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Free Screenings of The Paw Project Documentary

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Don’t miss the upcoming screenings of the documentary The Paw Project, which will be held on the following dates and times:

OCTOBER 18 – 24
Pasadena’s Laemmle Playhouse 7
673 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101

OCTOBER 19 at 11:00 AM, OCTOBER 20 at 11:00 AM
Laemmle Monica Theatre
1332 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

The Paw Project documentary is an inspiring David and Goliath story of a grassroots movement to protect felines, both large and small, from the cruelty of declawing and how the movement has prevailed despite the efforts of well-funded professional veterinary associations to thwart the movement.

In the United States today, approximately 25% of domesticated cats are declawed. Declawing is the amputation of the last bone in a cat’s toes. Despite the physical and behavioral harm inflicted on cats who are declawed, many veterinarians continue to recommend the procedure — which costs upwards of $1,200 per hour — even for very young kittens.

These are animals we love, and with whom we share our homes. Why aren’t we being told the truth of what the declawing procedure involves? What goes on when the vet takes our beloved companions in the back of the veterinary clinic? The Paw Project documentary chronicles the happy and unexpected twist of fate that led to the protection of many animals through the grassroots advocacy led by Dr. Conrad and The Paw Project.

The Paw Project (2012) – Official Trailer from Paw Project on Vimeo.

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The Paw Project: A Documentary

The UCLA Animal Law Program is proud to announce its screening of the documentary The Paw Project, which will be held at the UCLA School of Law (Room 1420) on October 24, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Paw Project documentary is an inspiring David and Goliath story of a grassroots movement to protect felines, both large and small, from the cruelty of declawing and how the movement has prevailed despite the efforts of well-funded professional veterinary associations to thwart the movement.

The Paw Project

In the United States today, approximately 25% of domesticated cats are declawed. Declawing is the amputation of the last bone in a cat’s toes. Despite the physical and behavioral harm inflicted on cats who are declawed, many veterinarians continue to recommend the procedure — which costs upwards of $1,200 per hour — even for very young kittens.

These are animals we love, and with whom we share our homes. Why aren’t we being told the truth of what the declawing procedure involves? What goes on when the vet takes our beloved companions in the back of the veterinary clinic? The Paw Project documentary chronicles the happy and unexpected twist of fate that led to the protection of many animals through the grassroots advocacy led by Dr. Conrad and The Paw Project. We invite our readers to watch the trailer for The Paw Project documentary [VIDEO].

The screening will be followed by a panel presentation and Q&A session, featuring an exciting panel of speakers, including: filmmaker Dr. Jennifer Conrad, editor Allan Holzman, and David R. Ginsburg, Executive Director of the UCLA Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law Program. Detailed biographies of our speakers are provided below. Admission to the conference is free; parking is $11.00.

Directions to the UCLA School of Law:
Take the 405 to the Sunset Boulevard exit.
Sunset Boulevard (east) to Hilgard Avenue, turn right.
Follow Hilgard Avenue to the Westholme Drive (second light) entrance to the campus.
Turn right on Westholme Drive.
The parking kiosk is immediately on the right.
Please tell the attendant that you are attending an event at the Law School, and you will be directed to the nearest available parking lot (most likely Lot 2).

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Using Political Process for Shelter Reform

The UCLA Animal Law Program is pleased to announce its next event: Using the Political Process for Shelter Reform, which will feature a presentation by leading shelter expert Nathan J. Winograd.

Nathan J. Winograd

Nathan is the Director of the national No Kill Advocacy Center. He is a graduate of Stanford Law School, a former criminal prosecutor and attorney, held a variety of leadership positions including director of operations for the San Francisco SPCA and executive director of the Tompkins County SPCA, two of the most successful shelters in the nation. He has spoken nationally and internationally on animal sheltering issues, has written animal protection legislation at the state and national level, has created successful No Kill programs in both urban and rural communities, and has consulted with a wide range of animal protection groups including some of the largest and best known in the nation. Nathan is the author of three books, Redemption, Irreconcilable Differences, and All American Vegan (co-written with his wife, Jennifer). Redemption won five national book awards and redefined the animal protection movement in the United States.

In his presentation, Nathan will discuss ways to get animal control to shift from a reactive, public health model of sheltering based on killing, to a proactive one which saves over 90% of all animals, returning “euthanasia” to its dictionary definition. He will also explore how to reform your local shelter to end the killing through an advocacy and political campaign, debunking the myths that allow the current paradigm of killing to continue.

