78 episodes

Join Animal Law professor and longtime activist Mariann Sullivan as she unpacks the latest updates, cases, and news from the burgeoning world of animal law. Mariann will be joined by the leaders in the field, and will offer her own insightful (and sometimes biting) commentary. 912842

Animal Law Mariann Sullivan, Law Professor, Pundit, Vegan

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 89 Ratings

Join Animal Law professor and longtime activist Mariann Sullivan as she unpacks the latest updates, cases, and news from the burgeoning world of animal law. Mariann will be joined by the leaders in the field, and will offer her own insightful (and sometimes biting) commentary. 912842

    Animal Law Podcast #78: The Case of Happy, an Elephant

    Animal Law Podcast #78: The Case of Happy, an Elephant

    On this episode of the Animal Law Podcast, I speak, once again, with Steven Wise, founder and president of the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP). He joins me to talk about a truly extraordinary, potentially groundbreaking, case now pending in the highest court in New York State. As in the other cases Steve has joined us to discuss in the past, the issue here is a matter of whether a particular nonhuman animal, one who can be shown to demonstrate a high level of cognition and autonomy, is entitled to fundamental rights under the common law. More specifically, can an imprisoned elephant named Happy be entitled to a writ of habeas corpus?



    Steven M. Wise  has practiced animal protection law for 30 years throughout the US and is the author of four books: "Rattling the Cage – Toward Legal Rights for Animals;" "Drawing the Line – Science and the Case for Animal Rights;" "Though the Heavens May Fall – The Landmark Trial That Led to the End of Human Slavery;" and "An American Trilogy – Death, Slavery, and Dominion Along the Banks of the Cape Fear River."
    View the full episode with resources here: https://ourhenhouse.org/ALP78.mp3/

    The Animal Law Podcast is released by the nonprofit organization, Our Hen House. Share your thoughts with us on social media! Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@ourhenhouse).

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Animal Law Podcast #77: The Animal Defense Partnership

    Animal Law Podcast #77: The Animal Defense Partnership

    On this episode of the Animal Law Podcast, I speak with David Ebert, co-founder of The Animal Defense Partnerhip, about the work of this "pro bono counsel for animal protection charities." As David points out, the purpose of ADP is not to litigate animal rights issues, but to provide animal protection nonprofits with the legal services that any type of organization needs to function properly. From the process of forming the entity and registering with the IRS, all the way to avoiding fundraising pitfalls, drafting contracts, managing crises, and handling human resources issues, those working for animals have the same legal issues as everyone else. Too often they end up spending their time and effort and money complying with such requirements, rather than being free to do the work that needs to be done to help animals directly. That's when ADP seeks to help out.

    David Ebert founded the Animal Defense Partnership with Joel Litvin after a long and successful career in commercial litigation as a means to devote himself more fully to protecting animals and reducing suffering. Before retiring from practice in October 2019, David litigated complex commercial matters and also served as outside general counsel to several small and midsize companies. Now, in addition to helping many, many animal protection organizations through ADP, David is also a member of the Pro Elephant Network, Rowdy Girl Sanctuary’s Rancher Advisory Coalition, the Board of Advisors for TerraMar Research, and the Advisory Board of FACE, i.e. Free All Captive Elephants).
    View the full episode with resources here: https://www.ourhenhouse.org/2021/10/alp77/

    The Animal Law Podcast is released by the nonprofit organization, Our Hen House. Share your thoughts with us on social media! Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@ourhenhouse).

    • 49 min
    Animal Law Podcast #76: Creating a Sanctuary State

    Animal Law Podcast #76: Creating a Sanctuary State

    On this episode of the Animal Law Podcast, I speak with David Michelson, Oregon-based animal rights activist and chief petitioner of the Yes On IP13 campaign, which is the effort to pass a ballot initiative that would dramatically change the legal landscape for animals in that state. Basically, what they are trying to do is to make Oregon's anti-cruelty law do what it purports to do and what many people erroneously think it already does, i.e., protect animals from cruelty. Sounds like a modest concept, but, as we all know, if they are successful, it would change everything. Honestly, this interview kind of blew my mind and shifted my horizons about what is possible. I hope it does the same for you.

