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Articles on Animals

Adjusted penalty for misuse of horse medication on race day

March
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 116
The Illinois Racing Board recently amended 11 Ill Adm Code 603, effective December 1, 2004. 

New documentation requirements under the Animal Welfare Act

December
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 620
The Illinois Department of Agriculture recently adopted 8 Ill Adm Code 25. These changes became effective on October 1, 2004. 

Horse racing and breeding rules amended to provide for foals produced by embryo transplants

October
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 514
The Illinois Department of Agriculture recently adopted amendments to 8 Ill Adm Code 290. These changes took effect on July 23, 2004. 

Posthumous pet protection provisions

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2004
LawPulse
Page 390
A new statute validates trusts for the benefit of pets, but what provisions should pet trusts include? Here are suggestions.

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.

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