March 2010 Law Symposium Announced

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund at McGill University will be holding an animal law exhibit and symposium March 8-10, 2010 at the McGill Faculty of Law, 3644 Peel Street, Montreal, Canada.

The talks will explore the current state of animal welfare law in Canada and abroad. All talks are open to the public. For more information see their website at:

Experts from three different countries will be speaking:

David Wolfson teaches animal law at Columbia Law School and NYU Law School. He has written extensively on animal law issues and has represented several prominent animal protection organizations, such as the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Farm Sanctuary and the Humane Society of the United States. Mr. Wolfson will be discussing the state of farm animal welfare law in North America.

Dr. Antoine Goetschel is the world’s first and only public animal welfare attorney. He represents the interests of animals in criminal cases as a public official in the canton of Zurich in Switzerland. Specializing in the field of human-animal relationships in the law since 1984, he has played a crucial role in the development of animal welfare legislation in Switzerland, as well as in Switzerland’s constitutional amendment to include protection for animals. Dr. Goetschel will be speaking on the recent developments in animal welfare legislation in Europe and Switzerland.

Alanna Devine is a graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Law and the founder of the McGill chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF). She is currently the Director of Animal Welfare at the Montreal branch of the Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CSPCA) and has been particularly active in the fight against Quebec’s infamous puppy mills. Ms. Devine also serves on a provincial government committee that is considering amendments to Quebec’s animal welfare legislation. She will be discussing the state of companion animal law in Canada and Quebec.

The McGill Student Animal Legal Defense Fund is devoted to providing a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at enhancing the welfare and legal status of nonhuman animals. Their projects include hosting speakers and debates on current issues affecting animals, conducting educational events, and assisting lawyers and organizations in promoting positive change through litigation.