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Announcement :: Education
In Wake of Massive Pet Food Recall, Harvard Conference Spotlights "The Future of Animal Law"
27 Mar 2007
Animal Legal Defense Fund Presents the Nation’s Premier Gathering of Legal Luminaries, Academics, and Authors Whose Careers Have Gone to the Dogs
Cambridge, Mass. – For the past two weeks, headlines across the nation have warned of contaminated dog and cat food that has been responsible for the deaths of at least 16 animals nationwide. Following the hubbub of the recall and, for some, the devastation of losing a beloved pet, the question remains: what legal recourse do affected dog and cat owners now have? In an era where the law still regards animals as “property” of little value despite the emotional bonds the majority of Americans claim to have with their pets, animal law has become the leading arena for both intellectual debate and down-and-dirty courtroom battles about the way the law regards and values animals and our relationships with them.

At this weekend’s sold out “Future of Animal Law” conference, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is bringing together many of the great minds at the vanguard of animal law and hundreds of conference attendees for three days of exciting panels and visionary speakers, including keynote addresses from economist, actor, Nixon speechwriter, and political commentator Ben Stein and from Jeremy Rifkin, president of the Foundation on Economic Trends.

When: Friday, March 30 – Sunday, April 1
Where: Harvard Law School

Unheard of just a quarter-century ago, the now burgeoning field of animal law touches on many of the most important legal, ethical, and public policy issues of our day—including the legal options for pet owners whose animals have been killed through negligence or outright cruelty.

“The phones at ALDF have been ringing off the hook with calls from worried pet owners, wondering what legal options are available for those affected by the Menu Foods contamination scare,” says ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. “This weekend’s conference brings together experts from around the world to discuss the most important issues in animal law today, including divorces marked by bitter pet custody disputes, how the law values an animal who has been wrongfully injured or killed, and the cruelty inherent in industrial factory farming.”

For a complete schedule of conference panels and events, including speaker biographies, visit

ALDF was founded in 1979 with the unique mission of protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. For more information, please visit
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