Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Hello everyone!  You probably will have noticed that the updates here are getting fewer and farther between.  I intend to keep this personal blog and its associated Facebook page, but I'd encourage you all to check out The Florida Bar's Animal Law Committee Facebook page, which is frequently updated with interesting animal law related material from around the state.  You can check it out here:

Friday, November 14, 2014

The November 2014 Florida Bar Journal is a special issue dedicated to Animal Law.  It features articles on the state of animal law in Florida, Pet Trusts, Equine Lien Laws, an Integrated Animal Court Proposal, the law on dog bites, and civil and criminal prosecution of animal abuse.  

The cover features a dog from the Second Judicial Circuit's therapy dog program.  For more information about the use of therapy animals in courts, see Florida Courthouse Therapy Dogs, http://www.flcourtdogs.com

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.

Read more:

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.