Volume 3 (2010), Issue 1

Articles

Making the Dogman Heel: Recommendations for Improving the Effectiveness of Dogfighting Laws

Francesca Ortiz
Since Michael Vick’s arrest and conviction, federal, state and local governments have attempted to step up efforts at enforcing laws prohibiting dogfighting. However, because of biases held by some law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, and judges as well as burdensome investigatory costs and evidentiary problems, enforcement of the laws is ineffective in many cases. This Article discusses these issues and argues that, because of various social problems that are tied closely to dogfighting, continued efforts must be made to make prosecution of dogfighting more effective.
  • April 2010
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Encouraging Animal Advertisers to Pay for the Use of Animal Images: A Voluntary Certification Approach

Ross Abbey
In this article, I suggest that “animal advertisers”— companies and organizations that use animal images or species names in their advertising, marketing, and branding—should, for self-interested reasons, make voluntary donations to wildlifeconservation organizations to “compensate” nature for this use. While a few animal advertisers already do so, most do not. I suggest that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) create a program to promote this voluntary compensation by certifying animal advertisers’ contributions to wildlifeconservation projects and organizations. The program would be similar in concept to EPA’s successful Energy Star program. Certified advertisers would be allowed to display the certification mark on their advertising and marketing materials, and so reliably signal the advertiser’s donation to consumers.
  • April 2010
  • 3 Stan. J. Animal L. & Pol'y 76
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Increasing Private Conservation through Incentive Mechanisms

Nathan Paulich
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is the nation’s most powerful environmental law. The ESA, however, has been ineffective at achieving species conservation and recovery because the current command and control regulation imposes substantial costs on private landowners and creates perverse incentives that run contrary to the ESA’s goals. It is widely known that the primary threat to endangered species is habitat loss.
  • April 2010
  • 3 Stan. J. Animal L. & Pol'y 106
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Sea Shepherd Conservation Society v. Japanese Whalers, the Showdown: Who Is the Real Villain?

Andrew Hoek
This Article discusses the on-going battle between Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Japanese whalers. An analysis of international law reveals that the while the law is complicated and unclear, it is likely that both sides are violating international law.
  • April 2010
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