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Animal Law Podcast #57: The Case of the Empty Pet Store

Mariann Sullivan 27 February 2020 4

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On this episode of the Animal Law Podcast, I speak with Rebecca Cary of the Humane Society of the United States about Just Puppies v Frosh, a case brought against the Attorney General of of Maryland arguing that that state’s ban on the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores was unconstitutional. Rebecca is the attorney who wrote and filed the amicus brief filed by HSUS in favor of the state’s position defending the “Pups’ Act.” We discuss the recent decision of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland upholding the law against dormant commerce clause, preemption, and equal protection arguments. We also discuss why this decision is not only significant in and of itself but also bodes well for the over 300 laws being passed around the country imposing similar sales bans in an effort to undermine puppy and kitten mills, which are generally the source of the animals sold in most pet stores.

Join Animal Law professor and longtime activist Mariann Sullivan as she unpacks the latest updates, cases, and news from the burgeoning world of animal law.

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