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  • Pangolins are the world’s most trafficked mammal.
    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.
  • Congressman John Lewis, giving the commencement address at Lewis & Clark Law School in 2008.
    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.
  • 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. 
  • A great white shark swimming in the ocean.
    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.
  • 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.
  • The U.S. imports over 2,000 tons of live frogs annually.

    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.

  • Animal Law LLM class of 2020
    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!
  • Animal Law LLM Candidate, Gladys Kamasanyu
    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. 
  • Pigs too sick or injured to walk should not be slaughtered.
    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. 
  • Elephant mother and calf
    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.