July 15, 2010
As a longtime animal advocate, I was thrilled to discover that an organization like ALDF -- a nonprofit using the legal system to advance the interests of animals -- exists. The field of animal law, which was once barely considered fringe, is quickly going mainstream, and this is in no small part due to the efforts of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. To me, one of the most impressive things about ALDF is they understand that the future of animal law will be entrusted in today’s law students, which is why the organization has pushed for better access to animal law education. Not only are there now more than 100 animal law courses being offered in the US and Canada, but law schools across the county, including Harvard and Yale, have a student chapter of ALDF specifically to support tomorrow’s attorneys, judges, and legislators. ALDF has paved the way for a future in which animals will be accorded one of the most fundamental rights of all: the right not to be abused. From ballot measures like California’s Proposition 2 -- which will ban intensive-confinement devices in factory farms -- to forcing animal shelters to come into compliance with humane standards, nearly all of the major advances for animals in the last decades have been rooted in effective use of the legal system. The Animal Legal Defense Fund has set the bar … and continues to raise it!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
By assisting with their newsletter, I frequently talk to prosecutors, ALDF clients and others who ALDF has helped.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
MY ROLE:General Member of the Public & Supporter.