This article provides an overview of animal-related legislation from 2002.
REVIEW EDITOR’S NOTE
The fifth annual edition of Animal Law ’s Legislative Review addresses the passage and defeat of a broad spectrum of federal legislative action in 2002, as well as highlights several proposals that would afford animals greater legal protections in life, as well as in death. This volume does not address state legislation, opting instead to include the Report from the Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Regarding Its Recommendation to Amend the Animal Welfare Act. This report provides thoughtful insight into the history and the future of concerned individuals’ efforts to obtain and enforce laws protecting animals from abuse.
In addition, Mr. Ryan Sudbury reports on major pieces of federal legislation, including an update and additions to the Farm Security Act addressed in Volume 8 and enacted in 2002; the Captive Exotic Animal Protection Act, which seeks to place limits on the canned hunt industry; the Captive Wildlife Safety Act, which would ban the interstate movement of exotic animals used as pets; the Preservation of Antibiotics for Human Treatment Act, which seeks to eliminate antibiotics use in healthy farm animals; and the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, which would prohibit the slaughter and trade of live horses intended for human consumption.
I congratulate promoters of animal welfare on the strides taken to recognize animals as sentient beings worthy of protection, and applaud their efforts to end the atrocities animals continue to face at the hands of medical researchers, slaughter houses, and individual citizens. I hope this section is useful in monitoring the legal relationship between humans and nonhumans. Animal Law Review welcomes all suggestions for the publication of future legislative reviews.
Legislative Review Editor