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Court Finds Mindset & Intention Irrelevant In Wildlife Crimes

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On June 21, a federal court found the Justice Department’s longstanding policy of deciding under what circumstances it would prosecute individuals who killed animals protected under the Endangered Species Act to be outside the range of prosecutorial authority. At issue in the case was a policy known as the “McKittrick Policy,” originally stemming from… Read More »

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It Could Become a Crime to Declaw Cats in New Jersey

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On January 23rd, New Jersey State lawmakers will vote on whether to send Governor Christie a bill that would make it illegal for veterinarians to declaw cats in the state; a procedure known as onychectomy. Specifically, although there would be exceptions for medical purposes, any veterinarians (or anyone else) found engaging in the practice,… Read More »

The Felony Offense of Dog Fighting

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In the United States, dogs are considered man’s best friend. For many, a dog is a furry friend whose sole purpose is companionship. For others dogs provide assistance; they serve as emergency responders, provide assistance for those with disabilities or other health conditions, or work as dogs for those who need emotional support. However,… Read More »

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