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Pound Seizure Banned in Minnesota
On April 28, 2012, Governor Mark Dayton approved H.F. 2398, a bill that repeals pound seizure and prohibits persons from releasing for the purpose of research or product testing animals seized by public authorities. Since 1949 publicly funded animal shelters in Minnesota have been required to release unclaimed animals to researchers or educational institutions that request them. Data practices requests to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health confirm however that for many years, the law has not even been used. _____________________________________________________

The purposes of the Animal Law Section are:
1. To provide a forum for discussion of legal issues pertaining to animals, including but not limited to issues in the following practice areas: Tort Law, Criminal Law, Contract Law, Wills and Estates, and Property Law, as well as the enforcement of federal laws;
2. To provide opportunities for legal education;
3. To improve the practice and elevate the ethical standards with regard to legal services pertaining to animals;
4. To draft amicus briefs in important cases pertaining to Animal Law;
5. To initiate legislative change, subject to the approval of the Assembly;
6. To foster and enhance the skills of animal lawyers; and
7. To serve as a liaison with other parts of the MSBA and the public on issues relating to animal law.




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