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A SHORT HISTORY OF (MOSTLY) WESTERN ANIMAL LAW: PART II
A Public Policy Toward the Management of Feral Cats


This paper examines the current wildlife laws, both federal and state, to determine what laws may apply to managing the feral cat population. It begins with a determination of how domestic cats are classified under these laws. Since many laws are vague, the intent of the legislatures is investigated to determine if domestic cats were meant to be defined as a non-indigenous species. The focus then shifts to indicate ways to control the feral domestic cat population.

A Brief History of Animal Law, Part II (1985 – 2011)
907 Whitehead Street, Inc. v. Secretary of U.S. Dept. of Agriculture


The appellant in this case, the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, Florida ("Museum"), appeals the lower court's determination that it is an animal exhibitor for purposes of the Animal Welfare Act ("AWA"). Appellant contends that while admission is charged for the Museum, it does not exhibit the Hemingway cats to the public for compensation; thus, the cats are not distributed through interstate commerce. The court, however, found that since the AWA itself is ambiguous on the question of whether "distribution" includes the fixed-site commercial display of animals, the USDA's broader interpretation of "distribution" and "exhibitor" are entitled to legal deference. While the court sympathized with the museum's frustrations, it affirmed the district court's findings of law and held that Museum is an AWA animal exhibitor subject to USDA regulation

32 Pit Bulldogs and Other Property v. County of Prentiss
While a criminal trial regarding alleged dog-fighting was pending, the Circuit Court, Prentiss County, ordered the humane euthanization of 18 of 34 seized pit bulldogs. The alleged dog owner appealed. The Supreme Court held that allegations the dogs had been trained to fight, could not be rehabilitated as pets, and posed serious threat to other animals and people, related to the "physical condition" of the dogs, as statutory basis for humane euthanization. Affirmed.


2013 STATE LEGISLATIVE REVIEW
2013 FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE REVIEW
2012 STATE LEGISLATIVE REVIEW
2012 FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE REVIEW
2011 LEGISLATIVE REVIEW AND ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

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