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Tuesday, 15 September 2015 17:53

Exciting New and Upcoming Animal Law Developments

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Just because summer is coming to an end doesn’t mean things aren’t heating up in the world of animal protection law. We at World Animal Net are very excited about a number of new developments in the field. Here are our top picks worth mentioning:

warblerOur Hen House Animal Law Podcast

What it is: A podcast that aims to cover interesting animal law related news including some of the latest developments in animal protection litigation and legislation. The podcast is designed to appeal to an audience ranging from practicing lawyers to ordinary people interested in the law domestically and abroad. This podcast is one of the many programs Our Hen House has to offer.

Why we're excited: As recent as a decade ago, animal law was a burgeoning concept, unfamiliar to many. We’re thrilled that there are now enough animal law courses, cases, bills, statutes and experts around the world to make up an entire podcast series. We’re very much looking forward to tuning into this new series.

Animal Law Conference

What it is: As described on its website, the Animal Law Conference is the “central gathering point of the global animal law community.” Hosted annually by Lewis & Clark Law School and the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the conference is often the highlight of the year for aspiring animal law attorneys and practitioners in the field. It is known for featuring some of the most well-known and respected voices in animal law.

Why we're excited: This year’s conference promises to feature “cutting-edge global animal law issues” including strategies for protecting animals in one’s native country. Speakers include experts and practitioners from Kenya, Barcelona, and the European Union among others.

Massachusetts Ballot Initiative for Farm Animals

What it is: A ballot initiative is a way that ordinary citizens can bring about changes in law by approving or rejecting questions that appear on the ballot. If enough signatures are gathered for it to appear on the November 2016 ballot, this particular ballot measure will require that certain farm animals in the state of Massachusetts not be confined to veal crates, gestation crates or battery cages.

Why we're excited: History might be made right in our back yard (our headquarters is in Massachusetts)! What more is there to say?

Coming soon—WAN Model Animal Welfare Law

In the very near future, World Animal Net will be releasing the text of its own model animal welfare law. Drafted by two of our own experts and reviewed by numerous professionals in the field, we hope this will be a useful tool to the global animal protection community. Stay tuned!

Akisha Townsend Eaton

Akisha is World Animal Net’s senior policy and legal resource advisor. Prior to joining the organization, she served as assistant legislative counsel at the Humane Society of the United States. In addition to her role at World Animal Net, Akisha is a legislative consultant, Associate Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, and a member of the American Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee. She received her B.A. from Stanford University, and her law degree from Georgetown University.


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