stole managed to leave them a vital clue. Tristand Maidment stole Mickey the Macaw…


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Criminal Cat Spared, Gets Home Detention

Lewis the Cat, who has terrorized her neighborhood in Fairfield, Connecticut, was granted a stay of execution and placed on probation. Link: CNN.com


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Feud A’brewin Over Appalachian Pet Ownership

The Collins family of Melvin, Kentucky (that’s Floyd County) loves Kitty and ain’t a-gonna give him up.  "He’s not bothering nobody," says Barry Collins.  But the Hall family does not like Kitty.  "I think [Kitty] needs to be in a…


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DNA Links Dog to Cat Murder

Marylin Christian found her cat Cody dead in her front yard last summer, apparently the victim of an attack by another animal.  She suspected her neighbors’ dog, Lucky, but officials investigating the murder were unable to make a case because…


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PETA Staffer Changes Name to “Kentucky Fried Cruelty”

The youth-outreach coordinator for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, formerly known as "Chris Garnett," has legally changed his name to "KentuckyFriedCruelty.com" to further PETA's protest against Kentucky Fried Chicken for alleged chicken abuse. "People don't believe me at…


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Where Not to Flee After Robbing Someone, #174

Into the tiger den at the zoo. Officials at this particular zoo, in Bloemfontein, South Africa, have said the Bengal tigers in question "will not be destroyed because they were blameless." AP via SFGate.com


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Police Dog Sued

Andi, a police dog who works for the sheriff’s department in Athens, Ohio, has been named in a lawsuit by an alleged drug dealer who was convicted based in part on a search conducted by Andi.  The AP report did…