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  • New Jersey Livestock owners concerned about the humane care of their animals   At the request of New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA), New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), and New Jersey Farm Bureau, State legislators adopted a law in 1996 “which directs the Department of Agriculture—in consultation with the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station—to adopt ‘standards for the humane raising, keeping, care, treatment, marketing, and sale of domestic livestock,’ as well as ‘rules and regulations governing the enforcement of those standards.’”  35 NJR 1873(a) 2003.  At the time, livestock owners were increasingly... More
  • Update from USDA on the deactivation of its Animal Care Search Tool After a whirlwind of comments and criticisms, USDA has updated its statement regarding the abrupt deactivation of its Animal Care Search Tool, available here https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAAPHIS/bulletins/185b051. Similar to statements published on interested parties’ websites, USDA confirmed that this decision was based on internal discussions and review that predated the new administration. In 2016, well before the change of Administration, APHIS decided to make adjustments to the posting of regulatory records. USDA noted that the deactivation resulted not only based on guidance from the Department of Justice (see... More
  • Announcement from USDA-Deactivation of the Animal Care Search Tool In a stunning turn of events, USDA has deactivated it’s Animal Care Search Tool, as indicated on its website: Animal Care Search Tool-DEACTIVATED. USDA inspection reports of licensees pursuant to the Animal Welfare Act, among other data, were previously available on this search engine. The following alert is provided when clicking on the link (now deactivated): Alert Courts are continuously issuing decisions that provide agencies with guidance on interpreting and applying laws applicable to the release of information to the public by the Federal government,... More
  • Remaining concerns about the revisions to New Jersey’s Moose’s Law Moose’s Law, currently A308, prohibits persons convicted of criminal animal cruelty offenses from owning domestic companion animals and from working or volunteering at animal related enterprises, continues to suffer flaws that must be corrected to avoid constitutional violations and unintended consequences. The amendments to this bill attempt to limit its provisions to conduct constituting criminal violations of New Jersey’s animal cruelty statutes, but actually fails to do so. While new section 2 applies only to individuals who is convicted of an animal... More
  • The problem with the definition of “necessary care” in New Jersey bill A2052. Assembly bill No. 2052 includes the following definition of “necessary care: in the definition section of New Jersey’s animal cruelty statute that could be problematic for farmers raising livestock and poultry in the state, if it were to apply to them: “Necessary care” means care sufficient to preserve the health and well-being of an animal, and except for emergencies or circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the person responsible for the care of the animal, providing the following: (1) food of sufficient... More
  • Attempts in New Jersey Bill S2848 to improve dog and cat regulations fall short. New Jersey Bill S2848 does far more than described in the official bill statement which states that the bill requires: 1) all cats and dogs brought into the State from other jurisdictions to have an animal history and health certificate certified by a licensed veterinarian providing the information about the cat or dog specified in subsection a. of section 1 of the bill; and 2) animal rescue organizations, shelters, and pounds to accept the return of a cat or dog received from... More
  • The Good and the Bad about NJ Bill S2847 New Jersey Senate Bill No. 2847,  introduced on December 12, 2016 would make some important beneficial changes to the laws governing animal rescue organizations and shelters in New Jersey, but would also require the unnecessary and harmful premature spay and neuter of cats and dogs before sale from pet shops, kennels, shelters, pounds, and animal rescue organizations. Considering the positive amendments first, the bill would require registration of all animal rescue organizations with the State Department of Health.  Registration is currently... More
  • New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research’s 23rd Annual IACUC Conference I had the opportunity to present an “Animal Law Update” on October 21, 2016 at the New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research’s 23rd Annual IACUC Conference – the region’s premier training conference for professionals in laboratory animal research field.  Among this year’s 110 participants were key institution decision makers, Animal Care and Use Committee members, lab animal veterinarians, animal welfare compliance specialists and other lab animal research team members from the pharmaceutical industry, contract research organizations, academic research institutions, and... More
  • The Animal Welfare Act at Fifty The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) has been disemboweled by local jurisdictions around the country that have banned sales to pet shops from USDA licensees and those specifically exempted from licensure, which shops rely upon to provide healthy puppies to people choosing to purchase a specially-bred puppy with specific physical and behavioral traits best suited to that pet owner’s particular needs. Beginning around 2008, animal rights organizations began persuading lawmakers to implement decades-long campaigns to eliminate commercial dog breeding by banning sales... More
  • Support curiousSCIENCEwriters This is the time of year that nonprofit organizations hope for contributions from those who have the means and interest to support these organizations. This year, I encourage you to consider supporting curiousSCIENCEwriters. curiousSCIENCEwriters (cSw) is an innovative, independent steAm initiative that trains creative high school communicators to bring complex science to the general public through the power of story. Science and technology are advancing exponentially, yet fewer than 7% of American adults are scientifically literate. With growing medical, environmental and social issues... More