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The Center for Animal Law Studies Expands Its Team Fighting for Farmed Animals

The Center for Animal Law Studies welcomes Kathryn (Kate) Schultz as its first staff attorney for the Animal Law Litigation Clinic.

Pamela Hart Steps into New Role as Assistant Dean of the Animal Law Program

Pamela Hart became the new Assistant Dean of the Animal Law Program at Lewis & Clark Law School on January 1, and will continue to serve as Executive Director for the Center for Animal Law Studies.

Center for Animal Law Studies Grads Boost Focus on Animal Law in Asia

Professor of Practice Joyce Tischler sat down with two of her former students—Animal Law LLM alumni (’20), Lyudmilla Shegay, our first student from Kazakhstan, and Zihao Yu, one of our first students from China—to discuss how they are expanding animal law in Asia. Lu and Zihao have recently founded a nonprofit animal protection organization called Institute of Animal Law of Asia. Enjoy this conversation about how Lu and Zihao will pave the way for animals in Asia!

Take Action for Wild Animals

Across the world, wild animals are at risk due to wildlife trafficking, habitat destruction, deforestation, and other forms of exploitation. Each of us have an important role to play in protecting the lives of wild animals. In honor of Wildlife Conservation Day, we’ve created list of ways to take action for wild animals!

Professor’s Paper on Wolf Protections Cited by the New York Times

Professor Dan Rohlf’s interdisciplinary paper, co-authored with Carlos Carroll, Bridgett VonHoldt, Adrian Treves, & Sarah Hendricks, was cited in the October 29, 2020, New York Times article describing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) decision to remove federal protections for grey wolves under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

A Thanksgiving Reflection: What We Can Learn From Farmed Animals

In this blog, Professor of Practice and Animal Law pioneer, Joyce Tischler, shares stories about a few of the memorable farmed animals she’s met over the years, what they’ve taught her, and why she’s hopeful for the future of farmed animal protection.

The 28th Annual Animal Law Conference—Another Success for the Books!

The 28th Annual Animal Law Conference—Impacts On Animals In A Changing Climate—was held October 23-25th and was a “virtual” triumph!

Working At The Roots: How Animal Advocates Can Become Critical Allies Against Domestic Violence and Animal Cruelty

Studies have proven a clear link between domestic violence and animal cruelty. Animal advocates can play an important role in stopping violence to human and non-human animal victims, by becoming allies in the fight against domestic violence.

Capturing the History of the Animal Rights Movement: An Interview with Kim Stallwood

With the tremendous growth in animal law, protection, and education, it can be easy to forget that this movement is still relatively new. Recently, Professor of Practice Joyce Tischler sat down with Kim Stallwood, animal rights activist, author and independent scholar from Britain, to celebrate the exciting news that the Kim Stallwood Archive of research documenting the history of the animal rights movement is becoming part of the British Library’s permanent holdings this fall. Enjoy this conversation between Joyce and Kim!

Legislators Have Given Us a Bipartisan Opportunity to Protect Human Health and Wildlife. We Can’t Afford to Let It Pass Us By.

The Preventing Future Pandemics Act of 2020—a bi-partisan proposal—has taken a significant first step in addressing our dysfunctional relationship with wildlife and nature. In this blog, Erica Lyman, Clinical Professor and Director of our Global Law Alliance for Animals and the Environment, and Senior Staff Attorney Nick Fromherz, make the case for why this bill is necessary and deserves passage into law.

Dr. Raj Reddy Leads Global Animal Law and Animal Law LLM Degree

Dr. Rajesh K. Reddy is stepping into a new role as the Global Animal Law and Advanced Degree Program Director for the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School, after serving as the Animal Law LLM Program Director since 2018.


Making a Difference Through the World’s First and Only Legal Clinic Devoted to Farmed Animal Protection

Annually since 1983, October 2nd is recognized as an international day of observance for farmed animals. At the Center for Animal Law Studies, we’re proud to be at the forefront of farmed animal advocacy every day of the year through our cutting-edge Animal Law Litigation Clinic—the world’s first and only legal clinic devoted to advancing protections for farmed animals. 

Bringing Advocates Together at the 4th Annual Africa Animal Welfare Conference

Earlier this month, professionals and practitioners came together at the 4th Annual Africa Animal Welfare Conference to discuss issues that cut across animal welfare, wildlife and environmental conservation. In this blog, Animal Law LLM (’16) Jim Karani provides an overview of the conference and the presentations by Clinical Professors Erica Lyman and Delcianna Winders.

Global Law Alliance Champions Wild Animals, Wild Spaces at Lewis & Clark Law School

The Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) and the #1 ranked Environmental Law Program at Lewis & Clark Law School have created the Global Law Alliance for Animals and the Environment (Global Law Alliance) as champions for wild animals and wild spaces across the globe. The Global Law Alliance works to protect animals and the environment through the development, implementation, and enforcement of international law.

From Fish to Feed: Our Broken Global Food System

What is the connection between the commercial fishing industry and other forms of industrial animal agriculture? In this blog, Professor Nicholas Fromherz examines the role of Peru’s anchovy industry in propping up destructive and inefficient aquaculture and livestock operations worldwide.

