The UCLA Animal Law Program is proud to announce its upcoming conference, Animals and the Law: Multiple Perspectives, which will be held at the UCLA School of Law on May 16, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. As detailed below, we have an exciting series of panels featuring leading scholars and practitioners in the fields of philosophy, food policy, and First Amendment law. Admission to the conference is free; parking is $11.00. Seating is limited, therefore those interested in attending are asked to R.S.V.P. using our online form at http://tinyurl.com/multipleperspectives. Parking and directions to the event will be provided upon receipt of registrations.
PANEL ONE: Moral Philosophy: Implications for Animals and Animal Law
Our first panel examines moral philosophical theories that consider the moral importance of animals and humans’ behavior in regards to animals, which is important for guiding and justifying legal reform on behalf of animals. Speakers include: Matthew Calarco, Alice Crary, Gary L. Francione, and Gary Steiner.
PANEL TWO: Food Policy: Implications for Animals and Animal Law
Our second panel considers specific aspects of food law and policy, such as private agreements between food retailers and their suppliers, regulation of antibiotics, and antitrust law enforcement in contexts that affect animals. Speakers include: Michael Roberts, Susan A. Schneider, and William H. Stallings.
PANEL THREE: First Amendment: Implications for Animals and Animal Law
Our third and final panel focuses on the First Amendment. First Amendment law is a factor in many animal contexts, including the legality of proposed laws that would limit access to agricultural business practices and computer game/applications that invite users to engage in animated activities, such as training dogs for dog-fighting, that may desensitize the user or otherwise exacerbate the problems of commodification of animals and permission to engage in cruelty. There is also the question of whether there is a disproportionate silencing of First Amendment speech of those who engage in protest on behalf of animals and those who care about animals. Speakers include: Sherry F. Colb, Michael Dorf, Claudia Haupt, and Seth Kreimer.