Posts by category: Law

ISAR’s Model Spay/Neuter Tax Deduction Statute
October 5, 2009

About a decade ago, again ahead of the curve, ISAR came up with the suggestion that Congress amend the Internal Revenue Code to provide a tax deduction for the cost of spay/neuter. (A copy of ISAR’s Model Statute can be found HERE.) In the introduction to ISAR’s Model Statute we set forth the policy reasons for the deduction, and argued… Read More

International Society for Animal Rights Skype Presentation
September 23, 2009

  “Unpublished insights into United States v. Stevens“ Presented by Professor Henry Mark Holzer Chairman, International Society for Animal Rights   Supporters of ISAR know that we’ve filed an amicus curiae brief in the United States Supreme Court in the First Amendment/Animal Rights case of United States v. Stevens (see ISAR’s Amicus Curiae Brief Has Been Filed In The Supreme Court, ISAR Amicus Curiae Brief in U.S…. Read More

Veterinarians Are Running Scared
August 10, 2009

In ISAR’s monograph Harming Companion Animals: Liability and Damages we make the categorical statement that “Even though most of the harm to companion animals results from veterinary malpractice [obviously we were not talking about breeders], Harming Companion Animals should not be taken as a criticism (let alone a condemnation) of all veterinarians. On the contrary. Although among the thousands and… Read More

ISAR Seeks Twenty-First Century “Coast Watchers”
August 3, 2009

During World War II, courageous Australians, American guerillas, and indigenous inhabitants of enemy-occupied South Pacific islands provided essential intelligence about the Japanese to General MacArthur’s forces as they fought their way across the ocean en route to the Philippines. They were the Twentieth Century “coast watchers.” In order to launch an ambitious amicus curiae program (see ISAR’s Amicus Curiae Program),… Read More

Animals In Court
July 30, 2009

We have often written about the importance of the legal system to the fight for animal rights (ISAR’s Amicus Curiae Brief Has Been Filed In The Supreme Court, ISAR Amicus Curiae Brief in U.S. v. Stevens, ISAR In The Supreme Court Of The United States, Free Speech and Cruelty to Animals), and most recently about the case of United States… Read More

ISAR’s Amicus Curiae Brief Has Been Filed In The Supreme Court
June 14, 2009

After weeks of legal and other research by ISAR’s chairman, Professor Henry Mark Holzer, and Lance Gotko, Esq., of the New York law firm Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman, ISAR’s friend-of-the-court brief in United States v. Stevens has been filed in the Supreme Court of the United States. The Supreme Court agreed to review the Stevens case because a lower… Read More

ISAR Amicus Curiae Brief in U.S. v. Stevens
June 3, 2009

ISAR’s chairman, Professor Henry Mark Holzer, together with attorney Lance Gotko of the New York City law firm Friedman Kaplan Siler & Adelman, have just completed ISAR’s friend-of-the-court brief in United States v. Stevens — the case in which a lower federal appeals court held unconstitutional the federal statute criminalizing the making, selling or possessing depictions of “crush videos” and… Read More

Great Success for Animal Legal Defense Fund . . . and Hundreds of Dogs
May 19, 2009

ISAR’s friend, Joyce Tishler, lawyer and founder of Animal Legal Defense Fund, has an email out, which we’ll let speak for itself: I’m happy to share with you that the story of Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Woodley has been reported on with great care as a big feature story in the June issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. It’s… Read More

Another Milestone For Animal Rights Law
May 9, 2009

Veterans of the animal rights legal movement believe that it began back in 1972 when ISAR’s chairman, Professor Henry Mark Holzer, brought a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the ritual slaughter exemption to the federal Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act of 1958, and expressly invoking the moral/legal concept of “animal rights”–as a result of which some graciously consider… Read More

ISAR In The Supreme Court Of The United States
April 22, 2009

In our blog of January 12, 2009, entitled “Free Speech and Cruelty to Animals” we wrote of an important case heading for the Supreme Court, United States v. Stevens. The Stevens case involves a 1999 federal statute which made it a crime to “create, sell, or possess” depictions of illegal cruelty to animals, especially so-called “crush videos” (the nature of… Read More

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