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Animal Welfare Organizations, Laws and Legislation

 

Click on the text links below to view some of our favorite nationally based websites offering information about animal welfare, animal rights, and pet abuse in the United States! If you would like to suggest a link to add to this page on the MarylandPet.com website please e-mail us.

 
National Animal Welfare Organizations Animal Rights Laws and Legislation
National Pet Abuse Database Pet Custody, Trusts, Wills & Estates
   

Animal Welfare Organizations (Non-Profit)

The American Partnership for Pets - An unprecedented team of leading veterinary, humane, animal control and fancier organizations, plus a growing number of community partners, that have set differences aside and united to speak with one voice on behalf of our nation's homeless and unwanted animals.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) - Our mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. We offer national programs in humane education, public awareness, government advocacy, shelter support, and animal medical services and placement. Our New York City headquarters houses a full-service animal hospital, behavior center, adoption facility, and Humane Law Enforcement Department...

The Humane Society of the United States - The aim of The Humane Society of the United States may seem simple—promoting the protection of all animals—but it requires a wide range of actions and strategies. Since its establishment in 1954, The HSUS has developed programs to take on animal abuse and exploitation wherever it occurs....

American Humane - The mission of the American Humane Association, as a network of individuals and organizations, is to prevent cruelty, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children and animals and to assure that their interests and well-being are fully, effectively, and humanely guaranteed by an aware and caring society...

Prevent a Litter Coalition, Inc. (PALC) - Dedicated to the implementation of proactive, community and sustainable solutions to ensure that every pet born has a home, that every home is a responsible home, and that communities have strong programs in place to assist pet owners and pets in crisis.

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Animal Rights Laws and Legislation

Animal Law Center (Boulder, Colorado) - Animal Law Center (ALC) is one of the only organizations in the world focused on promoting the interests of all animals-including farm animals, laboratory animals, companion animals, and wildlife--through legal means. ALC 's small staff, assisted by volunteers, works diligently to ensure that federal, state, and local environmental laws and ordinances are applied for the benefit of animals...

Animal Legal & Historical Center - MSU/Detroit College of Law. There are presently over 400 full text cases (US, Historical and UK) and 625 statutes (Maryland and all other states) fully available on the site. More importantly, we have 23 topics that give the viewer directions and comprehensive explanations on some of the more interesting issues of the animal area. We also have a number of legal articles addressing a wide variety of animal topics. This is the best way for non-lawyers to access the information...

Animal Legal Defense Fund - For nearly a quarter-century, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has been pushing the U.S. legal system to end the suffering of abused animals...

Animal Rights Project - Rutgers University School of Law. Iincludes selected documents involving: the right of a student to object to vivisection or dissection in the classroom; hunting and wildlife issues, hunter "harassment," wild horses, animal sacrifices, and animal care committees. The website also offers on-line handbooks concerning freedom of expression and housing issues involving companion animals. In addition, the website offers various essays and journal articles on animal rights and animals and the law, and various state and federal laws and regulations...

Animal Welfare Information Center - Includes the Animal Welfare Act and Regulations, Government Organizations, Legislation, Policies, Guidelines & Codes of Practice, News, and Questions & Answers: The Animal Welfare Act and Its Regulations for Biomedical Research Institutions...

Center for Wildlife Law-University of New Mexico School of Law - The Center for Wildlife Law is the only national center dedicated to education, research and analysis of state, national and international wildlife laws. Established at the Institute of Public Law, University of New Mexico School of Law in 1990, the Center's mission is to raise the level of understanding and discussion about wildlife issues through interdisciplinary education, training, analysis and information on wildlife law and policy issues...

Institute for Animal Rights Law - Providing Legal Information, Analysis, And Guidance For The Animal Rights Movement...

International Institute for Animal Law - The International Institute for Animal Law has been established to encourage, at the international level, the development of legal scholarship and advocacy skills on behalf of animals. A not-for-profit organization composed of a renowned and experienced group of attorneys and judges from around the world, the Institute is dedicated to creating and supporting programs that will enhance the development of laws that protect animals....

Justice for Animals-North Carolina - Our mission is to stop, or, at least, substantially reduce the multiple kinds of cruelty to animals that are currently committed in North Carolina by 1) informing the general public and public officials 2) providing legal assistance to and working with animal welfare groups 3) getting animal-related statutes improved by legislative amendments and 4) getting animal cruelty cases into court...

National Anti-Vivisection Society - The National Anti-Vivisection Society is dedicated to abolishing the exploitation of animals used in research, education and product testing...

The National Center for Animal Law-Lewis & Clark Law School - The National Center for Animal Law draws, trains, and supports those who choose to practice animal law in order to further the field of animal law and promote legal protections for animals...

National Pet Abuse Hotline

Pet-Abuse.com - Featured in People Magazine in 2004. Search by state in this national animal abuse crime database. There are 3271 total cases listed in this database as of December 20, 2004. If you register with Pet-Abuse.Com, you will be e-mailed when new updates are posted about the cases you choose to monitor. You may also do a search on abuser names from the 3585 abusers in the database. This site is highly recommended!

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Pet Custody, Trusts, Wills & Estates

Estate Planning for Animals - The primary goal of the pet owner’s attorney is to carry out the pet owner’s intent to the fullest extent allowed under applicable law. Accordingly, the attorney should select a method which has the highest likelihood of working successfully to provide for the pet after its owner’s death. (The pet owner should also determine if any special arrangements need to be made to care for the pet if the owner becomes disabled. These instructions may be included in a durable power of attorney.) This article discusses the variety of techniques currently available and comments on the advisability of each...

Estate Planning for Pets.org - The law of trusts for the care of pets...

NABR Animal Law Section - Pet Trusts - Another recent trend in animal law is the enactment of state statutes specifically authorizing trusts for animals. Prior to the enactment of these statutes, significant obstacles existed in many states when attempting to establish valid, enforceable trusts for pets and other animals. In some instances, states have enacted limited provisions to authorize animal trusts. Other states have completely updated their Wills and Trusts statutes by enacting provisions of the Uniform Trust Code (UTC). Under section 408 of the UTC, a trust for the care of an animal is specifically allowed along with the authorization for courts to appoint someone to enforce the trust. Statutes permitting trusts for pets exist in 23 states...

Pet Custody.com - PetCustody.com offers content about pets and the law where people with pets can download unique legal documents created to protect their pets rights. We gather our content from a variety of reporters, scholars, news feeds and normal people from across America...

Will My Pet.com - Pet guardian solutions, wills...

 

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