The Animal Legal Defense Fund is a national non-profit group founded in 1979 with the unique mission of protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. Students in the UDC-DCSL Chapter join the ranks of hundreds of other Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter members nationwide, taking on projects such as: advocating for the addition of animal law courses to curriculums; hosting speakers, debates, panels, and conferences; writing law review articles for journals dedicated to animal law; tabling on campus to raise awareness about animal issues; and volunteering to do legal research and writing for local law firms.
What is animal law?
More and more law students and attorneys are looking to use their degrees to protect and advance the interests of animals, and to recognize that, despite animals’ legal categorization as "property,” there are special relationships between humans and animals that the law should account for. Animal law is a combination of statutory and case law in which the nature – legal, social or biological – of nonhuman animals is an important factor. Animal law encompasses companion animals, wildlife, animals used in entertainment and animals raised for food and used in research. Animal law permeates and affects most traditional areas of the law – including tort, contract, criminal and constitutional law.