Publications

Section Newsletter Articles on Animal Law

Fiscal bite & breed discrimination: Utilizing scientific advances & economic tools in lobbying, Part I By Ledy VanKavage and John Dunham Animal Law, June 2010 The majority of breed-discriminatory laws result from high-profile dog bites or attacks.
Free speech trumps animal cruelty: First Amendment protection of “crush videos” in United States v. Stevens By Angela Donohoo Animal Law, June 2010 The U.S. Supreme Court determined that “[a] law may be invalidated as overbroad if a substantial number of its applications are unconstitutional, judged in relation to the statute’s plainly legitimate sweep.”
Home Rule and TNR (Trap, Neuter & Return) By Anna E. Morrison-Ricordati Animal Law, June 2010 A brief explanation of the state, county and local laws applicable to the management of feral cat colonies.
The Illinois Pet Trust Act By Melissa Anne Maye Animal Law, January 2010 Some individuals are so attached to their companion animals that they wish to provide for their care and well-being, even after the owners have died. 
Innkeepers Lien Act and a boarder’s bankruptcy By Laura McFarland-Taylor Animal Law, January 2010 An interesting question came up on a listserv I belong to: whether or not a trustee in a boarder’s Arizona bankruptcy case could void that state’s agister’s lien in favor of the boarding barn and sell the boarder’s horses to satisfy the bankruptcy estate debts.
Take the house but the dog is mine: Anecdotal “tails” about pet custody issues in divorce By Angela Peters Family Law, December 2009 PART TWO OF TWO PARTS (PART ONE APPEARED IN THE NOVEMBER 2009 NEWSLETTER)
Take the house but the dog is mine: Anecdotal ‘tails’ about pet custody issues in divorce By Angela Peters Family Law, November 2009 The first of a two-part series discussing pet custody issues.
Humane care for animals in Illinois By Claire A. Manning and Michael Massie Agricultural Law, April 2009 A counter-view to the article, “Vote For Humane Farming and Nobody Gets (as) Hurt,” published in the May 2008 edition of the ISBA’s Ag Law Section newsletter.
When animal owners attack: Veterinary malpractice in Illinois By Christopher R. Minelli Tort Law, November 2008 Although many attorneys are knowledgeable with medical and legal malpractice, few are familiar with veterinary malpractice. This article will explain the details and why it might become more common in the future.
Vote for humane farming and nobody gets (as) hurt By Amy A. Breyer Agricultural Law, May 2008 no federal law protects animals from cruelty during their lives on the farm, and most state cruelty laws exempt “customary” practices anyway, such as debeaking or use of gestation crates and battery cages, no matter how cruel those practices are from a commonsense standpoint.
Legislative update: Ten new Public Acts that affect general practice By J.A. Sebastian General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, November 2007 The following is a summary of recent legislative action of interest to members of the ISBA General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm Section.
Drafting ideas for pet care By Paul A. Meints Family Law, November 2002 To many of your clients, pets are an important part of life. The level of emotional involvement (generally directly proportional to the amount of money the client is willing to spend on the pet's care) tends to vary from client to client.
Drafting ideas for pet care By Paul A. Meints Traffic Laws and Courts, September 2002 To many of your clients, pets are an important part of life.