    David Michelson is an Oregon-based animal rights activist operating as the chief petitioner of the Yes On IP13 campaign and serving as director of the petition committee End Animal Cruelty. Originally with a background in psychology and public health, David's dedication to animal rights activism began after bearing witness to the pigs being sentenced to gas chambers as part of the slaughter process. After first joining the animal rights movement in Denver, Colorado as an organizer for street outreach, David has since relocated to Portland.

    View the full episode with resources here: https://www.ourhenhouse.org/2021/09/alp76/

    The Animal Law Podcast is released by the nonprofit organization, Our Hen House. Share your thoughts with us on social media! Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@ourhenhouse).

    • 56 min
    Animal Law Podcast #75: The Case of the Suffering Salmon ft. Piper Hoffman and Jay Shooster

    Animal Law Podcast #75: The Case of the Suffering Salmon ft. Piper Hoffman and Jay Shooster

    On this episode of the Animal Law Podcast, I speak with Piper Hoffman of Animal Outlook and, once again, to Jay Shooster, of the Richman Law Group, about Animal Outlook v Cooke Aquaculture, a consumer protection case brought in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia based in allegations of deceptive advertising about the welfare of fish, specifically the salmon in Cooke’s aquaculture facilities. You may recall seeing some of the footage of the treatment of these salmon when Animal Outlook first released the results of this undercover investigation. You may also recall having heard about it on Our Hen House, our sister podcast, when we had Erin Wing, the undercover operative who took that footage, on to tell us about it back on Episode 587. Now we are covering the next development, i.e., this consumer protection lawsuit that is using the information gathered in that investigation to bely some of the claims made about how these poor fish are treated.

    Piper Hoffman brings more than 20 years of legal experience to bear as the Senior Director of Litigation at national farmed animal advocacy group Animal Outlook. Vegetarian since childhood and vegan since the 20th century, she earned her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she successfully lobbied the school to offer its first Animal Law class. After a federal clerkship, Piper began her animal law career as a staff attorney at the Animal Legal Defense Fund. She has taught Animal Law at New York City law schools since 2014. Piper is especially proud of her past contributions to Our Hen House's website, podcast, and much-missed TV show.

    Jay Shooster is an associate and the Senior Animal Welfare Legal Fellow at Richman Law Group. Jay has represented nonprofits and consumers in numerous cases against large food companies, including Tyson Foods, Kraft Heinz, and Unilever.

    View the full episode with resources here: https://www.ourhenhouse.org/2021/07/alp75/

    The Animal Law Podcast is released by the nonprofit organization, Our Hen House. Share your thoughts with us on social media! Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@ourhenhouse).

    • 49 min
    Animal Law Podcast #74: The Case of the Water-Guzzling Slaughterhouse

    Animal Law Podcast #74: The Case of the Water-Guzzling Slaughterhouse

    On this episode of the Animal Law Podcast, I speak with Cristina Stella, a managing attorney at the Animal Legal Defense Fund, about ALDF v Foster Poultry Farms, currently pending in Superior Court in Merced County, California. This fascinating case is rooted in a provision of the California state constitution governing water use. I have to say even I was shocked…

    Animal Law Podcast #73: The Case of the Missing Ice

    Animal Law Podcast #73: The Case of the Missing Ice

    On this episode of the Animal Law Podcast, I speak with Emily Jeffers of the  Center for Biological Diversity about the 9th Circuit’s recent decision in Center for Biological Diversity v Haaland, in which the court decided that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s sudden about face, in 2017, on whether the Pacific Walrus is subject to the protections of the Endangered Species…

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

ken swensen ,

an expert guide

Great podcast for animal advocates that want to understand the power and shortcomings of our legal system. Mariann is an expert guide. She's smart, informed, funny - and has engaging conversations with committed legal activists.

caroline voldstad ,

Necessary and enjoyable

This podcast offers such an engaging and accessible way to dive into so many of the different branches of animal law and animal welfare issues- highly recommend! Great tone of humor also woven into these intense issues

Juanita O'Brien ,

Engaging and informative

I’ve learned a great deal about animals and the law from this podcast and appreciate the host’s no-nonsense speaking style and biting humor.

Top Podcasts In Society & Culture

You Might Also Like