Please join us for this event, which will be held on March 13, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Room 1347 at the UCLA School of Law. There is no charge to attend the event, but it costs $11.00 to park at UCLA. Space is limited to individuals who have pre-registered due to the size of the room in which the event will be held. To submit a request to register for this event, please complete our online registration form at http://bit.ly/zbJo04. If you are an attorney attending the event and wish to receive MCLE credit, please indicate such in the form. Attorneys wishing to receive MCLE credit should arrive early so that we can process the necessary paperwork.

Registrants will be notified of the status of their requests within one week of the submission. For further details about this event, please contact the UCLA Animal Law Program at animallaw@law.ucla.edu.

Directions to the UCLA School of Law:
Take the 405 to the Sunset Boulevard exit.
Sunset Boulevard (east) to Hilgard Avenue, turn right.
Follow Hilgard Avenue to the Westholme Drive (second light) entrance to the campus.
Turn right on Westholme Drive.
The parking kiosk is immediately on the right.
Please tell the attendant that you are attending an event at the Law School, and you will be directed to the nearest available parking lot. The parking charge per vehicle is $11.00.

UCLA School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.

 

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Activism Unleashed: Sutter’s Friends

As mentioned in our previous post, provisions of California’s shelter laws known as the Hayden Law are under attack with a proposed repeal by Governor Jerry Brown as part of the 2012-2013 California Budget. For our readers who are interested in fighting the proposed repeal, we encourage you to visit and “Like” the Facebook Community Sutter’s Friends to find the latest news about the proposed repeal, a sample letter that may be used to draft your own letter of opposition, contact information for our elected officials and tips on effective legislative advocacy, links to petitions you can sign, featured articles by shelter law experts on the proposed repeal, including our own UCLA Law Professor Taimie L. Bryant and No Kill Advocacy Center’s Nathan J. Winograd, and much more.

 
 

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Using the Political Process to Reform Animal Control

SAVE THE DATE: The UCLA Animal Law Program is pleased to announce that on March 13, 2012 it will be hosting a presentation by Nathan Winograd titled “Using the Political Process to Reform Animal Control.” Given the recently announced proposed repeal of provisions of the Hayden Law, California’s laws that govern our shelters, the timing of Nathan’s visit could not be better. To learn more about the history of Hayden, please read Nathan’s recent blog post “California Shelter Animals Under Attack.”

What is at risk in the proposed repeal? Permanent loss of the requirement to provide prompt and necessary veterinary care. Permanent loss of the requirement to hold animals for an extended period to increase opportunites for redemption and adoption. Permanent loss of the requirement to post lost and found lists. And, among other things, permanent loss of the requirement to provide care for animals other than cats and dogs, such as rabbits, hamsters, and other animals commonly kept as pets.

A rationale that has been offered for the Governor’s proposed repeal is that there has been a paradigm shift in our shelters, and that the provisions are no longer needed because shelters will comply with the provisions on their own. Our take on this is that, even if many shelters have adopted Hayden Law principles, many have not. Just as we retain laws against murder even though few people commit murder, we need to retain the Hayden Law even if it is a minority of shelters that ignore principles of basic decency toward animals. But, as those who have attended our programs on issues impacting companion animals know and have reported, it is not possible to contend with any credibility that there has been a complete paradigm shift in animal sheltering in California. Animals continue to die in cages from untreated illness. Basic acts of kindness, such as providing blankets to animals in inclimate weather (when many blankets have been donated), have been deliberately denied.

The Hayden provisions found to be “reimbursable state mandates” have been suspended since Schwarzenegger enacted his 2009 budget. There is, however, a distinct difference between limited suspension and repeal. With a repeal, the provisions will be completely removed from our laws, thereby forever denying shelter animals the chance to share in the future economic recovery of our state.

If you would like to contact Governor Brown to express your opposition to the proposed repeal, please use any of the following means of contacting him. In articulating your opposition, remember the words of Mahatma Ghandi: “Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected” — in other words, be respectful in expressing your opposition and let your message be clear and focused on what is at stake for the animals.

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2012 in advocacy, California, companion animals, shelter law

 

Bruce Wagman, Animal Shelter Litigation

Another round of many thanks to our speaker Bruce Wagman, who also has graciously agreed to make his PowerPoint presentation available to our participants. Thanks to all who helped make our event a success! Stay tuned for future events and news.

 

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Sheldon Eisenberg, Animal Shelter Litigation

Many thanks to our speaker Sheldon Eisenberg, who has graciously agreed to make his PowerPoint presentation available to our participants. Bruce Wagman’s PPT slides soon to follow!

 

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