The Animal Law Committee will provide education, updates and analysis of relevant issues, and holds regular meetings to discuss the changes and new directions in animal law. The Committee will maintain a website and blog, offer CLE and public service programs, and monitor, study and make recommendations on legislation as appropriate as it relates to animals in the law. It shall also serve as a reference point to facilitate cooperation with government agencies, non-governmental humane societies, rescue organizations, animal clubs, breeders of animals, and other entities and persons involved in legal issues affecting animals.

Get Wild About Animal Laws In SC - Feb. 23, 2021

The seminar addressed a variety of issues encompassing animal law, including updating topics covered in previous seminars. Speakers reviewed in detail the differences and access entitlements afforded to service, emotional support, and therapy animals, including an analysis of a law signed in 2019 criminalizing the misrepresentation of a service animal in South Carolina, discussed first responder and citizen liability for aiding animals in crisis, provided an in-depth look at newly signed laws in South Carolina and other bills that could affect animals in our state, and gave a brief, broad overview of animal rights in statutory and common law. Pictures from the course are below.

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Can an ADA Covered Entity Require Certification or Professional Training of a Service Animal?

ABA helps animal shelters address challenges during COVID-19 pandemic

Emotional support dog didn't have priority over tenant with allergies, state supreme court says

SC agency denies request to temporarily ban poison on Kiawah Island linked to bobcat deaths

Bobcat Guardian Preservation Program

Tiger King: How is that legal?

Beyond Big Meat

Right to farm: Indiana families ask U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on case over factory farm

The End of Meat is Here

Upstate woman claims a Grand Strand animal rescue won't return her dog

VA and Pet Partners combine efforts to bring therapy animal services to more Veterans

Trump signs a sweeping federal ban on animal cruelty

Victory! Delaware Becomes The First No-Kill State For Shelter Animals

Since 2010, SC authorities have investigated nearly 75,000 incidents involving dogs

How many hogs can be slaughtered per hour? Pork industry wants more

Stealing Lauri

Tainted Pork, Ill Consumers and an Investigation Thwarted

‘It’s a step forward’: North Myrtle Beach looks to strengthen law on animal welfare

SC Court Form SCCA 426, Family Court Protection Order Form Domestic Abuse Act

The Latest: 1 arrested on abuse charges at Indiana farm

Suits accuse dairy company of consumer fraud for touting 'extraordinary care and comfort' of cows

After animal welfare laws pass, animal supporters push for stronger tethering provisions

Fair Oaks Farms abuse: Undercover video shows animal cruelty, Indiana founder admits

'Disturbing' video of calves being abused prompts Casey's Foods, Jewel to remove Fairlife dairy items

Are pets assets or part of the family? States are passing laws that give judges a longer leash in divorce custody proceedings

New laws to protect animals passed in South Carolina

SC Lawmakers aim to strengthen animal cruelty laws

Electric shock collars for bets to be banned

Company is offering 'Fur-ternity Leave' for new pet owners

It's a good bet dog racing may end

"Fake service dogs" causing real problem in the Midlands

Seeking justice for Justice the horse

Wildlife trafficking

Courts are awarding significant damages to families whose dogs are killed by police

National directory of abuse investigation agencies makes it easier to report animal cruelty

Cloning, Anti-trust and the American Quarter Horse Association

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Committee Chair:
Kelsey Jane Gilmore-Futeral
(843) 284-5500


Staff Contact:
Tara Caine
(803) 799-6653, ext. 146