Animal Law

UPDATE: Rooster Killer Gets Probation

As I reported last year, Humberto Rodriguez was arrested in Manhattan and charged with animal cruelty for biting the head off his pet rooster, even though Rodriguez explained that he was only retaliating for the rooster’s unprovoked attack on his…



UPDATE: Defendants Cleared of Ostrich-Impotency Charges

Three teenagers in Bautzen, Germany, will have to pay less than $200 in costs after a court ruled that the ostrich farmer who sued them could not prove that they had caused his prize breeding ostrich, Gustav, to become impotent….


Class Members Sought for Anti-Shark Litigation

This helpful update appeared in today’s "Legal Headlines" email from FindLaw: PERSONAL INJURY Boy, 12, Bitten By Shark Off Fla. Coast Well, that is a "personal injury," no doubt about it.  I’m just not sure what the legal ramifications are,…



Ostrich Murderer Walks Away With Five-Month Sentence

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on March 29 that a man who murdered an ostrich late last year had been released from jail after serving only a five-month sentence for animal abuse. This despite the fact that it was a…