Helping Animals Through the LawJune 7th, 2007
by: Tamara McElyrea, vice president of Thomas M. Cooley Law
School SALDF chapter
SALDF’s mission is (1) to provide a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system, and raising the profile of the field of animal law (2) to advocate policies and actions for animals that are compassionate and cruelty-free; and (3) to expand visibility, increase awareness and educate the Cooley community about legal and social issues concerning animals.
Michigan is one of the top five states for progressive anti-cruelty laws. All five states have legislated animal cruelty a felony crime, veterinarians must report instances of animal cruelty immediately, and courts can order abusers to undergo counseling. There are three schools in Michigan with active SALDF chapters; Michigan State University, University of Michigan, and the University of Detroit-Mercy, plus 96 other law schools nationwide with chapters. The field of animal law is not a narrow one but is ever expanding to include tort law, criminal law, family law, and environmental law.
SALDF plans to petition the school to add an Animal Law elective, sponsor speaker’s forums on Animal Law issues with the assistance of Attorneys for Animals and the Michigan Bar Association Animal Law Section, promote education to the student body on animal law issues, career opportunities, and how to effect social change through legal advocacy. SALDF plans to encourage collaboration with other SBA groups to promote education about the overlap between human and animal rights issues.
If you have a passion or interest in the protection of animals through the use of the law contact Kate Brindle, President SALDF, firstname.lastname@example.org to join the group.
A quote from Gandhi: "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."