Animal Law Information Sessions
The Committee held it’s first Animal Law Information Session (ALIS) on 8 May 2008. The aim of the ALIS is to provide information on animal law issues to legal practitioners and law students, with members of the broader community also able to attend.
December 2008 – Celeste Black, Senior Lecturer, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney
On 2 December 2008, Ms Celeste Black, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney, spoke on the topic of “Live Export: Animal Welfare Standards and the Al Kuwait case”. Ms Black put the spotlight on the regulation of live exports and explored areas such as animal welfare standards, the role of live export companies and the Al Kuwait case. Ms Black will be one of the speakers in the Committee’s first ever Animal Law CLE in 2009 as well as offer the first Animal Law course through the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Law.
Please click here for a copy of the handout.
May 2008 – Katrina Sharman, Corporate Counsel for Voiceless
On 8 May 2008, Ms Katrina Sharman, leading Australian animal law expert and Corporate Counsel for Voiceless, spoke on the topic of the “Emergence of Animal Law in Australia – building a new social justice movement”. Ms Sharman’s presentation focused on the conditions in which factory farmed animals live and die, and how the law presently fails to protect those animals from suffering. She also described the rapid growth of animal law in Australia over the last decade.
The session was well attended and Ms Sharman responded to a number of questions from interested attendees.
August 2008 – Peter Steele, Founder and Campaign Director of Animal Saviors
On 21 August 2008, Mr Peter Steele, founder and current campaign director of Animal Saviors, spoke on the topic of "Animal Rights – the Next Great Social Justice Movement". Mr Steele, a former lawyer, focused on areas such as the role to be played by young lawyers, the need to underpin social change with the law, the need for conceptual change from "ownership" of non-human animals to "guardianship" and a resultant duty of care. He also spoke about Animal Saviors' current campaign to end the cruel slaughter of animals for their fur.
The event was extremely well attended and was also filmed by Supreme Master Television.