Puerto Rico? Yeah, Puerto Rico

Posted by Dana Campbell, ALDF Attorney on March 30, 2009

As mentioned on our website last Fall, Puerto Rico is making some great strides in improving their animal laws, adopting a large portion of ALDF’s model laws in legislation that sailed through nearly a year ago. The island is also ranked in the top tier among states with a good slate of animal laws.

This week I am in Puerto Rico working to take advantage of the growing interest (or is it curiosity? No matter) in Animal Law there by meeting with some attorneys who have formed a coalition devoted to the welfare of animals within the local bar association. I will also be talking about the development and future of animal law in the US at the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico’s School of Law, where we have an active and engaged SALDF chapter. There is also a meeting being arranged with some members of the District Court staff in San Juan who are curious about this developing area of law. Finally, I will be spending some time with the satos and their guardian angels, the lawyers working for the Save a Sato foundation. Check them out.

It promises to be an inspiring, energizing week seeing all the progress being made on behalf of animals in such a short amount of time in such a small place. Maybe there are things we can all learn from Puerto Rico’s example. I’ll report back here later on all the details of this amazing opportunity.


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