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Agenda & Resources for Virtual Animal Law Symposium 2021

COVID-19 and Animals

April 23 – 24, 2021


Friday, April 23, 2021 

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. PT / 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET
Rethinking Our Relationship with Animals to Reduce the Likelihood of the Next Global Pandemic

Dr. Aysha Akhtar, President and CEO, Center for Contemporary Sciences

Welcome remarks by Stephen Wells, Executive Director, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Moderated by Stephanie Harris, Senior Legislative Affairs Manager, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Join public health expert Dr. Aysha Akhtar for a conversation about COVID-19 and how our troubled relationship with non-human animals increases the risk of zoonotic disease outbreaks.

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10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT / 1:45 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Zoonotic Diseases and Factory Farming

Delcianna Winders, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Animal Law Litigation Clinic Director, Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School
Christine Ball-Blakely, Staff Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Galina Hale, Professor of Economics, University of California at Santa Cruz

Moderated by Cristina Stella, Managing Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund

COVID-19 has shone new light on the issues surrounding the treatment of animals in factory farms. This panel will discuss three similar, yet distinct, issues within factory farming during the pandemic: conditions within factory farms and industrial slaughterhouses, “depopulation” methods, and government subsidies.

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Saturday, April 24, 2021

10:00 – 11:15 a.m. PT / 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. ET
Zoonotic Diseases and Captive Wildlife

Daniel Waltz, Senior Staff Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Claire Tonry, Partner, Smith & Lowney PLLC
Catherine Doyle, M.S., Director of Science, Research and Advocacy, Performing Animal Welfare Society

Welcome remarks by Stephen Wells, Executive Director, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Moderated by Alicia Prygoski, Legislative Affairs Manager, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Human interaction with captive animals – both wild-caught and captive-bred – can increase the likelihood of global pandemics, which makes their captivity all the more dangerous. Join legal and rescue experts as they discuss captive animals, with an emphasis on those used for entertainment.

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11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT / 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET
U.S. Laws and the Ongoing Risk of Zoonotic Diseases: A Conversation

Vanessa Shakib, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Advancing Law for Animals
David Rosengard, Senior Staff Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Moderated by Kim Kelly, Legislative Affairs Program Director, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Join us for a round-table conversation to explore the ongoing risks as well as challenges and opportunities to preventing the next pandemic.

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