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1984-1985 Animal L. Rep. 1 (1984-1985)

handle is hein.journals/anilare7 and id is 1 raw text is: ANIMAL LAW REPORT
A Publication of the
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
Young Lawyers Division -- Animal Protection Committee
Winter 1984-85
COMMITTEE UPDATE

Work of the Animal Protection Committee
is well underway now.      The Comittee
submitted a resolution to the Executive
Council of the American Bar Associa-
tion's Young Lawyers Division at the
ABA's 1984 Spring meeting in Florida.
For the first time, the issue of inten-
sive  farm   animal  husbandry  (factory
farming) was debated by ABA leadership.
The    Animal    Protection    Committee
attempted to get the Executive Council
to endorse legislation which provided
for the establishment of a Commission on
Modern Farm Animal Practices. According
to the legislation, the Commission was
responsible for investigating and pre-
paring a report on intensive farm animal
husbandry including the identification
of its adverse effects on human health
and on the physical well-being of the
animals involved.    Unfortunately, the
resolution was defeated by one vote; but
efforts will continue to get the ABA to
take stands on important animal protec-
tion issues.   At the present time, the
committee  is   preparing  a  resolution
which will state, in essence, that in
determining  the  amount  animal owners
should be compensated for the wrongful
injury to or death of their animals,
more than the market value of the ani-
mals should be considered.    It will be
argued in the resolution that factors
such as loss of companionship and mental
anguish or   suffering  to an   animal's
owner caused by the injury to or death
of an animal should also be reviewed by
courts.
Additionally,   in  furtherance  of  its
purposes of   providing   a forum    for

attorneys   to    exchange   ideas   and
information about the law in relation to
animals,  Animal   Protection  Committee
members are participating    in  several
other projects.     Articles are being
written  about  animal experimentation,
intensive    farm   animal    husbandry,
veterinary malpractice and horse racing
for publication in ABA periodicals.    A
summary of all federal laws pertaining
to animals is also being prepared for
distribution to committee members and
other interested persons.
Of course, one of the major activities
of the Animal Protection Committee is
the publication of the ANIMAL LAW REPORT
to   which   many   members   contribute
information. Clearly, the more material
received from members and other readers
about   recently   enacted  laws,   case
decisions, books and articles, the more
thorough and informative the ANIMAL LAW
REPORT will be.      Anyone wishing   to
contribute such information or a guest
editorial    should    contact    Elinor
Molbegott, Editor of    the ANIMAL   LAW
REPORT  at  the  address listed below.
Editor - Elinor Molbegott, The American
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals, 441 East 92nd Street,
New York, New York 10128
(212) 876-7700.
Copyright 0 1985 - American Bar
Association, Young Lawyers Division,
Animal Protection Committee.

Opinions expressed in the Animal Law Report do not necessarily represent the views or
policies of the American Bar Association or the Animal Protection Committee of the
American Bar Association-Young Lawyers Division.

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