In a lawsuit filed in the District of Maryland by a family purportedly exposed to an infectious disease (Streptobacillus moniliformis a.k.a. rat bite fever) from rats purchased from a Petco store which the store had obtained from SunPet Ltd., the court granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss the following claims:

assault (Counts I, VIII,

It may seem counter-intuitive to some, but for me and other like-minded animal lovers, justice for animals will not come from granting animals “personhood rights,” or by banning the commercial breeding of purebred dogs, or by substituting guardianship for ownership, or banning biomedical research involving animals, or granting owners the right to non-economic damages for

A proposed bill in Maryland would exempt shelter and non-profit entities that offer pets to the public for adoption from providing a customer with a health certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian within 30 days of the sale.

The health certificate would disclose “any illness, disease, or congenital or hereditary condition of the dog or

Since 2011, FDA has issued at least 21 warning letters notifying egg producers that they have violated regulations governing the safety of shell eggs. Failure to comply with these regulations is a violation of the Public Health Service Act, enforced by the FDA.

Shell eggs produced while in violation are considered adulterated. Producers with 50,000

Since 2001, FDA has issued at least 28 warning letters notifying dairy farmers, veterinarians, and firms marketing veterinary products of violations including the use or sale of new animal drugs without the approvals required by federal law.  Some of these violations also resulted in illegal drug residues, which can be prevented, as previously described.

As previously discussed, dairy farmers seem to be under increased scrutiny by the FDA for medicating their cattle without following prescribed laws governing such practices.  To avoid violating federal law, dairy farmers should consider incorporating the following tips in the management of their herds:

  • Implement a system to identify new additions to the herd