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  • May 1, 2010

    Humane Law Forum: "Do Not Adopt"? More Like "Do Not Forward"

    Animal welfare advocates and shelter staff may have the best of intentions when they forward an e-mailed "DNA" (Do Not Adopt) recommendation. But doing so can test the limits of free speech and even stray into illegality, possibly leading to claims of defamation, libel, or slander.

  • May 1, 2010

    Trotting on Empty

    To some, horse-drawn carriage rides are a New York City tradition, an enjoyable way to experience the beauty of Central Park or the bustle of Times Square. Others, though, are decrying the horses' "nose-to-tailpipe" existence and calling for the business to be discontinued.

  • January 1, 2010

    Humane Law Forum: Discrimination at the Adoption Counter

    An attorney who specializes in animal law tackles the issue of discrimination, explaining how to make sure your adoption decisions don't leave your organization vulnerable to legal threats.

  • September 1, 2009

    Field Trip: United Against Puppy Mills

    Just four years after its inception, United Against Puppy Mills, a group that focuses on public awareness, legislation, and zoning, has had a significant impact on the lives of dogs in Pennsylvania.

  • March 1, 2009

    Katrina's Silver Lining

    Before the storm, animal welfare advocates were often left out of state and federal disaster planning. But the devastation left behind by Hurricane Katrina made the link between saving animals' lives and saving humans' all too clear.

  • January 1, 2009

    An Update on the Asilomar Accords

    More than four years ago animal welfare leaders from around the country drafted the Asilomar Accords, a set of guiding principles, shared definitions, and formulas for tracking live release rates from shelters. Read the Accords and learn more about how they can benefit your animals and your shelter.

  • January 1, 2009

    Q & A: Calling in the Cavalry

    Jill Lancon, director of Marion County Animal Services in Florida, describes the rescue of 126 horses, full size and miniature, in an unusual hoarding case.

  • January 1, 2009

    The End of the Chain?

    Despite the dangers and humane concerns posed by persistent dog chaining, the practice of tethering dogs around the clock is not disappearing overnight. Learn how the problem is being addressed around the country, and what you can do to help your community pass more progressive laws.

  • November 1, 2008

    Still Not Making the Grade

    The decades-old battle continues against Class B dealers, the for-profit middlemen who sell shelter animals to research'and are notorious for treating them inhumanely.

  • May 1, 2008

    Off Leash: Lions and Tigers and Cars, Oh My!

    Lambert the lion surprised motorists on Ohio's Route 23 last fall after breaking out of his cage. Another zoo refugee? Not exactly. Ohio and a handful of other states allow private citizens to keep the big cats.

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