Canine CSI

Posted by April Nockleby, ALDF's Online Content Manager on June 15, 2010

In April, attorneys, law students, professors, and activists from around the world convened at Harvard Law School for the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s "Future of Animal Law" conference to explore vital issues relative to animal law and activism. Below is a short clip from the panel “Canine CSI? Advances in Investigating and Prosecuting Cruelty to Animals.” Panelists Scott Heiser, director of ALDF’s Criminal Justice Program, Steve Payne, an Oregon State Police detective and vice president of BKForensics, and Dr. Melinda Merck, a forensic veterinarian for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals discussed the latest tools attorneys have available to them when prosecuting animal cruelty cases, from DNA evidence to the data on the suspect’s cell phone. I can see this outstanding ensemble of experts on an episode of the hit television series CSI already!

Check out this clip of the panel:

The entire “Canine CSI” panel, along with an additional 13 hours of conference coverage, is available to order on ALDF’s website.

Other panels include:

  • Charting a Course for the Protection of Farmed Animals: Legal and Economic Approaches
  • Pet Theories: Breaking New Ground with Companion Animal Law
  • Almost a Person: What Lies Ahead for Chimpanzees?  

Check out the full list of panels here.


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