ALDF-Los AngelesPosted by Stephen Wells, ALDF Executive Director on October 9, 2014
At the end of September, the Animal Legal Defense Fund hosted a reception in Los Angeles to celebrate our 35th anniversary and to mark the beginning of our new regional network in the Southern California hotspot. Joining us were animal-loving celebs, like our emcee for the night actress Elaine Hendrix (The Parent Trap, Anger Management), actress Kristen Renton (Sons of Anarchy), and Jackson Galaxy (“the cat whisperer” and host of Animal Planet’s hit show My Cat from Hell). Also joining us at the event was the founder of ALDF—aka the Mother of Animal Law—Joyce Tischler.
For 35 years, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has been fighting to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. Over the years, Los Angeles has played an important role in our work. And LA has led the country in legislation to protect animals like the ban on cruel bullhooks and puppy mills. A few weeks ago, ALDF filed a lawsuit against Barkworks, the Southern California pet store chain that has been lying to customers and selling puppies from puppy mills for years.
We’ve also successfully lobbied in Riverside County to deny the Great Bull Run the permits needed to hold their abusive event in Southern California. And we are suing UCLA to require disclosure of basic public records about animal testing at that public university. Similarly, ALDF filed a friend of the court brief on behalf of the City of West Hollywood, when it was hit with a lawsuit by a boutique called Mayfair House that wanted to continue to sell cruelly-produced animal fur, despite the City’s 2011 ban on the sale of animal fur products.
That’s why the Animal Legal Defense Fund is expanding its presence in Los Angeles area, by bringing together local members of our national attorney network and our amazing LA area student chapters. This network will advance ALDF’s mission, host local events, offer CLE (“continuing legal education” for attorneys) activities and speaking engagements, and develop collaborations with local animal protection organizations. In the coming months ALDF will hire a regional representative for the Los Angeles region and we are excited to embark on this new development.