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Free Screenings of The Paw Project Documentary


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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Eat Like You Care

eatlikeyoucareAnother exciting book announcement! Friends of the UCLA Animal Law Program who attended our May 2012 conference “Animals and the Law: Multiple Perspectives” will remember our amazing speaker Gary L. Francione, Board of Governors Professor, Distinguished Professor of Law & Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University School of Law. Please join us in congratulating Professor Francione and his co-author Anna Charlton, Adjunct Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law, on the publication of their book “Eat Like You Care: An Examination of the Morality of Eating Animals.”

Professors Francione and Charlton’s work is always compelling, and this book is no exception. The description of the book reads, in part, as follows:

Francione and Charlton argue that if you think animals matter morally—if you reject the idea that animals are just things—your own beliefs require that you stop eating animal products. There is nothing “extreme” about a vegan diet; what is extreme is the inconsistency between what we say we believe and how we act where animals are concerned.

Many of us are uneasy thinking about the animals who end up on our plates. We may have thought about stopping eating animal products but there are many excuses that have kept us from doing so. The authors explore the 30+ excuses they have heard as long-time vegans and address each one, showing why these excuses don’t work. Packed with clear, commonsense thinking on animal ethics, without jargon or complicated theory, this book will change the way you think about what you eat.

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Posted by on June 25, 2013 in advocacy, animal rights, vegan


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Mind If I Order the Cheeseburger?

colbFriends of the UCLA Animal Law Program who attended our May 2012 conference “Animals and the Law: Multiple Perspectives” will remember our amazing speaker Sherry F. Colb, Charles Evans Hughes Scholar and Professor of Law at Cornell University Law School. Please join us in congratulating Professor Colb on the publication of her forthcoming book “Mind If I Order the Cheeseburger?: And Other Questions People Ask Vegans.” It looks terrific and is on pre-sale now at The description  of the book reads as follows:

What about plants? Don’t animals eat other animals? There are no perfect vegans, so why bother? If you’re vegan, how many times have you been asked these, and other similarly challenging, questions from non-vegans? Using humor and reason, Sherry F. Colb takes these questions at face value and also delves deeply into the motivations behind behind them, coming up with answers that are not only intelligent but insightful about human nature. Through examples, case studies, and clear-eyed logic, she provide arguments for everything from why veganism is compatible with the the world’s major religions to why vegetarianism is not enough. In the end, she shows how it is possible for vegans and non-vegans to engage in a mutually beneficial conversation without descending into counterproductive name-calling, and to work together to create a more hospitable world for human animals and non-human animals alike.

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Posted by on May 4, 2013 in advocacy, animal rights, vegan


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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 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

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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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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Thank You!

The UCLA Animal Law Program sends a warm thanks to everyone who attended our event Animal Shelter Litigation last night and showed your support for the excellent work of Bruce Wagman and Sheldon Eisenberg and your dedication to helping the animals of Los Angeles County! The handouts provided by the speakers will remain available for viewing and download at

For those at the event last night who asked about resources concerning making public records requests, two great sources are the Los Angeles Times’ Citizens’ Guide to Acquiring California Public Records and the Los Angeles Times’ Pocket Guide to the California Public Records Act. A third great resource, and one that is specific to public records act requests to shelters, is ShelterTrak, which has links to actual PRA requests to LA shelters and documents obtained through PRA requests.

Attorneys and rescuers interested in participating in a discussion and action group for matters concerning animal shelters, please contact us at and we will create a discussion list for collaboration.

Stay tuned for announcements for future events–we hope to see you there!


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