February 01, 2014

This past December, New York state courts were petitioned to recognize four captive chimpanzees as legal persons being illegally imprisoned. The requests were dismissed and are currently under appeal. Lawyers representing the chimpanzees argue that “legal personhood” in the common law tradition is not limited to humans but has been expanded to include corporations and partnerships. These efforts stem from a movement working to blur the legal line separating humans from at least some animals.

AVMA

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent evaluator of charities, for the third year in a row.

Issues

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) hosted a conference this past December during which 23 recommendations requesting that the OIE and its member countries take certain actions to follow through on fulfilling the need for minimum veterinary competencies and improving veterinary infrastructures worldwide were considered.

Practice

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued an order Dec. 10, 2013, for GE Capital Retail Bank and subsidiary CareCredit to refund up to $34.1 million to potentially more than 1 million consumers. These consumers signed up for CareCredit credit cards that they thought were interest-free, according to the CFPB, but the consumers actually were accruing interest that kicked in if they did not pay the full balance by the end of a promotional period.

Community

After nearly 20 years, Dr. John R. Boyce announced in early December 2013 he will retire as executive director of the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners this summer. The organization has undergone profound changes and anticipates more with its new partnership with the National Board of Medical Examiners.