Posts by category: Law

April 16, 2009

It has recently been reported that California state assemblyman Cameron Smyth is sponsoring Assembly Bill 233, which would give a $100.00 tax deduction to those who adopt a pet from a government run animal shelter. Nearly ten years ago ISAR drafted its “Model Spay/Neuter Tax Deduction Statute.” We said then that recent Congressional action on the tax code, and revelations… Read More

Free Speech and Cruelty to Animals
January 12, 2009

It has been said that the enshrinement of free speech and press in the First Amendment gives those civil liberties a “preferred position” in the constitutional pantheon because they make possible all other rights of Americans. Although the “preferred position” notion has never commanded a majority decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, still, First Amendment rights have… Read More

Websites Providing Information About Animal Law
July 24, 2008

As a service to the animal law legal community, for general informational purposes, and to demonstrate how much animal law has permeated the American legal culture, ISAR is pleased to provide the names of organizations whose websites provide useful information about that subject. American Bar Association, Blawg Directory: Animal Law Lists the most popular Animal Law Blogs, based on… Read More

“Harming Companion Animals: Liability and Damages”
May 7, 2008

Last March, this Blog made brief mention of a monograph that ISAR has prepared for complimentary distribution, Harming Companion Animals: Liability and Damages. Because of the importance of the subject, we’re going to expand on that mention today. Too often, especially with the advent of the Internet, advice is sought from ISAR by the custodians of companion animals about harm… Read More

Suing on Behalf of Animals: New Case
March 14, 2008

For many years ISAR has received requests for information about how concerned individuals and humane societies can bring legal action against local animal shelters that are not being run properly. Unfortunately, there are many ways in which shelters can be derelict in their statutory, humane and moral responsibilities to the unfortunate dogs and cats that come into their custody. As… Read More

Capitol Hill’s Animal Friends
March 12, 2008

One of the lesser known positive stories about activities on Capitol Hill is the interest of some Representatives in the welfare of animals. Spurred by the efforts of Rep. Christopher Shays (CT) and the late Rep. Tom Lantos (CA) The Congressional Friends of Animals Caucus is at the leading edge of pro-animal legislation in the United States Congress. According to… Read More

ISAR as Friend-of-the Court
March 8, 2008

ISAR’s FRIEND-OF-THE-COURT (AMICUS CURIAE) PROGRAM   ISAR has long used the legal system in behalf of animal rights.We sued the United States government to stop the slaughter of millions of blackbirds. We sued to compel the slaughterers of livestock animals to comply with the federal Humane Slaughter Act, and to close a glaring unconstitutional loophole. ISAR’s chairman and general counsel,… Read More

Harming Companion Animals

Too often, especially with the advent of the Internet, advice is sought from ISAR by custodians of companion animals about harm done to them by veterinarians through misdiagnosis, prescribing the wrong medicine, operating unnecessarily or not when they should, and committing every other kind of malpractice imaginable. We also receive heartbreaking reports of intentional acts of cruelty perpetrated against companion… Read More

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