The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) announced today the winners of the inaugural Animal Law Writing Contest, a program designed to encourage law students to discuss and debate legal issues related to animals and animal law.
Out of several entries, first place was awarded to Christopher Moores of the University of California School of Law for his analysis entitled, "The Puppy Prohibition Period: The Constitutionality of Chicago's War on Animal Mills." Second place was taken by Kristina Rozan of the Maine School of Law, for her piece, "The Unconstitutionality of the County of Los Angeles Mandatory Spaying and Neutering Law."
Jointly sponsored by the AVMA, the American Kennel Club, Cat Fanciers' Association and Animal Health Institute, the contest sought law students currently enrolled in an ABA-accredited school to write original, in-depth constitutional analyses on one of two topics: the Los Angeles County ordinance requiring all cats and dogs to be spayed or neutered after a certain age, or the City of Chicago's proposal to only sell dogs, cats and rabbits that retailers have obtained from animal control centers, animal care facilities or government-operated shelters, humane societies and rescue organizations.
The essays were evaluated by a panel of judges composed of lawyers and law professors who selected winners based on legal analysis and scholarship.
Moores was awarded a $2,500 cash prize along with a paid trip to the upcoming AVMA Convention in Boston, and Rozen took home a $1,000 cash prize.
The AVMA and its co-sponsors congratulate this year's winners of the Animal Law Writing Contest on their achievements and applaud them and all contest participants for their efforts to further the analysis of legal issues related to the veterinary profession.