Virtual Animal Law Symposium 2022


On April 29 – 30, 2022, the Animal Legal Defense Fund hosted the two-day online symposium, featuring panels on legal protections for wild animals, community advocacy, international wildlife treaties, aquatic life, and more.




The Emergence of Aquatic Animal Law

Historically, aquatic animals have been left out of conversations surrounding law, statistics, and compassion despite their known sentience and the prevalence of their exploitation. However, acknowledgment of aquatic animals in law, science, environment, and health has become more mainstream in recent years. Join Kathy Hessler for an interactive discussion on current issues and future opportunities in aquatic animal protection.

  • Kathy Hessler, Clinical Professor of Law and Animal Law Clinic Director, Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School
  • Moderator: Amy P. Wilson, Executive Director, Animal Law Reform South Africa
  • Welcome remarks by Kathleen Schatzmann, Strategic Legislative Affairs Manager, Animal Legal Defense Fund



Intersection of Wildlife & Human Populations

Urban and suburban sprawl are reducing the buffer between native species — like wolves and coyotes — and residential and business developments. This encroachment on wildlands requires policies that protect existing species and behavioral modifications on our part to limit encounters. Join us for a discussion on the science behind canids, working with industry professionals on non-lethal approaches, and the co-existence of humans and wildlife in shared spaces, including potential roles for wildlife services and ending killing contests.

  • Dr. Bridgett M. vonHoldt, Associate Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University
  • Zack Strong, Senior Staff Attorney, Terrestrial Wildlife, Animal Welfare Institute
  • Dr. Michelle Lute, National Carnivore Conservation Manager, Project Coyote
  • Moderator: Daniel Waltz, Managing Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund



International Wildlife Coalitions

A global approach to animal, environmental, and public health is necessary to stabilize and reduce our impact on the planet. International wildlife coalitions are an opportunity for both government and nonprofit organizations to work together for the betterment of animals, biodiversity, and our future. Join panelists working on an international level to examine the challenges, differences, and opportunities for growth within these conventions, including strategic opportunities, progress and impacts, and possible solutions moving forward.

  • Tanya Sanerib, International Legal Director, Center for Biological Diversity
  • Zak Smith, Senior Attorney & Director, International Wildlife Conservation, National Resources Defense Council
  • Dr. Rajesh K. Reddy, Animal Law Program Director, Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School
  • Moderator: Nicholas Fromherz, Adjunct Professor & Latin American Program Director, Global Law Alliance for Animals and the Environment, Lewis & Clark Law School



The Future of Infrastructure & Wildlife Protection

Civil engineering takes numerous human centric needs into consideration — but rarely address the impacts on native wildlife, including their territories and migration routes and their continued access to true natural resources. Join us as panelists discuss the role wildlife plays in infrastructure at the federal, state, and local levels, including the Wildlife Corridors Act, new programs stemming from the Infrastructure, Investment, and Jobs Act, and questions regarding fiscal responsibility. Advocates will also learn how to take action in their own communities.

  • Renee Callahan, Executive Director, Animal Road Crossing (ARC) Solutions
  • Alicia Prygoski, Senior Legislative Affairs Manager, Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Moderator: Kathleen Schatzmann, Strategic Legislative Affairs Manager, Animal Legal Defense Fund


Register for the Animal Law Symposium: Washington, D.C.

This hybrid in-person and virtual event will feature panels on recent animal law issues before the courts.


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