Date(s) - August 12, 2016
7:30 am - 6:00 pm
WSBA Conference Center
Presented in partnership with the WSBA Animal Law Section
Come to this unique gathering of international animal law practitioners and professors to gain insights into animal law case law and legislative development for 2015-2016. Each delegate will present an overview of their jurisdiction’s animal law highlights of compelling issues.
Don’t miss keynote speaker Ledy VanKavage speaking on the new challenges, strategies, and alliances in the companion animal legislation relative to breed discrimination, community cats, and restrictions on pet stores and puppy mills.
Come network with these national leaders and gain valuable perspectives from each presenter, culminating in a presentation comparing and contrasting positions taken in each jurisdiction, for a complete cross-jurisdictional treatment of animal law. Live Webcast is also available.
Highlights of the issues to be discussed:
Montana: pig wrestling, wolf and coyote hunts, and service animal cases before the Human Rights Bureau.
Arizona: the end of greyhound racing and ordinances banning commercially bred animals.
British Columbia: scienter in dog bite liability, dangerous dog destruction orders, mandatory consideration of best interest of animal in custody disputes, legality of bestiality.
California: current status of foie gras production and sale; ending of captive orca breeding at Sea World; unfair competition law against businesses engaging in animal cruelty.
Colorado: service animal fraud and ag-gag law, the Commerce City police shooting case, admissibility of past animal abuse in later child abuse charge.
Georgia: the Monyak case on valuation; update on breed-specific legislation at state and local governmental levels.
Washington: ram liability, public disclosure law and zoos, liability of National Park Service in failing to kill mountain goat.
Idaho: City of Payette’s vicious dog ordinance deemed unconstitutional; Idaho’s ag-gag law stricken, hunting by drone.
Louisiana: animal shelter registry, “first scratch” rule, equine immunity and thumb amputation.
Indiana: the Liddle case concerning trapping in state parks and unintended canine casualties; whether a shelter is a “victim” under the general restitution statute.
Nevada: statutory cap on damages for harm to a pet; the problem of dangerous dogs not reclaimed by owners; companion animal trusts as vehicle for standing.
Virginia: statutory creation of “private animal shelter,” the Zarate v. PETA case, pet shop litigation.
Florida: “Padi’s Bill,” intrinsic value, black bear hunting.
Illinois: animal abuse registry, due process challenges to dangerous dog proceedings, amendment to Illinois Humane Care for Animals Act.
Michigan: protection of pets in personal protection orders, steps to outlaw the gas chamber, service animals in schools and the Fry v. Napoleon Comm. Sch. case.