Hot Topics in Animal Law
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Hot Topics in Animal Law

When: September 21, 2018
1:00 pm - 4:00-pm
Where: Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
530 West New York Street
Classroom # 375
Indianapolis, Indiana  46204
United States
Contact: Sherry Allan

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Hot Topics in Animal Law 

Sponsored by the ISBA Animal Law Section and the IU McKinney Environmental Law Society

3 Hrs. CLE

Available Live and via Webinar!



12:45 Registration




The Transition of Farming to Industry: How Law and Policy Have Failed to Protect Animals and People

Kim Ferraro, Hoosier Environmental Council


Over the last several decades, agriculture has undergone a dramatic transformation from farming to big industry. Instead of raising livestock on traditional farms where animals graze in open pasture, livestock are now “produced” in industrial facilities called concentrated animal feeding operations (“CAFOs”) where animals are confined and caged by the thousands and the massive amount of waste they generate is collected in open-air cesspits known “lagoons” and spread untreated on nearby land. Although these industrial-scale facilities have industrial-scale environmental and public health impacts, our laws and policies have not similarly transformed and continue to treat CAFOs as farms. Our speaker, Kim Ferraro, Senior Staff Attorney with the Hoosier Environmental Council will discuss the transformation of farming, provide an in-depth look at the current state of farming laws at the federal and state levels,  identify the dangerous gaps in those laws that leave our air, land, water, people and animals unprotected, and recommend specific policy solutions for addressing the problem.




The Differing Definitions of Service and Assistance Animals Under Federal Law

Professor Rebecca Huss, Valparaiso University Law School


It appears that an increasing number of persons with disabilities are partnering with service and assistance animals to assist them in their daily lives.  It can be challenging for businesses, housing providers and airlines to understand their responsibilities under federal law.  This is complicated by the differences in the definitions used by the relevant federal agencies to determine whether an accommodation or modification of a policy is necessary to allow a particular animal in an environment.  This presentation will provide an overview of how three federal laws—the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act and the Air Carrier Access Act deal with this issue.  It will also cover some “hot topics” in the area including recent case law relating to service animals in schools and the perception that there is widespread abuse of these laws by persons who are not disabled.




Indiana’s Requirements for Commercial Dog Breeders

Dr. Jodi Lovejoy, DVM

Sarah Simpson, Indiana State Board of Animal Health


Dr. Jodi Lovejoy, DVM and Sarah Simpson, Director of Legal Affairs, Licensing and Enforcement, with the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) will provide an overview of the state commercial dog breeder program.  The presentation will cover topics such as registration requirements, registration exemptions, operating and facility standards, developments and trends in the dog breeding community, and the enforcement process.


Join us for light refreshments at the conclusion of the CLE. 



$65 Animal Law Section Members

$75 ISBA Members

$100 Non-ISBA Members

Free: Law Students



Parking is available for a nominal fee at the campus Gateway Garage, located on the corner of Michigan and California Streets (Address is 525 Blackford Street).

Parking is also available for a nominal fee at the Natatorium Garage two blocks west of the law school.


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Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be issued for cancellations received in writing on or before September 14, 2018 and are subject to a $25 processing fee. Refunds will not be granted after September 14, 2018.