Student Animal Legal Defense Fund


April 2009 Events:


Purchase Power: Using Consumer Laws to Protect Animals

Friday - April 3, 2009
1:00-5:00 p.m.
New York University School of Law
Lester Pollack Colloquium Room, 9th Floor Furman Hall
245 Sullivan Street, Manhattan
Jon Lovvorn - Humane Society of the United States
Bonnie Robson - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Cheryl Leahy - Compassion Over Killing
Sarah Conant - Humane Society of the United States
Moderator: Delcianna Winders - Farm Sanctuary
In the United States, there are few laws protecting animals from abuse, particularly where mistreatment is the industry standard.  In response, consumers who want to buy animal-friendly products rely on labels like "Animal Care Certified" and slogans about "happy cows" to decide what to buy.  So when it turns out that "Animal Care Certified" is equivalent to battery cages, missing feathers, and burned beaks, those consumers turn to the courts for a remedy.
This workshop will examine whether consumer laws can be used successfully to protect animals and the people who love them. Practitioners will discuss recent and ongoing cases against behemoths such as the United Egg Producers and and will debate the future role of consumer protection laws in protecting animals.  The talks will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Delcianna Winders from Farm Sanctuary.
Sponsored by the NYU Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, NYU Environmental Law Society, NYU Law Open Meditation and Yoga Association, NYU Health Law Society, Brooklyn Law School Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, New York Law School Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, and Pace Law School Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.
This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is requested.  For more information or to RSVP, email




Previous Events



Peter Young

: Imprisoned for Activism

Wednesday, October 29, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square Sout


Political prisoner Peter Young talks about his imprisonment under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.  Vegan refreshments will be served.

Animal rights activist Peter Young is the first person convicted of Animal Enterprise Terrorism. His charges relate to fur farm raids in Iowa, South Dakota, and Wisconsin in 1997. He was in hiding for seven years before being arrested in San Jose and serving two years in prison.

Enacted despite an impassioned outcry from free speech proponents and the activist community, the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act singles out animal rights activists for special sanctions and brands them "terrorists." Since being released from prison last year, Peter Young has sought to raise awareness of the Green Scare – legal action by the United States government against radical environmentalist and animal rights activism under the banner of anti-terrorism measures.

Sponsored by the NYU Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, NYU Environmental Law Society, Students for Education on Animal Liberation, and the Pace Law School Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.



Vegan Drinks


Thursday, October 30, 7:00 pm


Meet up at the law school and then mingle with other vegans at this monthly social networking event.







Friday, November 7, 6:00 pm


Join us at New York Law School for a screening of the carriage horse documentary "Blinders," followed by talks by Council Member Tony Avella and John Phillips, Exec. Dir. LOHV-NYC.



Recap of

Animal Law Conference at Lewis & Clark

Thursday, November 13, 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 201


Jessica and Melanie recently returned from an invigorating Animal Law Conference at Lewis & Clark Law School.  Since many of you could not make it out to Oregon for the conference, we'd like to recap the sessions we attended at a SALDF meeting this semester. 

We will also be sharing conference materials. Please bring a blank CD if you would like a copy.

If anyone from outside of the law school is interested in attending, let us know and we'll give your name to the front desk so you can enter the building. 



SALDF Board Candidates Meeting

Tuesday - March 10, 2009
4:00-5:00 pm
V Bar, 255 Sullivan Street


The current SALDF board -- Melanie, Melissa, Kevin, Lars, and Jessica -- will be at V Bar, to meet candidates for next year's board and answer any questions you may have.  Attendance is optional, but highly recommended if you're considering applying for a board position.  Come join us for a coffee or a beer!
All rising 2Ls and 3Ls are invited to apply for the board by submitting a personal statement to by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 13.  If you are interested in a specific position, please indicate that in your statement.  (This year's positions were co-chair, treasurer, campaigns coordinator, publicity coordinator/ secretary, and legal projects coordinator; we may combine them or add new positions next year.)
Hope to see you at V Bar! 


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