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  Animal Law     CRJS 230 Hudson Valley Community College Valerie A. Lang, J.D., M.L.S.
The New York Times February 27, 1999, Saturday, Late Edition - Final Albany Notes; A Wave of New Bills Bearing Victims' Na...
Buster’s Law Signed in to law June 28, 1999
 
 
Buster, November 30 th , 1997
Forms of Cruelty: <ul><li>failing to provide food, water, shelter, veterinary care, or </li></ul><ul><li>animal fighting  ...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Unquestionable Link <ul><li>“ On Saturday of last week, I made my first kill.  </li></ul><ul><li>The victim was a love...
Felony Status In general, a felony is an offense for which a sentence to a  term of imprisonment in excess of one year  is...
Buster’s Law <ul><li>§ 353-a. Aggravated cruelty to animals </li></ul><ul><li>1. A person is guilty of aggravated cruelty ...
&quot;The question is not, Can they  reason ? nor, Can they  talk ? but  Can they suffer .&quot;     -Jeremy Bentham
<ul><li>At the time of Buster’s tragedy, only 17 states had felony cruelty laws. </li></ul><ul><li>As 2010, 46 states have...
<ul><li>The Times Union (Albany, New York) </li></ul><ul><li>November 9, 2007  Friday  1 EDITION </li></ul><ul><li>`Buster...
“ Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Dr. Martin Luther King
This is dedicated to Buster…
 
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    1. 1. Animal Law CRJS 230 Hudson Valley Community College Valerie A. Lang, J.D., M.L.S.
    2. 2. The New York Times February 27, 1999, Saturday, Late Edition - Final Albany Notes; A Wave of New Bills Bearing Victims' Names
    3. 3. Buster’s Law Signed in to law June 28, 1999
    4. 6. Buster, November 30 th , 1997
    5. 7. Forms of Cruelty: <ul><li>failing to provide food, water, shelter, veterinary care, or </li></ul><ul><li>animal fighting   </li></ul><ul><li>acts such as overworking an animal </li></ul><ul><li>atrocious, depraved acts </li></ul>
    6. 16. The Unquestionable Link <ul><li>“ On Saturday of last week, I made my first kill. </li></ul><ul><li>The victim was a loved one, </li></ul><ul><li>my dear dog Sparkle. I will never forget the howl she made. </li></ul><ul><li>It sounded almost human. </li></ul><ul><li>We laughed and hit her and hit her more.” - from the diary of Luke Woodham, 16, charged in the stabbing death of his mother, and the shooting deaths of two students and wounding seven others in Pearl, Mississippi. </li></ul> 
    7. 17. Felony Status In general, a felony is an offense for which a sentence to a term of imprisonment in excess of one year is authorized.
    8. 18. Buster’s Law <ul><li>§ 353-a. Aggravated cruelty to animals </li></ul><ul><li>1. A person is guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals when, with no justifiable purpose, he or she intentionally kills or intentionally causes serious physical injury to a companion animal with aggravated cruelty. For purposes of this section, &quot;aggravated cruelty&quot; shall mean conduct which: (i) is intended to cause extreme physical pain; or (ii) is done or carried out in an especially depraved or sadistic manner. </li></ul>
    9. 19. &quot;The question is not, Can they reason ? nor, Can they talk ? but Can they suffer .&quot;   -Jeremy Bentham
    10. 20. <ul><li>At the time of Buster’s tragedy, only 17 states had felony cruelty laws. </li></ul><ul><li>As 2010, 46 states have some felony provisions in their anti-cruelty laws. </li></ul>
    11. 21. <ul><li>The Times Union (Albany, New York) </li></ul><ul><li>November 9, 2007 Friday 1 EDITION </li></ul><ul><li>`Buster's Law' ex-con indicted in sexual assault </li></ul>
    12. 22. “ Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Dr. Martin Luther King
    13. 23. This is dedicated to Buster…
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