A Few Words about "The Future of Animal Law"

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A Few Words about "The Future of Animal Law"

By Bee Friedlander on Animals and Society Institute

This past weekend over 200 attorneys, law students, academics and others gathered at Harvard Law School for the 3rd "Future of Animal Law Conference," sponsored by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

With such a topic, the organizers had to decide whether to make the sessions broad or deep. They charted a middle course: for example, nearly 3 hours was devoted to farmed animal issues with shorter sessions on companion animals, primates and cruelty prosecutions. Some panels dealt with nuts-and-bolts discussions of cases and statutes, while others explored the larger issues (for example, the session on "Defining the Second Wave of Animal Law"). You can see the agenda here.

Herewith is a very selective discussion of the conference with emphasis on the farmed animal session.

Based upon the enthusiasm, dedication, intelligence and creativity of the participants and attendees, I'd have to conclude that the future of animal law is strong.

Oh, and by the way, the (vegan) meals were delicious!