Monday, August 5, 2013

Federal Bar Association Puerto Rico Chapter to Hold Lecture on “Animal Law: An Overview with an Emphasis on Issues of Domestic Violence”

The Hon. Raymond L. Acosta Puerto Rico Chapter of the Federal Bar Association will be hosting a lecture on Monday September 23, 2013 at 1:30 pm at the Colegio de Ingenieros on “Animal Law: An Overview with an Emphasis on Issues of Domestic Violence” - flyer available here. Speakers will be Scott Heiser, who heads up the Animal Legal Defense Fund's (ALDF) Criminal Justice Program and provides a full spectrum of services to law enforcement and prosecutors who investigate and litigate animal cruelty cases; Yolanda Alvarez, who presides the Puerto Rico Bar Association's Special Committee on Animal Rights, where we essentially drafted the current animal protection law in Puerto Rico, approved with very minor changes; and Sherri L. Zack, who as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, prosecuted the first case involving so-called Animal Crush Videos following the Supreme Court's invalidation on First Amendment overbreath grounds of the previous law in United States v. Stevens, 130 S.Ct. 1577 (2010) (see Alito, J., dissent). See United States v. Richards, where Judge Sim Lake dismisses all the Animal Crush Video counts. See also Open Season: Do Laws Against Animal Crushing Videos Violate Free Speech?, which is enough to make anyone angry and sick.


Tricia Carr said...

Abuse is rampant when people do not value animals. An over abundance with animals breeding in the streets contributes largely to the problem. A comprehensive, island wide plan for sterilization and, of course, education will be beneficial. It's doable.
40 veterinarians sterilizing 40 dogs, 3 days a week equals 249,600 in a year. That's a change we will welcome.

Annie Green said...

My best friend is a huge animal rights advocate. She loves them, and even works for an animal removal company. She wants to make sure that animals are being taken care of. She is a really sweet person, I don't know what I would do without her.