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Protecting People and Their Pets
Last Featured: 1/15/2007

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A recent court order sentencing a cat to house arrest after it mauled at least six neighbors raises questions about how the law tries to safeguard public safety and mediate disputes when pets get out of control. Should communities ban pit bulls or venomous snakes? How about pet sheep, pigs and poultry? Can government force pet owners to use dog runs or keep their animals on leashes? Join us for this edition of Justice Talking as we look at pets and the law and ask whether new laws are needed or whether they are just more bark than bite.

Interview with David Favre
Host Margot Adler speaks with law professor David Favre about pets, their rights, pet owners and their rights.

David Favre is a professor of law at the Michigan State University College of Law. Prior to joining the law faculty in 1976, Favre was a practicing attorney in Virginia. He has written several articles and books dealing with animal issues, including such topics as animal cruelty, wildlife law, the use of animals for scientific research, and international control of animal trade. His books include Animal Law and Dog Behavior, "Animals: Welfare, Interest, and Rights," and "International Trade in Endangered Species."

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Interview with a Pet Cop
Host Margot Adler talks to Lt. Jonathan Church, commander of community relations for the Anne Arundel County Police Department about Maryland's pet court.

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Debate on Breed Banning
Host Margot Adler moderates a debate between animal advocates over the complete banning by communities of whole breeds of pets.

Laura Brown is an animal care specialist and anti-cruelty spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Ledy VanKavage is senior director of legislation & legal training for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruely to Animals.

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Report from Colorado
Reporter Eric Mack examines the practical fallout of a ban on pitbulls in Denver, Colorado.

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Interview with an Animal Attorney
Host Margot Adler talks with an attorney whose practice is focused on the rights and wrongs affecting pet owners.

Geordie Duckler heads The Animal Law Practice, a private law practice in Portland, Oregon. The Practice’s clients are companion, domestic, commercial, and exotic animal owners, and its main focus is on the litigation and trial of animal-related disputes and injuries in cases at both the state and federal levels. The Animal Law Practice, prosecuting as well as defending hundreds of cases a year, is one of a handful in the nation.

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Interview with a Pet Philosopher
Host Margot Adler speaks with philosopher and animal rights advocate Paul Waldau.

Paul Waldau is director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. He is also vice president of the Great Ape Project, principal director of the Great Ape Legal Project, and chair of the Chimpanzee Collaboratory’s International Committee. Waldau is also founder and co-chair of the Animals and Religion Consultation at the American Academy of Religion, and founder and president of the Religion and Animals Institute.

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Interview with a Pet Trustee
Host Margot Adler talks to a woman who founded two organizations that address the welfare of pets after their owners have passed on.

Amy Shever was an animal shelter volunteer for over 18 years. She founded 2nd Chance 4 Pets, a non-profit volunteer organization committed to providing assistance to pet owners in making lifetime care decisions for their pets. Amy also founded PetGuardian LLC, an affiliate of Best Friends Animal Society, which allows pet owners to create a comprehensive pet trust plan online to ensure the lifetime care for their pets.

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Voices from a Dog Park
Justice Talking travels to a Philadelphia park to ask dog owners if they treat their pets like humans.

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