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November 26, 2013
2013 Animal Law Conference
This October, the Animal Legal Defense Fund co-hosted the 21st Animal Law Conference at Stanford University in collaboration with the Center for Animal Law Studies. We are excited to share some of the highlights from this one-of-a-kind world class weekend of animal law luminaries. With some of the world's most innovative entrepreneurs in attendance, this was definitely an event not to be missed. If you couldn't make it to Stanford, you can still watch all the session talks, panelist interviews, and the keynote speech by renowned TV journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell.
To watch this special message from Jane Velez-Mitchell, and the rest of the talks given at the 2013 Animal Law Conference, click on the player below.
You can watch all of the videos on full screen on our YouTube channel and our website. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to see all of the new videos we post going forward.
Tell the World Why You Signed the Animal Bill of Rights
If you are an ALDF supporter, chances are you have already signed the Animal Bill of Rights and seen our new Animal Bill of Rights video. We recently celebrated the first Animal Bill of Rights Week with several online actions to raise awareness about the Animal Bill of Rights. Join us!
Tell the world why you signed the Animal Bill of Rights! The Animal Legal Defense Fund kicked things off by gathering Animal Bill of Rights signatures at a few local events, and asking people to share the reason why they signed. The responses were amazing! Take a look at the photo album by clicking on the image below.
Want to participate in our Animal Bill of Rights action? All you need is a marker, piece of paper, and a camera.Visit our website to get instructions on how participate in telling the world about the Animal Bill of Rights!
Fur Flies in West Hollywood Showdown over City Ban
ALDF filed a "friend of the court" brief on behalf of the city of West Hollywood, which is the target of a fur-related lawsuit by the high-priced West Hollywood fashion boutique Mayfair House, Inc. In 2011, the City passed an ordinance which bans the sale of all animal fur products within city limits; that ordinance went into effect in September 2013. Mayfair House -- which sells luxury items made from animal fur -- has filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming the ban on fur is unconstitutional. ALDF's brief supports the city's motion to dismiss that lawsuit.
For more than two decades West Hollywood has supported groundbreaking animal welfare laws. In 1989, the city became a "Cruelty Free Zone for Animals" and banned both steel leg-hold traps and animal testing for cosmetics. In 2003, the city outlawed the declawing of cats and other animals, and in 2010 the city banned the commercial sale of dogs and cats. Just this year, West Hollywood banned the commercial display of animals, which effectively banned circuses. After investigating the issue, the city has argued the intense suffering animals endure in the fur industry is inconsistent with a "Cruelty Free Zone," and that cruelty-free fashion alternatives abound.
Get Your ALDF Holiday Card Now
ALDF holiday cards are here! Featuring a rescued cat named Taylor and a rescued dog named Gracie, ALDF holiday cards are the best way to wish a happy holiday to friends and loved ones.
Buy one of our holiday cards today!
The Ghosts in Our Machine: A Film by Liz Marshall
Liz Marshall's new documentary, The Ghosts in Our Machine brings to light the haunting way the "machine" of our modern world transforms sentient beings hidden away in animal abusing industries into mere specters. The Ghosts in Our Machine is a rallying cry for animal advocates and questions the legal status of animals as property. ALDF is thrilled to be a campaign partner supporting the film, which opened in the U.S. in New York City on November 8, and in Los Angeles on November 15.
Marshall's film chronicles activist Jo-Anne McArthur's photographic documentation of animals held captive for food and in other industries around the globe. As she demonstrates in the film, the machine of the animal industry includes smaller farms and large industrial facilities, supposedly "humanely" raised animals and animals skinned alive in fur farms. This is a film you don't want to miss -- keep an eye on The Ghosts in Our Machine website for announcements about screenings near you.
In This Issue•2013 Animal Law Conference•Tell the World Why You Signed the Animal Bill of Rights•Fur Flies in West Hollywood Showdown over City Ban•Get Your ALDF Holiday Card Now•The Ghosts in Our Machine: A Film by Liz Marshall Be a Partner in Protection!
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