Several state legislatures addressed animal welfare issues in 2014. A young fifth-grader, motivated by a documentary, inspired her community and state legislature to attempt to pass legislation protecting orcas. Two states decided to blaze a new trail when they determined that the federal government was not going far enough to stop the ivory and rhino horn trade. The battle between freedom of speech and property rights reared its ugly head as several states took on the polemical issue of 'ag-gag.' Lastly, we witnessed breed-specific legislation become illegal in three more states, with science trumping the availability heuristic.
Aaron C. Johnson,
2014 State Legislative Review,
Animal L. Rev.
Available at: https://lawcommons.lclark.edu/alr/vol21/iss2/8