Steve Ann Chambers, president of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and a member of the Washington Bar, reports that there has been a recent uptick in the number of states adopting statutes recognizing animals as beneficiaries of valid, enforceable trusts. Florida recently became the latest state to enact such legislation, effective as of Jan. 1. It joins 18 other states with such laws on the books. Legislation currently pending in Connecticut, Delaware and Minnesota is likely to pass.
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