Agenda

Factory Farming: Impacts on Animals, Humans, and the Environment

A symposium presented by the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the USC Gould School of Law Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

All symposium sessions took place in Room 3 of the Musick Law Building at USC Gould School of Law in downtown L.A. Lunch and the Networking Reception were held in the Student Lounge/Café.

7:45-8:45 a.m.
Registration & Continental Breakfast

West Lobby (1st floor), Musick Law Building, USC Gould School of Law

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8:45-9:05 a.m.
Welcome & Introduction
Room 3 (basement level), Musick Law Building, USC Gould School of Law
Robert K. Rasmussen, dean and Carl Mason Franklin chair in law, and professor of law and political science, USC Gould School of Law
Stephen Wells, executive director, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Lindsay Larris, Los Angeles regional director, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Introductions by: Donna DiCarlantonio, treasurer and event coordinator, PAWLaw SALDF chapter, USC Gould School of Law

9:05 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
CAFOs – Animal Protection Perspective

Room 3 (basement level), Musick Law Building, USC Gould School of Law
Carter Dillard, director of litigation, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Chris Green, director of legislative affairs, Animal Legal Defense Fund
T.J. Tumasse, manager of investigations, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Moderator: Pamela Hart, Animal Law Program director, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) (commonly called “factory farms”) are massive industrialized operations that control how the livestock industry raises and markets 10 billion animals per year in the U.S. for meat, eggs, and dairy products. This panel of experts explained how CAFOs impact the animals, and what federal and state laws (or lack thereof) allow this treatment to continue. Included in this discussion was a review of legal strategies and current litigation to challenge harmful CAFO practices. We also provided an update on “ag gag,” the agricultural industry’s effort to silence its critics, and legal efforts to counter the attack.

11:00-11:15 a.m.
Break

11:15-12:00
Degrees of Difference
Ethan Brown
, CEO and co-founder, Beyond Meat
Introduction by: Kelsey Eberly, litigation fellow, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Room 3 (basement level), Musick Law Building, USC Gould School of Law

12:00-1:00 p.m.
Lunch
Student Lounge/Café with overflow seating in Room 7 (basement level), Musick Law Building, USC Gould School of Law
Introduction & Announcements:
Nicole R. Pallotta, Ph.D.
, student programs coordinator, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Elizabeth Tissot, Los Angeles SALDF regional representative, Animal Legal Defense Fund; 2016 J.D. Candidate, UC Irvine School of Law

1:00 – 2:45 p.m.
CAFOs – Human Protection Perspective

Room 3 (basement level), Musick Law Building, USC Gould School of Law
Leslie Brueckner, senior attorney, Public Justice
David Simon, lawyer, advocate and author, Meatonomics
Paige Tomaselli, senior staff attorney, Center for Food Safety
Moderator: Tom Linney, pro bono coordinator, Animal Legal Defense Fund

CAFOs impact the health and well-being of most American food consumers, small family farmers, the workers in the facilities, and farming communities. This panel addressed the true costs of CAFOs, including the hidden economic and political forces behind CAFOs that have increased Americans’ demand for meat. The panel also exposed  the human health risks caused by the massive overuse of antibiotics in farmed animal feed, as well as increased risks of salmonella, E. coli, and other health risks caused by this food production system. The discussion included a review of legislation, litigation, and legal strategies related to the negative impacts of CAFOs on humans.

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.
Break

3:00 – 4:45 p.m.
CAFOs – Environmental Protection Perspective

Room 3 (basement level), Musick Law Building, USC Gould School of Law
Lynn Henning (absent), regional grassroots coordinator, Socially Responsible Agriculture Project
Kathy Hessler, clinical professor of law and Animal Law Clinic director, Lewis & Clark Law School
Elisabeth Holmes, attorney, Blue River Law, P.C
Moderator: Lindsay Larris, Los Angeles regional director, Animal Legal Defense Fund

From sea-to-not-so-shining-sea, CAFOs produce 2.7 trillion pounds of animal waste (urine and manure) each year. Over 30,000 miles of rivers and over 200,000 acres of lakes and reservoirs in the U.S. have been degraded by CAFO waste. Our air quality is also suffering, with the emission of over 160 gases from CAFO waste. CAFOs are an important contributor to greenhouse gasses and climate change. This panel of environmental experts described how CAFOs are damaging our environment, who bears the cost of the clean-up, and what efforts are at the forefront of fighting to change this system.

4:45 – 5:00 p.m.
Break

5:00 – 5:45 p.m.
Closing Keynote Presentation

Room 3 (basement level), Musick Law Building, USC Gould School of Law
Will Potter, journalist and author, GreenIsTheNewRed.com
Introduction by: Lora Dunn, staff attorney, Criminal Justice Program, Animal Legal Defense Fund

5:45– 5:55 p.m.
Closing Remarks

Room 3 (basement level), Musick Law Building, USC Gould School of Law
Lindsay Larris, Los Angeles regional director, Animal Legal Defense Fund

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Networking Reception

Student Lounge/Café (basement level), Musick Law Building, USC Gould School of Law

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