Kindness Counts - Accelerating Animal Advocacy
May 04, 2009 11:30PM
Lewis & Clark opened the first Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter in 1992. Today, it oversees branches at 115 law schools in North America. The reason is student demand. David Favre, an authority in the field who teaches the subject at Michigan State University College of Law, says that most private practice animal law cases deal with dangerous dogs, divorce settlements, purchases or other property-related difficulties.
But, it is the animal rights cases that draw public attention. According to Scott Heiser, criminal justice program director for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, new laws in many states put animal abuse on a par with drunken driving cases; this pre-empts offenders from plea bargaining to a lesser offense. Sources: Associated Press; AmericanHumane.org; reference ASPCA.org.