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Newsletter articles from 2011

The burden and benefit of targeting irresponsible companion animal breeders By Anna E. Morrison-Ricordati April 2011 Unfortunately for consumers, breeder standards vary and licensing/regulation is not required of all breeders.
Comments from the (outgoing) Chair By Anna E. Morrison-Ricordati June 2011 A message from the outgoing chair, Anna Morrison-Ricordati.
Editor’s corner By Melissa Anne Maye September 2011 An introduction to the issue from Editor Melissa Maye.
Editor’s corner By Melissa Anne Maye April 2011 Join the Animal Law Section discussion group, and sign up for the Third Annual Animal Law Conference scheduled for June 10, 2011!
Federalism and animal welfare: Court upholds California animal welfare rules By Nicholas R. Johnson and A. Bryan Endres April 2011 A look at the repercussions of National Meat Association v. Brown.
“Give Me Shelter”—An overview of legal issues facing public and private animal shelters, Part II By Jane McBride April 2011 Part two in this overview of the risks and responsibilities involved in serving as a shelter legal advisor.
“Give Me Shelter”—An overview of legal issues facing public and private animal shelters, Part III By Jane McBride June 2011 The third part in this overview of the risks and responsibilities involved in serving as a shelter legal advisor.
Homecoming heroes: Adopting retired military dogs By Jane McBride June 2011 The November 6, 2000 enactment of legislation known as Robby’s Law, Public Law 106-446, made the adoption of military working dogs (“MWDs”) possible.
A judicial perspective on the welfare of pets in dissolution cases By Hon. Edward R. Jordan September 2011 Judge Edward R. Jordan argues that careful application of current law in dissolution cases "is more than sufficient to guarantee fundamental fairness for a pet and its guardians."
Keep (the standards) climbing . . . By Anna E. Morrison-Ricordati April 2011 The standards for animal safety on airplanes need to improve.
Protecting pets under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act By David H. Hopkins September 2011 In all-too-many cases in which victims of domestic violence would be well-advised to flee to a shelter, paralysis sets in, primarily attributable to fear as to what might happen to the family pet if it is “left behind.”
Spring legislative round-up By Amy A. Breyer June 2011 Highlights of the animal law bills that came before the Illinois Legislature this spring.
Take the home, the frying pans and all else, but Fido is mine! By Angela Peters September 2011 What guidance can the court employ to determine a proper value when the pet was purchased from a shelter, has been a family companion, and there are sentimental considerations from each member of the family?
The valuation of companion animals: Neither cattle nor chattel By Steven J. Winger September 2011 The legal system has traditionally treated companion animals as ordinary personal property with little value, and the majority of courts remain reluctant to acknowledge the special value that pets have for their owners. 
Why it is appropriate for the New Jersey decisional law rationale to the ‘welfare of pets in dissolution cases’ to be adopted by Illinois courts? By Shannon Burke September 2011 The rationale in Houseman v. Dare—that courts are already sufficiently equipped to address ownership and possession of pets—is equally applicable in Illinois.