Recap: 26th Annual Animal Law Conference

The 26th annual Animal Law Conference was another huge success! The Animal Law Conference is co-presented by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Center for Animal Law Studies, and the Lewis & Clark Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Chapter. Every year, legal professionals and animal advocates from across the country gather to hear from the leading experts in animal law.

This year, the conference was held in the Windy City from October 12-14. The theme, Law and the Farmed Animal: Policy, Advocacy, and Culture, featured thought-provoking panels on a wide range of issues affecting farmed animals including the impact of factory farming on the environment, communities, and climate change as well as the ways anti-cruelty laws can be used to protect farmed animals. Read the full agenda on the Animal Law Conference website.

The conference featured two inspiring keynote speakers. Seth Tibbott, chairman and founder of The Tofurky Company, delivered the Friday keynote address, “Imagining Our Vegan Future,” which discussed the past, present, and future of vegan culture. Jo-Anne McArthur, photojournalist, author, educator, and creator of We Animals, was Saturday’s keynote speaker. Her moving presentation, “Seeing the Victims and Survivors of the Anthropocene,” detailed the intersection of her work as a photojournalist and animal advocate.

The Animal Law Conference would not be possible without our generous sponsors. Thank you to our platinum sponsor, the Brooks Institute for Animal Rights Law & Policy, our gold sponsor Chapman Cubine and Hussey, our silver sponsors, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS), and our bronze sponsors, Carolina Academic Press and Wuxly Movement.

Learn more about the Animal Law Conference and enjoy photos from the event.