University of California–Berkeley: Animal Awareness Week


Each
spring, Boalt Hall Animal Law Society (ALS) hosts an Animal Awareness
Week on campus to educate students and faculty at the University of
California-Berkeley about issues involving animals in our society,
the lack of protection that animals have through our existing laws, and
how we can promote the humane treatment of animals. Members also hold a
bake sale, with many vegan options, in order to raise money for their
chapter’s activities.

The event lasts for three days, from approximately
11am until 2pm. Each day centers on one theme, typically divided by
type of animal: Wildlife Day, Factory Farm Day, and Research/Companion
Animal Day. ALS members set up a table and a TV in the student lobby,
show films and pass out brochures about that day’s issues, and try to
have a petition or action alert available specific to that type of
animal/abuse.

This
year, during Factory Farm Day, students signed a petition supporting a
Berkeley City Council resolution against battery cages for egg-laying
hens. ALS then went to the city council meeting with other community
members to present the petition and the resolution passed unanimously.

According to Misti Schmidt, ALS President, “student
response is typically very supportive. Many people are drawn over by
the baked goods and by the films we show, including Peaceable Kingdom, Mad Cowboy, and Off the Chain.”

To read more about this or other Boalt Hall ALS events, please visit their website: www.animallaw.boalt.org.

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