2017 Articles

Chairman’s column By David H. Hopkins November 2017 A message from Animal Law Section Chair David Hopkins.
Chair’s column By David H. Hopkins September 2017 A message from Animal Law Section Chair David Hopkins.
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Chicago ordinance limiting the sale of cruelly raised animals upheld by the Seventh Circuit By Bruce Wagman & Molly L. Wiltshire November 2017 The Seventh Circuit decision marks a victory for the important principle that local governments have the right to enact animal protective legislation focusing on issues identified within the specific municipality.
Community cats receive support from the American Bar Association By Richard Angelo September 2017 At the annual ABA Meeting in August, the ABA House of Delegates endorsed trap-neuter-vaccinate-return programs for free-roaming cats.
Herding cats (The Illinois Feral Cat Task Force) By Ledy VanKavage April 2017 The recently created Feral Cat Task Force Resolution was charged with making recommendations for changes that would result in the effective management of feral and community cats, preserve wildlife, improve cat welfare, maintain property rights, and enhance public health.
Highlights from the 8th Annual Animal Law Conference By Anna Morrison-Ricordati April 2017 Did you miss last month's Conference in Chicago? Here's what happened...
Letter from the Chair By Ledy VanKavage April 2017 A message from Animal Law Section Chair Ledy VanKavage.
“Property plus” – A new well-being standard for the family pet in marriage dissolution proceedings By Alicia Hill Ruiz November 2017 On January 1, 2018, Illinois begins its work as the first state to mandate that in any allocation of a marital asset companion animal under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (“IMDMA”), the court “...shall take into consideration the well-being of the companion animal.”