The Trump Administration’s recent changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) may impose significant consequences upon animals, plants, and their habitats. In this post, 3L staffer Benjamin A. Dennison explores the potential outcomes of placing a price tag on wildlife conservation.
Kentucky Legislators are attempting to live “in the arms of an angel” by proposing more stringent laws regarding the brutal and inhumane activity of dogfighting. The current law provides that a person is guilty of cruelty to animals in the first degree if he or she causes a four-legged animal to fight for pleasure or profit, and the person owns the dog, owns the property on which the fight is held, or assists in organizing the fight. Commonwealth Lawmakers are proposing an additional provision stating, “Any person who knowingly owns, possesses, keeps, breeds, trains, sells, or otherwise transfers a dog for the purpose of that dog being used to fight another dog for pleasure or profit.” Cruelty to animals in the first degree is a felony.
On January 13, Kentucky State Representative David Floyd filed House Bill 240, a bill that calls for the establishment of a statewide pipeline safety fund in order to, among other objectives, develop disaster response plans and train local government emergency crews to safely execute these plans. This is the second consecutive year that the 50th District Representative from Bardstown has pushed for the passage of such a bill, with the 2015 version having failed before a House committee.
Pollinators play a vital role in the United States’ economy. Honeybee pollination adds $15 billion in value to agricultural crops in the United States each year. However, over the past two decades, there has been a steady decline in the population of pollinators. Last year, the United States experienced a forty percent decline in bee population overall. In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, a thirty percent drop was reported. The decline is attributed to increased pesticide use and a phenomenon referred to as “Colony Collapse Disorder” where worker bees abandon the queen bee.
Mention horses, and horse racing undoubtedly first crosses one’s mind. With the rich history of horse racing in Kentucky, namely at Keeneland and Churchill Downs, racing is often considered a horse’s main utility. However, with the rise of children with disabilities benefiting from horse-based therapy – namely, “hippotherapy” – an entirely different equine service has evolved.
On February 13, 2015 House Bill 145 passed by a 51-46 vote in the Kentucky House of Representatives. The bill referred to as “Smoke free Kentucky,” which provides criminal sanctions for those who smoke tobacco products in all places of business indoors, did not clear the Kentucky Senate. Since last year’s flop, the “Foundation for A Healthy Kentucky” released a poll showing support for a smoking ban across the State with around 66% of poll participants favoring the ban.
On February 9, 2016, the Supreme Court dealt a major blow to Obama’s “climate change” agenda. Divided five to four, the Supreme Court ordered the Obama administration not to proceed on the “Clean Power Plan,” which may stall the proposal until after President Barack Obama leaves office next January.
Even though you can survive many days without food and several hours without water, without air you would die within a few minutes. Particularly, air pollution can burn your eyes and nose, which can affect visibility and the ability to breathe. In order to combat pollution in the air, Congress passed the Clean Air Act (hereinafter “the Act”), which gave the federal government the power to limit air pollution in the United States.