Student Chapter Spotlight

University of Louisville-Brandeis: Vegan Taco Bar and Companion Animal Photo Contest

The The Brandeis Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Chapter is the first and only chapter in Kentucky, and since its inception last spring has been very successful in raising awareness regarding animal related legal issues in Kentucky.

This newly formed chapter at the University of Louisville recently held its first fundraiser. In order to raise money for local animal welfare groups, the chapter sponsored a vegan taco bar which included three tacos, beans, rice, dessert, and a soft drink for only five dollars.

The group also held a simultaneous “companion animal look-alike” photo contest that showcased pictures of guardians with their companion animals, including several faculty members; the pictures drew a lot of attention because students loved seeing their favorite professors with their animal companions. The winner received a gift basket donated from a local business, Three Dog Bakery, and this fundraiser was supported by a $100 Brandeis Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Chapter is the first and only chapter in Kentucky, and since its inception last spring has been very successful in raising awareness regarding animal related legal issues in Kentucky. project grant from Animal Legal Defense Fund. The group anticipates holding a similar fundraiser in the spring due to the success of its recent event.

To promote the fundraiser, in the weeks preceding the event, chapter members posted signs throughout the law school and advertised in the electronic daily newsletter. The turnout was outstanding, and the Brandeis Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Chapter

collected over $400, which it distributed equally between two rural Kentucky rescue groups. One of these groups, Small Dog Rescue and Retirement Home, was actually a catalyst in the creation of the group. Just last year, Brandeis Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Chapter president, Brittany Ducker, adopted an abused Chihuahua from this organization.

Frustrated that the people responsible for dislocating the hip of this sweet dog went unpunished, Brittany decided to begin a chapter of Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Chapter at the University of Louisville law school.

With the help of Professor John Cross and a few dedicated students, the chapter began, and the group spent a great deal of time advertising through posters and small events. With each small meeting, the chapter grew, and after its recent fundraiser, this Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Chapter felt it was only fitting to make its first donation to the organization that, in effect, started it all. The group is very proud of its recent fundraising success and looks forward to future activities that will help to raise awareness of animal rights issues and safeguard the rights of animals in the legal system.

This spotlight was submitted by Brittany Ducker, Brandeis Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Chapter president.

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