Animal Law Clinic

Humane Slaughter Bill in Oregon

The Animal Law Clinic and Aquatic Animal Law Initiative (AALI) have been working on behalf of clients Animal Equality and Mercy for Animals to draft a bill and provide legal expertise relating to the humane slaughter of aquatic animals in Oregon’s aquaculture operations. While scientific evidence shows that fish, cephalopods, and crustaceans have the ability to experience pain, there is currently no federal or state law that addresses the slaughter of these animals. The Humane Aquaculture Slaughter Act aims to alleviate suffering by requiring each animal to be instantaneously and irreversibly stunned prior to slaughter. The Animal Law Clinic and AALI are working with a coalition of advocacy organizations on next steps.

Students Host World Aquatic Animal Day

The Animal Law Clinic and AALI named April 3 as World Aquatic Animal Day to focus global attention on the plight of aquatic animals widely used and abused around the world. This year’s virtual program, The Impact of Our Human Activities on Aquatic Animals, was designed and led by students working with Clinical Professor Kathy Hessler, director of the Animal Law Clinic and AALI. Next year’s theme, Disentangling the Sustainability Myth in Fishing and Aquaculture, aligns with the U.N. General Assembly’s International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Students working in the animal law clinics this year were supported by one or more of the following scholarships: the Dean’s Scholarship; the Discovery Grant; the Evening Tuition Award; the Marcy B. Hertzmark Memorial Scholarship; the Online LLM Environmental Leadership Award; and the Peter Nycum Scholarship.

Protecting Animals

Fall-2021, Protecting Animals

Thought Leadership in Animal Law

Our animal law faculty are involved not just in teaching and clinics, they also educate the world about the issues around animal protection through presentations, conferences, and articles.
Fall-2021, Protecting Animals

Animal Law Litigation Clinic

The Animal Law Litigation Clinic (ALLC) is the only legal clinic in the world that focuses on farmed animal protection and training law students in critical litigation skills.
Fall-2021, Protecting Animals

First Online Animal Law LLM

The Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) extended the reach of its widely acclaimed Animal Law LLM Degree this year. Law graduates and attorneys around the world now have the opportunity to learn from leading animal law experts without traveling to our campus.