DCSL Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Sponsors Presentation at Cannon Office Building
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
On April 10, 2013, the UDC-DCSL Student Animal Legal Defense Fund sponsored a panel presentation at the Cannon Office Building on Trending Topics in Animal Law. Julie Case, 3L, gave opening remarks and introduced Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA), a long-life animal rights advocate. Rep. Farr told the audience about his legislative efforts to ban elephants from the circus due to inhumane treatment, animal law’s current expansion to include marine law, and the need for standards on raising eggs. He also wished more lawyers would bring legal challenges through the courts and called on more lawyers to develop an expertise in animal law.
After Rep. Farr’s presentation, Joan Schaffner, Director of the Animal Law Program at George Washington University, introduced the panel speakers and talked about the wide range of bills that encompass animal law including laws targeting pitbull ownership, "ag-gag” bills designed to prevent whistleblowers in the agriculture industry, and the National Park Service killing deer in Rock Creek Park. Eric Glitzenstein, of Meyer, Glitzenstein & Crystal, told the audience there is no national animal protection law with strong enforcement and also called on more lawyers to develop an expertise in animal law. He also discussed the National Park Service killing deer in Rock Creek Park and the importance of studying how renewable energy affects wildlife. Rebecca Cary, a lawyer with The Humane Society of the U.S., talked about horses being killed in slaughterhouses, 7 states that have introduced "ag-gag” bills designed to limit video and photography of animal facilities, and developing a national housing standard for egg-laying hens. Alan Nemeth, Animal Law Professor at American University, talked about the intersection of animal law and family law. He said 25 states and the District of Columbia have passed domestic violence bills designed to protect pets and that family law could develop to include join custody and visitation of pets.