Animal Law and Advocacy

The Animal Law and Advocacy SLP will focus on administrative law advocacy (such as rulemaking petitions, rulemaking comments, and enforcement letters) for issues under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of the Interior (DOI), and possibly other agencies. These agencies have jurisdiction over laws such as the Animal Welfare Act, many laws regulating slaughterhouses and agriculture systems, food safety, and wildlife resource management. For example, the first year’s assignment will involve factual and legal research relating to USDA and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS)’s “fine and dash” policy.  “Fine and dash” policy penalties and license revocations are imposed on facilities regulated under the Animal Welfare Act, but the USDA/APHIS does not account for the disposition of animals leaving them to suffer unknown fates at closed facilities. After researching these issues, students will draft a supplemental rulemaking petition to ask USDA to account for animal disposition/confiscation as part of AWA enforcement actions.

Supervision: Students in Animal Law and Advocacy provide legal services under the supervision of the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Time commitment: 10-20 hours per semester.  

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