Animal Law Issues

Animal Law is a rapidly growing and continuously evolving area of law that encompasses a broad range of legal issues. Some of these areas may be a part of our everyday lives, such as breed-specific dog restrictions, municipal ordinances or landlord-tenant disputes about companion animals, while others, such as anti-cruelty statutes and veterinary medical malpractice suits, may affect only a few of us. Nonetheless, the general public has increased its demands that our laws recognize and protect animals, their interests and the interests of those people who love and value them and their health and welfare.

However, Animal Law is not limited to only companion animals. It includes all animals such as those used for research and in the service industries. The growing body of Animal Law requires the involvement of humans and organizations trying to change and enforce legislation mandating humane treatment for all animals. Animal Law issues include not only the traditional areas of law, such as personal injury, property, product liability, family law, estate planning and contracts but also lesser known but equally important areas such as administrative law and appeals, legislative reform and representation of organizations working to improve the legal status and treatment of animals.

The recent nationwide pet food recall has drawn yet more attention to the field of Animal Law and how it affects people across the country. Unfortunately, animals are considered mere property, but that may be changing and many lawyers are approaching this problem differently. If you or someone you know has an animal that may have been affected by the pet food recall, please call (309) 265-0812 to speak with Rynell Benckendorf, an attorney in the firm, about your case. Also, be sure to keep all veterinary and other records of your animal's health, any food or treats that may be contaminated including the packaging and the products, receipts for your pet's food, and any other documentation, including pictures, lab test results or other records regarding your pet.