A Voice for the Voiceless: Interview with Dana Campbell

Posted by Jennifer Molidor, ALDF Staff Writer on November 13, 2014

Last month, ALDF sat down with Dana Campbell at the 2014 Animal Law Conference at Lewis & Clark Law School, where she is an adjunct professor of animal law and teaches classes about the link between human and nonhuman animal violence. Previously, Dana served as the first CEO of Voiceless, the Australian national “think-tank” on animal law. Before that, Dana was a senior attorney with ALDF for more than a decade, an adjunct professor at Cornell Law, and formerly served as a deputy district attorney in Oregon and Hawaii.

What changes for animals in the U.S. has she seen in that time? “We’ve gone from a handful of states that have felony sanctions against animal abusers to all 50 states that now punish aggravated animal abuse as a felony.” That’s a step in the right direction for animal law, Dana says. But animal law still remains a bit “schizophrenic” in the protection it provides animals. “We have a number of laws in place that protect the animals that are warm and fuzzy and cute, that we share our homes with—and almost no laws that protect the animals that we eat or that we wear or that entertain us.”

Yet, she remains optimistic, she says, and sees a major change in the way people view animals—and the way our laws protect animals. Our attitudes are changing, our awareness is growing, our laws are adapting, and she has great hope for the future of animal law. See more of our interview with Professor Campbell.


5 thoughts on “A Voice for the Voiceless: Interview with Dana Campbell

  1. susan hills says:

    Not enough is being done to protect the wild animals,if these laws are mandatory in 50 states,we should be exercising those rights immediately.

  2. Sally VanGundy says:

    I was wondering if you knew if there were any legal ramifications to creating an animal abuse site where it could be checked before animals could be purchased, adopted etc. by someone

  3. WAU says:

    How right is every of the lots of animal protected organizations and you as well, of course.

    Absent is in all of the brave signers for animal petitions that O N E (organization or overhead of all of them) similar as the Word police UNO IS ABLE TO COLLECT that many of signatures from petitions together in ONE DOCUMENT HAVING THE POWER TO CHANGE all of these cruelties AS THE LAST SENTENCE.

    How many petitions were signed for Tony (or other cases like Orcas …..) from how many different organizations without any result or less success for the working hours of so much people are signing day for day.

    ALL OF LIVING CREATURES NEEDS A SUSTAINABLE PROTECTION ALL OVER THE WORLD!

    Who could be able to fill out this challenge is the question!

    GOOD THAT THE ABILITY IS POSSIBLE TO BRING SOME CONSTRUCTION TO SOME PLANET – FOR WHOM – ?????

    HOPING THAT SOME START TO DO THIS JOB & PRAY ?? WHAT ELSE CAN LOTS OF CITIZEN WAITING FOR??

    Regards

  4. Pat LaStrapes says:

    It’s most encouraging and uplifting to have such enlightened role models in the fight against animal cruelty. Thank you, Dana, for everything you do.

  5. lilly deras says:

    If you witness animal abuse report it immediately. Be willing to go to court if necessary. Help defend those who can not alone.

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