Groundbreaking Litigation Seeks to Extend Formal Personhood Status to India’s Animal Kingdom

Imagine if India’s Supreme Court were to formally declare the country’s entire animal kingdom as legal persons under the law and to require all citizens to stand as their legal guardians to protect them from cruelty and promote their welfare. Litigation pending in India seeks that outcome. In this blog, Professor Rajesh K. Reddy examines this ambitious request and why it holds the promise to effect real change for animals and further set India apart as a world leader in animal law.

Swimming Against the Current: Advocating for Aquatic Animals

Despite widely held beliefs that fish and other aquatic animals do not feel pain, are unintelligent or not sentient, this is simply not the case. Aquatic animals have historically received less consideration and attention than other animals. However, the tide is slowly turning. In this blog, Professor Kathy Hessler and Fellow, Amy P. Wilson, of our Aquatic Animal Law Initiative, share their insights as to why aquatic animals are wrongly disregarded.

Create A More Compassionate World for Animals: The Animal Law Legacy Program

The Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School has launched the Animal Law Legacy Program—an opportunity for charitable giving designed to sustain the future of our work educating the next generation of lawyers to advance animal protection across the globe.

It’s World Elephant Day: Help Keep Elephants in the Wild

Today is World Elephant Day, a day to celebrate these majestic animals who have close family bonds, complex emotional lives, and high levels of intelligence and empathy. In this blog, Professors Joyce Tischler and Erica Lyman address how each one of us can stop the suffering of elephants by keeping them in the wild with their families, where they belong.

Leveraging U.S. Law for the International Protection of Pangolins

Pangolins are the most trafficked mammal in the world. In this blog, Professors Erica Lyman and Nick Fromherz explain why they took action earlier today to protect pangolins through the filing of a petition under the Pelly Amendment in response to the conservation crisis facing pangolins.

Good Trouble: Building a Bigger Tent at the Crossroads of Oppression

Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of the great civil rights icon, Congressman John Lewis. In his 2008 commencement address, he urged Lewis & Clark Law Students to “go out and get into trouble … defending the rights of all humankind”. In this blog, we consider how animal protection advocates can expand our circle of compassion to address oppression, in all its forms—because oppression never exists in a vacuum.

Why We Need a Federal Animal Protection Agency

After years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture was recently required by Congress to restore access to Animal Welfare Act information that it abruptly deleted from its website in early February 2017. In this blog, Professor Delcianna Winders recounts how the information was finally restored, the troubling picture the restored information paints, and why she’s convinced we need a federal Animal Protection Agency. 

It’s Shark Awareness Day: These Often Forgotten Animals Are Given the Spotlight

July 14 is Shark Awareness Day. Here at the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) at Lewis & Clark Law School, we’re honoring the occasion by celebrating this fascinating and important group of animals and sharing how we focus—every day—on protecting the interests of sharks and other aquatic animals. In this blog, Animal Law LLM candidate, Bianka Atlas, shares the importance of sharks, the threats they face, and how we can make a difference.

Kaavan Wins Freedom: An Unprecedented and Progressive Step For Animals

For 30 years, Kaavan—an elephant gifted from the Sri Lankan government to Pakistan in 1985—has been languishing in chains at the Marghzar Zoo. In an unprecedented and progressive step for animal welfare, a High Court in Pakistan has ruled that treating animals cruelly amounts to an infringement of life guaranteed by the Pakistan Constitution and has ordered Kaavan released to a sanctuary. Hira Jaleel, Animal Law LLM (’20), summarizes this groundbreaking decision from her home country of Pakistan.

Why We Must Slam the Brakes on the Wildlife Trade

In this blog piece, Professors Erica Lyman and Nick Fromherz address why the Global North must slam the brakes on the wildlife trade—because human health, wildlife conservation, and international justice demand import moratoria.

What Is Animal Law? Animal Law LLM Thesis Work Showcases Broad Diversity of the Field

The thesis work of our graduating Animal Law LLM Class of 2020 perfectly captures the broad diversity of animal law and demonstrates the many ways that our graduates plan to use their specialized knowledge to improve animal protection in the U.S. and abroad. Please join us in congratulating our graduates on their exceptional thesis work!

Professor Russ Mead Mentors Ugandan LLM Candidate Gladys Kamsanyu Through Creation of Animal Protection Nonprofit

During her time studying at CALS, Animal Law LLM Candidate Gladys Kamasanyu started a nonprofit organization—Help African Animals—to work in her home country of Uganda. Professor Russ Mead, our Shared Earth Foundation Visiting Professor, mentored her throughout the process. In this interview, Professor Mead and Gladys share how their work together inspired this nonprofit and how it will advance animal protection in Uganda. 

Accountability Matters: The USDA’s 18-Year Failure to Regulate Sick and Injured Pigs Must End

Eighteen years ago today—on May 13, 2002—President George W. Bush signed into law a mandate that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) investigate and report to Congress on the issue of downed livestock, and, based on that report, regulate those animals as needed. The USDA has failed to do so. It must be held accountable. 

A Mother’s Love Endures Through All

At the Center for Animal Law Studies, we celebrated Mother’s Day by creating a special video honoring motherhood, with guest appearances by our faculty and staff. We are working to protect animal mothers because all too often our laws fail to protect them.

Professor Writes Oped on Slaughterhouse Kill Rates During COVID

Delcianna Winders, Director of the Animal Law Litigation Clinic, published an op-ed in New York Daily News on April 28, 2020, regarding the Trump administration’s use of the coronavirus as an excuse to loosen meat-processing rules.