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Entertainment Watchdog

The American Humane Association has been monitoring motion picture and television productions for 70 years to protect the animal welfare. The collaboration is an example of succesful self-regulation, but does the voluntary monitoring go far enough?...

A Run Of Bad Luck

The HBO series "Luck" was canceled after a third horse died. Were there violations of California's animal welfare laws during the production of the series?...

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State Of The States

Illinois has the best animal protection laws in the country, according to the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Kentucky has the worst. Where does your state rank? ...

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. ...

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Eyes Wide Open

The current legal status of horses as the personal property of their owners is at odds with the animal rights movement. ...

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We’re Back!

Horses and the Law is back with a new emphasis on opinion and commentary regarding legal issues affecting the equine community....

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A House Divided

Sometimes overlooked in the debate about horse slaughter for human consumption is whether the special cultural status enjoyed by horses in the United States should translate into enhanced legal protection....

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Not In My Backyard

Ending the slaughter of horses in the United States has had little impact on the total number of horses slaughtered in North America, according to numbers from the Government Accounting Office....

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Undercover No More

It’s difficult to gauge the effectiveness of clandestine videos and photographs when it comes to curbing abuse of animals at vast factory farms and at slaughter facilities, and as with most questions, the answer depends on who you ask. Animal welfare advocates use the images as proof of what they say are systemic problems; industry supporters claim that the whistle-blowers are picking on an unrepresentatively...

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Who’s The Victim Here?

Animals are not people (although as I write this, our Dalmatian is lounging on the sofa, apparently engrossed in a golf tournament). But does this distinction mean that animals cannot be victims in a prosecution for animal neglect? Two years ago, the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon executed a search warrant in response to an animal abuse/neglect complaint. Deputies seized 69 animals, including...

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About This Blog

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.