Animal Law & the Pandemic

Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020

Event Location


Noon PDT | Online Webcast | Tuition: Free

Animal Law & the Pandemic: The Role Judges Play in Ensuring that Animal-Related Essential Services Remain in Effect During “Stay at Home” Orders

As courts and local, state and the federal governments face the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 virus, questions are arising regarding the “essential” nature of the work done for homeless, injured and lost animals in animal shelters, as well as the level of care that should and can be delivered in veterinary offices and other animal care facilities.  While not mentioned in every list of “essential” services in many orders affecting our daily lives, animal care facilities fit soundly within the types of businesses that provide fundamental public health and safety benefits, and that should continue to operate in order to prevent further insult to society. In addition, the COVID-19 virus has not invalidated the ADA and FHA regulations regarding service, support, and therapy animals. During this webcast, designed for judges, Brandy Kuentzel, General Counsel for the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and Professor Bruce Wagman will explain the role judges have in ensuring that animals are protected during national emergencies.

After this webcast, you will be able to:

  • Explain the role judges play in ensuring that laws and regulations regarding animals are still enforced during a pandemic or national emergency;
  • Describe why shelters and other animal care facilities are essential services; and,
  • Explore the legal standards for the care of animals during a pandemic or national emergency.

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