Looking Back at the 2013 Animal Law ConferencePosted by Jennifer Molidor, ALDF's Staff Writer on November 14, 2013
This October, the Animal Legal Defense Fund co-hosted the 21st Animal Law Conference at Stanford University in collaboration with the Center for Animal Law Studies. We are excited to share some of the highlights from this spectacular event that advances animal law by bringing together the top professionals in the field of animal law. With some of the world’s most innovative legal entrepreneurs also in attendance, this was definitely an event not to be missed. If you couldn’t make it to Stanford, you can still watch all the session talks, panelist interviews, and the keynote speech by renowned TV journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell. New Animal Law Conference videos are being uploaded every day, so subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified as they go live.
Jane Velez-Mitchell—a tireless animal advocate, vegan, and host of her own cable news show on Headline News—lent her expertise as the weekend’s keynote speaker, urging animal advocates to push the envelope in our cases and campaigns for animals. ALDF executive director Stephen Wells opened the event by urging the next generation of animal lawyers to take action for animals. As Steve says, “any legal system that relegates living, sentient beings to the status of mere property can never provide real justice.” And that is why it is so important for us to fight for justice for animals within the legal system, and to improve that paradigm.
Another highlight of this weekend’s events was a panel starring ALDF founder and general counsel Joyce Tischler, along with Jen Sorensen from the National Resources Defense Council, law professor Deborah Sivas, and Kathy Hessler, head of Lewis & Clark’s animal law clinic. Together, they addressed important issues in the fight to reform factory farming.
Plant-based foods were also a hot topic. Josh Tetrick, CEO of Hampton Creek Foods and David Benzaquen, founder of Plant Based Solutions, joined Dr. Patrick Brown, a professor of biochemistry from the Stanford School of Medicine. Alternatives to animal testing and our ethical obligations to wildlife were other exciting topics considered during our wide variety of expert panels.
ALDF is thrilled to have had so many innovative and passionate animal advocates in attendance and teaming up with us in our fight to win justice for animals. With the help of our generous donors, and Liberty Mulkani, our conference organizer, this event was one of the great highlights of the year for animal advocates across the country!