Support the Animal History Museum

AHM friendraiser announcementThe Animal History Museum is the first museum dedicated to understanding and celebrating the human-animal bond. Want to learn more? The Animal History Musuem invites you to come hear about their plans, ask questions, and celebrate with them as they raise a glass of champagne to formally kick off their 2013 fundraising campaign!

When: Friday, January 11, 2013 | 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Armory Center for the Arts | 145 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA
Tickets: $50.00 per person

To order tickets or make a donation, please visit:

Questions? Email the museum at

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Posted by on December 20, 2012 in announcements



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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Gary L. Francione to Speak at the Jain Conference on Bioethics

On Friday, August 24, 2012 from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m., Distinguished Professor of Law and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University School of Law Gary L. Francione will be giving a presentation entitled, “Jainism and Vivisection: The Problems of Moral Relativism, the Defense of Self/Others, and Consequential Analysis” as part of the Jain Conference on Bioethics, to be held at Claremont Lincoln University. Please see the flyer below for additional details about the conference.

To register for this FREE conference, please visit the Claremont Lincoln University’s Jain Studies website at

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Posted by on August 13, 2012 in announcements, philosophy


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Animals and the Law: Multiple Perspectives

The UCLA Animal Law Program is proud to announce its upcoming conference, Animals and the Law: Multiple Perspectives, which will be held at the UCLA School of Law on May 16, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. As detailed below, we have an exciting series of panels featuring leading scholars and practitioners in the fields of philosophy, food policy, and First Amendment law. Admission to the conference is free; parking is $11.00. Seating is limited, therefore those interested in attending are asked to R.S.V.P. using our online form at Parking and directions to the event will be provided upon receipt of registrations.

PANEL ONE: Moral Philosophy: Implications for Animals and Animal Law

Our first panel examines moral philosophical theories that consider the moral importance of animals and humans’ behavior in regards to animals, which is important for guiding and justifying legal reform on behalf of animals. Speakers include: Matthew Calarco, Alice Crary, Gary L. Francione, and Gary Steiner.

PANEL TWO: Food Policy: Implications for Animals and Animal Law

Our second panel considers specific aspects of food law and policy, such as private agreements between food retailers and their suppliers, regulation of antibiotics, and antitrust law enforcement in contexts that affect animals. Speakers include: Michael Roberts, Susan A. Schneider, and William H. Stallings.

PANEL THREE: First Amendment: Implications for Animals and Animal Law

Our third and final panel focuses on the First Amendment. First Amendment law is a factor in many animal contexts, including the legality of proposed laws that would limit access to agricultural business practices and computer game/applications that invite users to engage in animated activities, such as training dogs for dog-fighting, that may desensitize the user or otherwise exacerbate the problems of commodification of animals and permission to engage in cruelty. There is also the question of whether there is a disproportionate silencing of First Amendment speech of those who engage in protest on behalf of animals and those who care about animals. Speakers include: Sherry F. Colb, Michael Dorf, Claudia Haupt, and Seth Kreimer.

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UCLA Animal Law Society Presents: Seeing Red

The UCLA School of Law’s Animal Law Society and Environmental Law Society are proud to announce that world-renowned primatologist, Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas, will speak at the UCLA School of Law this Thursday evening, April 19, 2012. For almost four decades, Dr. Galdikas has studied and worked closely with the orangutans of Indonesian Borneo in their natural habitat, and is today the world’s foremost authority on the orangutan.  She leads the organization Orangutan Foundation International,, and has been featured on the cover of National Geographic twice for her work with these magnificent creatures.

Unfortunately, as a result of poaching and habitat destruction, viable orangutan populations are on the edge of extinction and could be gone within the next 10 years.  As President of OFI, Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas has studied orangutans longer than any other person in human history and has worked ceaselessly to save orangutans and forests, and to bring orangutans and their plight to the attention of the world.

Please join us for this special event!

This event is sponsored by:

UCLA GSA Sustainable Resource Center
UCLA Center for Tropical Research
The Animal Law Society at UCLA School of Law
The Environmental Law Society at UCLA School of Law
UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

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Posted by on April 16, 2012 in announcements, legal education


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Welcome NALC Competitors and Guest Judges!

UCLA School of LawThe UCLA Animal Law Program extends a warm welcome to everyone visiting our beautiful campus this weekend to participate in the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark’s 9th Annual National Animal Law Competitions! Special thanks go to Liberty Malkani and Laura Handzel from the Center for their tireless efforts in organizing the event, as well as members of the UCLA Animal Law Society for their assistance.

Best of luck to all of the competitors!

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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in animal law moot court



9th Annual National Animal Law Competitions Start Next Week!

From February 24-26, 2012, the UCLA Animal Law Program will have the honor of hosting the Lewis & Clark’s Center for Animal Law Studies’ 9th Annual National Animal Law Competitions (NALC)! The NALC provides law students from schools across the county an opportunity to develop knowledge in the field of animal law while honing their written and oral advocacy skills. The event features three separate competitions:

  1. Legislative Drafting & Lobbying Competition;
  2. Closing Argument Competition; and,
  3. Appellate Moot Court Competition.

To view a schedule of the events, please click HERE. Members of the public are invited to attend the final competition rounds taking place at the UCLA School of Law on Sunday, February 26, 2012, as well as the NALC Awards Ceremony that will follow.