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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Animals

Comparative fault principles apply under the Illinois Domestic Animals Running at Large Act; entry of additur is appropriate where the jury’s verdict is legally inconsistent and inadequate because of failure to consider a specific item. June 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 292 On March 2, 2004, the Fifth District Appellate Court affirmed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Jasper County, entering an additur for the plaintiff's claimed medical expenses and affirmed the jury verdict for plaintiff motorist. 
Trusts for Domestic Animals are Valid; P.A. 93-0668 June 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 292 Effective January 1, 2005, the Illinois Trust and Trustees Act will acknowledge the validity of a trust for the care of one or more designated domestic or pet animals.
Rules adopted to prevent spread of chronic wasting disease March 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 On December 27, 2002, the Department of Natural Resources (department) adopted amendments adding new sections to its rules regulating wildlife conservation measures and practices and the spreading of disease. 17 Ill Adm Code 635.
Legislation creates offense of sexual conduct or sexual contact with animal and increases potential sentence for defendants who commit criminal offense of aggravated criminal sexual assault with dangerous weapon P.A. 92-0721 February 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 62 On July 25, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 4926, which amends the Criminal Code of 1961 to do two separate things.
Department of Natural Resources takes steps to prevent disease from spreading throughout Illinois deer population October 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 512 On July 30, 2002, the Department of Natural Resources (department) adopted emergency amendments to section 635 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 17 Ill Adm Code 635.
Legislation bans creating, selling, marketing, or possessing a depiction of animal cruelty P. A. 92-0776 October 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 512 On August 6, 2002, Gov. Ryan signed House Bill 5625, which amends the Humane Care for Animals Act by providing that no person may knowingly create, sell, market, offer to market or sell, or possess a depiction of animal cruelty.
Legislation creates the Companion Animal Cremation Act P.A. 92-028 July 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 344 In August of 2001, Gov. George H. Ryan signed legislation regulating pet cremation.
Legislation creates the criminal offense of dogfighting P.A. 92-0425 June 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 288 Gov. Ryan signed into law House Bill 2440 on August 17, 2001, which amended the Humane Care for Animals Act and Criminal Code of 1961.
Legislation helps state and local authorities protect animals from abuse; P.A. 92-454 January 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 In August, Gov. Ryan approved legislation that will aid state and local officials in the fight against animal abuse.
Incidental taking of endangered or threatened species October 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 516 On July 17, 2001, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (department) adopted a new part to section 1080 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 17 Ill Adm Code 1080.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath September 2001 Column, Page 450 Two years and time's up for legal malpractice; nightshift-assignment doesn't constitute sex discrimination; and more.
Pet hoarders would be treated as mentally ill under proposed legislation; H.B. 0599 May 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 230 The Illinois House Agriculture Committee unanimously approved a bill intended to reduce incidents of "animal hoarding" in the state.
Animal cruelty now a felony in Illinois; P.A. 91-351 December 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 636 Until recently, torturing animals was only a misdemeanor in Illinois. However, individuals who intentionally torture animals will now face up to three years in prison and will be forced to undergo psychological and psychiatric evaluations for a first offense.
Updated List of Illinois Endangered and Threatened Fauna July 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 351 On April 26, 1999, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources adopted amendments to section 1010.30 of the Illinois Administrative Code updating the list of endangered and threatened fauna in Illinois by adding new species to the list and removing those no longer endangered or threatened. 17 Ill Adm Code 1010.