Animal Law


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New York to Ban Tiger Selfies

My first thought was, "wow, the human race really is not evolving at all," and then I thought, "you know, it's laws like these that are partly to blame for that." Back in the day, of course, human beings who…


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Lawsuit Alleges Duck Attack

KATU in Portland reports that a woman who says she was attacked by a duck at a trailer park has sued the duck's owner. Plaintiff alleges in part that said duck was a repeat offender. According to the complaint (which…


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Insurers Demand $2 Million for Negligent Squirrel-Torching

Khek Chanthalavong told investigators the blaze started after he had been using a torch on the deck of a unit he shared with Barbara Pellow to burn the fur off a squirrel he'd captured. People, how many times do I…


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South Dakota v. Fifteen Impounded Cats

In this case—now also appearing on the Comical Case Names page—the Supreme Court of South Dakota grappled with legal issues arising from an officer's decision to impound fifteen cats he found roaming around a woman's car. South Dakota v. Fifteen…


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Ape Map

This seems like it might be useful information to have: Even if you live in a blue state, though (and here "blue state" means there's no law against it), you shouldn't own one of our primate cousins. They are beautiful,…


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USDA Requires Magician to Create “Disaster Plan” for His Rabbit

Popehat has a good post today about how it is entirely possible the U.S. is becoming a police state without guidance from a conspiracy of "black-mustache-twirling villains." The road there could be paved mostly with good intentions and rationalizations, although…


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Man’s Inhumanity to Manatees

Not for riding (image: NOAA) As we learned last year when a woman tried to ride one, it is illegal to bother manatees (specifically, “to intentionally or negligently … annoy, molest, harass, or disturb or attempt to molest, harass, or disturb”…


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Has Justin Bieber Abandoned His Monkey? [Updated]

According to Rolling Stone, Justin Bieber's management company has told the shelter currently housing Mally, his 20-week-old capuchin monkey, that Bieber doesn't want the animal and that it should be placed in a zoo. Mally was quarantined by German customs…


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Classifying a Killer Whale for Tax Purposes

That's the title of this short video (1:13) in which Professor Jeff Karlin of Golden Gate University explains that the IRS distinguishes between killer whales and great white sharks, although both are big giant swimming things that could potentially eat…