A Voice for the Voiceless: Interview with Dana CampbellPosted 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.