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Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF)

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Our Mission: Helping Animals through the Law

As a student chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, SALDF is devoted to enhancing the welfare and legal status of all nonhuman animals. Our primary goal is to educate ourselves and others concerning the issues and laws that affect animals and help to influence positive change.

What We Do                                    

We seek to provide a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship, aiming to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system, and striving to raise the profile of the field of animal law.  

We coordinate opportunities for animal law pro bono work, community service, and activism, and we hold many informative and celebratory events throughout the year that promote critical thinking about animals’ various relationship to humans and exploration of our legal duties to the animals in those relationships.  Additionally, we play in integral role in planning and hosting the annual Animal Law Conference, the nation’s first and longest-running conference dedicated to animal law.

How to Join Us

(1) Come to our bi-weekly meetings on campus!  See our calendar of events or just e-mail us to find out when and where the next meeting is.

(2) Join our listservs! 

  • SALDF Student Listserv:  Stay on top of current projects, opportunities, news, and events: To subscribe, send this e-mail the following in the message: “subscribe saldf-students.”  Or email us and we will add you!
  • Animal News & Action Alert:  Stay up-to-date with local, national, and international animal news, events, action alerts, internship openings, and
    more by signing up for our weekly news and action alert: To subscribe, send this e-mail with only the following in the message: “subscribe saldf-list.”   Or email us and we will add you!

(3) Keep in touch with the group by “liking” our official Facebook Page!

(4) If you have any questions at all, e-mail us!