Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Animal Shelter & Rescue Law Symposium

Mark your calendars for October 13 if you are interested in learning more about the laws that apply to animal shelters and non-profit animal rescues.  The ABA's Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section's Animal Law Committee Committee is holding a symposium at the Hyatt Regency in Jacksonville.  The conference features a number of talented speakers who will cover a wide range of topics including:


  • Liability Issues Related to Sheltering, Rescuing, and Adopting Animals
  • Managing Donations and Estate Planning Issues
  • Employment and Labor Law Considerations
  • Dog Breed Identification: Visual v. DNA
  • Duties and Responsibilities of Members of the Board of Directors of a Shelter or Rescue
  • Lobbying for Non-Profits
General Admission is only $50 and lawyers wanting CLE credit can attend and receive credit for $100. 

Check out the agenda, brochure, and registration information here.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, August 26, 2013

More support for greyhound race decoupling

Florida Today cites to the growing coalition of track owners and animal activists that support greyhound race decoupling.  The article notes that the number of races continues to fall.  The fall in races matches the decline in interest and revenues in racing.  The Legislature is expected to examine decoupling during next year's legislative session.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Study: dolphins may have unique names for each other


A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports on research demonstrating that bottlenose dolphins may identify each other with unique signature whistles.  A number of news outlets (see below) have reported on the study noting that it is yet another example of dolphins' sophisticated and complicated use of vocalizations to speak to one another.  Of course, this is no surprise to anyone who has read So Long and Thanks for all the Fish.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Greyhound racing called a "dying sport' in report to Legislature

The Jacksonville Times Union has an article on a gaming new report to the Florida Legislature that reflects on the decline in interest in greyhound racing.  A copy of the July 1st report by the Spectrum Gaming Group is available as a pdf download at the Florida House of Representatives' website.  While the report covers gaming broadly, the portion devoted to greyhound racing (starting on page 83) contains quotes from several track operators about the losses associated with racing, which are made up for by the other gaming that tracks are allowed to provide if they continue running the races.  From the report:
It is a dying sport,” said Michael Glenn, general manager of the Palm Beach Kennel Club, one of the country’s premiere greyhound tracks. “Decoupling (removing the requirement for minimum performances) will help us in the short run as we would run fewer races which, in turn, will lower our operating costs. Our simulcast revenue will also increase, but there just are not enough folks out there to come to the track and wager on these races. There is not any interest.” PBKC would shut down the dog track if it could, Glenn said.

Jamie Shelton, CFO of Jacksonville Greyhound Racing, agrees with Glenn. He said that no matter what efforts are made to prop up the sport, interest is not there. “We can see it by our live handle. The older folks are not being replaced,” he said. “There are just too many other things to do out there today. Watching a greyhound race is not at the top of most people’s agenda.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Follow FAL on Twitter

I've finally joined the new decade and have a twitter account for Florida Animal Law.  I'll be cross-posting some, but I've also set up a twitter widget on the right side of the page that will have all the latest tweets. 



National Institute of Health to retire most chimps used in research

WUSF reports on the decision by NIH to retire most chimpanzees used in research.  This follows moves last month by US FWS to characterize chimps used in research as endangered.