Category: Local and State Legislation

Animal Cruelty Laws Don’t Depend on Animal Rights

New York Times – Vigorous prosecution of animal cruelty is appropriate, but not based on animal rights. All members of nonhuman animal species are incapable of significant moral responsibilities, and thus affording them “rights” just doesn’t fit. Rather than focusing…

City Council Wavers on de Blasio’s Horse-Carriage Ban

Wall Street Journal – Support for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to ban horse-drawn carriages appears to be fizzling in the City Council, making the future of his campaign promise uncertain. Councilman Rafael Espinal, chairman of the…

Missouri’s ‘Right to Farm’ passes…barely

Dairy Herd Management In a narrow margin, Missouri voters passed Amendment 1, a proposed constitutional amendment creating a right to farm. According to the Associated Press, the amendment had 498,751 votes for it and 496,223 against it with all precincts…

Legislation would Protect N.Y. Carriage Horse Industry

The Horse New York’s horse drawn carriage industry would be protected from elimination under a new bill introduced into that state’s legislature last week. In May 2013, Allie Feldman, executive director of the nonprofit New Yorkers for Clean, Livable, and…

Ketchum to Consider Ban on Shows with Exotic Animals

The Ketchum Keystone The Ketchum City Council at a regular meeting on Monday, April 21, will consider adopting a law that would ban performances involving exotic animal, especially by shows such as traveling circuses, in the city. “Five Sage School students will…

How they killed the Seaworld bill

San Diego Union Tribune SACRAMENTO — SeaWorld won the day with a potent mix of persuasive reasoning and hardball politics. The San Diego marine park was facing state legislation that some believed could ruin its business by putting a halt…