The Animal Legal Defense Fund drafted and added an "Offender Registration and Community Notification" section to ALDF’s model laws collection in 2001. It was based on the statutory equivalents, that all state have since adopted, dubbed "Megans Laws" that deal with sex offenders. Since then a number of jurisdictions have followed this model concept introducing legislation to accomplish this goal with respect to animal abusers. To view a complete list of all states, please click here. Stephan K. Otto is an attorney and director of legislative affairs for the Animal Legal Defense Fund. In this capacity he oversees the development of animal protection laws at the local, state and federal levels. He is also an adjunct professor of law at Lewis & Clark Law School where he teaches an animal law legislation clinic. Mr. Otto is the author of various animal protection bills, statutes and ordinances in jurisdictions throughout the country. He is the publisher and editor of the Animal Protection Laws of the United States of America & Canada compendium (currently in its fifth edition), ALDF Model Animal Protection Laws collection, and annual comparative reports, State Animal Protection Laws Rankings and Canadian Animal Protection Laws Rankings. Mr. Otto speaks on an array of animal-related issues at hearings and presentations across the country.
In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer will speak to Stephan Otto, Esq. about this victory! Stay tuned!