Adrienne Dell on the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

As a defense attorney and an animal lover, I am a longtime supporter of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Since its founding in New York City in 1886, this non-profit organization has been dedicated to defending the rights of animals in the United States. 

While the group’s early activities focused on improving treatment for horses and livestock, it was not long before its focus broadened to include dogs, cats, and roosters used in cockfighting. Though much has changed since its inception, the ASPCA continues to work to ensure that all animals are treated in the kind and humane manner to which they are entitled. In addition to educational efforts, such as community outreach and anti-cruelty initiatives, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty through direct involvement using its legal authority to investigate and prosecute groups and individuals guilty of crimes against animals.

To determine whether the treatment of an animal in a particular situation is humane, the ASPCA makes evaluations based on the Five Freedoms:
• Freedom from Hunger and Thirst
• Freedom from Discomfort
• Freedom from Pain, Injury, or Disease
• Freedom to Express Normal Behavior
• Freedom from Fear and Distress

Using these key factors, the ASPCA is able to assess whether or not an animal’s living conditions meet its physiological, behavioral, social, and emotional needs.

About the Author:

Adrienne Dell is currently a sole practitioner working out of the Law Offices of Adrienne Dell in San Jose, California. Ms. Dell attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

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Adrienne Dell on Capital Punishment

As a member of Death Penalty Focus, I share their mission of ending capital punishment in the United States through education, research, political advocacy, and media outreach. We believe that once the public becomes aware of the human and financial costs connected with the death penalty, the United States will abolish capital punishment and join the majority of countries around the world in banning this ineffective, discriminatory practice. Here are just a few of the reasons we believe the death penalty should be abolished:
• Executions cost taxpayers more than do life sentences without parole
• Scientific studies have failed to show that capital punishment prevents more crime than long sentences
• Evidence shows that innocent people have been executed
• Race, both of the defendant and of the victim, has been shown to impact the likelihood of receiving a death sentence
• The facts of a crime play less of a role in determining a death penalty case than do politics, quality of legal counsel, and jurisdiction
• Money spent on capital punishment could instead be used to help grieving families through counseling and restitution

About the Author:

Adrienne Dell was admitted to the California State Bar in 1985. The Law Offices of Adrienne Dell are located in San Jose, California.

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Adrienne Dell: The Importance of Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

As a strong supporter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, San Jose, California, attorney Adrienne Dell understands the importance of spaying and neutering pets.

1. Spaying and neutering helps to control the animal population. About six to eight million homeless animals enter shelters each year, and about half must be euthanized.

2. Spaying and neutering can offer health benefits for some animals, such as reducing the risk of cancer and warding off certain infections.

3. If you own a male dog, it will be less inclined to roam away from your property to search for a mate, increasing the animal’s safety.

4. Spaying and neutering can lead to better pet behavior, reducing the likelihood of activities like marking territory (often the inside of your home) by spraying urine.

5. The cost of a spaying or neutering procedure is typically less than that of caring for an unwanted litter.

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