Horses and the Law

November 2011 - Posts

Sentimental Journey, Part 2

Allowing an owner to recover damages for the sentimental value of an animal harmed by someone's negligence is the first step down a slippery slope leading to reduced access to affordable veterinary care, according to opponents of non-economic awards. ... Read More

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Sentimental Journey

The American Veterinary Medical Association touts the value of the human-animal bond while opposing monetary awards in a lawsuit for the sentimental value of an animal harmed by someone's negligence. Would allowing non-economic damages cause more harm than good? ... Read More

Do Your Duty

Vets who suspect animal abuse or neglect are required to report their suspicions in some states, allowed to make reports in others, and prohibited from doing so under most circumstances in Kentucky. It's a loophole in the law that should be closed. ... Read More

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When Foals Attack

Can "normal" behavior by a foal be the basis for a successful personal injury lawsuit? An appellate court in New York said "no." ... Read More

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A Whale Tale

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals argues that whales in captivity are slaves under the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. If they're right, where does that leave horses and other animals? ... Read More

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Equine lawyers don’t sue horses—but what, exactly, do they do? And why does it matter? Horses and the Law brings you an in-depth look at the important legal issues affecting horse owners and exhibitors today, including liability, sales and bloodstock agents, contracts and other business concerns, taxes, the animal rights vs. animal welfare debate, and legislation. If you agree with something, or even if you don’t, feel free to comment. Just keep it tasteful. And remember that Horses and the Law does not—and cannot—address your specific legal problems, and is not a source of legal advice. For that, you should contact your own attorney.