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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? ...

Are Horses Attractive Nuisances?

A reader commenting on last week’s blog about giving horses the benefit of the "one free bite" rule mentioned attractive nuisance laws as the other side of the coin, a way to impose liability for injuries to careless children. "Attractive nuisance" sounds like a contradiction in terms. How can something that’s attractive, like a painting or a sunset also be a nuisance? And what does it have to do with...

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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.