Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) promotes the change in the legal status of nonhuman animals in American society and abroad, advocates for the establishment of animal rights to life and bodily integrity, and works to end exploitation of all nonhuman animals.

We engage in legal research involving questions of animal rights and animal welfare and work to educate the New York University School of Law community about the intersection between animal rights and the law. We encourage the community to challenge the status quo of animals and to pursue lifestyles not involving animal exploitation. We promote nonviolent, responsible living, based on vegan diet and consumer habits.

We establish and maintain relations with the practitioners working on the issues of legal protection of animals and with lawyers working in other areas of law who are willing to assist nonprofit animal rights organizations with legal problems.

Please join us in our efforts to educate ourselves and our community about the field of animal rights law.

SALDF is an affiliate of the national Animal Legal Defense Fund.


Current Campaigns:

Take action now to eliminate battery-cage eggs at NYU!


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Sign up for our list-serv to be updated about upcoming animal-related events at NYU Law School and in the New York City area, as well as about animal-law related news. Generally no more than ten emails are sent out per week, often fewer. Once you've signed up for the list-serv, you can request to subscribe in a digest, so that if multiple emails are sent out in one day you will receive them all in one combined email.

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