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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 • 76 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 #67: The Case of the Intertwined Suffering of Pigs and People

    Animal Law Podcast #67: The Case of the Intertwined Suffering of Pigs and People

    On this episode of the Animal Law Podcast, host Mariann Sullivan welcomes Laura Fox, Staff Attorney for Farm Animal Protection at The Humane Society of the United States, to talk about the 4th Circuit's decision in McKiver v Murphy Brown, which has created quite a stir in the animal law world. It is a story which we have all heard before -- neighbors of pig factory farms in North Carolina whose homes, some of which have been in their families for generations, have been rendered close to uninhabitable by the stench and degradation of the environment caused by nearby pig factory farms. The reason that this case stands out in particular for animal advocates is the extraordinary concurrence by Judge James Harvie Wilkinson III, which not only finds merit in the plaintiffs' arguments, but sympathizes with the animals whose misery and confinement are not only horrific, but are part and parcel of the harms created by these facilities. You are not going to want to miss this episode.



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    • 59 min
    Animal Law Podcast #66: The Case of the California Sales Bans

    Animal Law Podcast #66: The Case of the California Sales Bans

    On this episode of the Animal Law Podcast, host Mariann Sullivan welcomes back Rebecca Cary of the Humane Society of the United States to speak about the recent decision from the Ninth Circuit in North American Meat Institute v Becerra, in which the court upheld Proposition 12 in the face of arguments by the plaintiff that it violates the Dormant Commerce Clause.



    Proposition 12 is, of course, the California ballot initiative that, among other things, imposed a sales ban in California on products that don't comply with certain California laws regarding the treatment of certain farmed animals. As they discuss on this episode, sales bans are a vital tool in protecting states' ability to make their laws regarding the treatment of animals effective, and they are, as a result, vehemently opposed by animal use industries. This is an important case, indeed.



    Rebecca Cary is a Senior Staff Attorney at The Humane Society of the United States, where she has worked since 2010 in the Animal Protection Litigation section. The bulk of her work focuses on farm animals and constitutional defense litigation. She graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 2009, where she successfully petitioned the school to include an animal law class in its curriculum.



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    • 52 min
    Animal Law Podcast #65: The Case of the Not-So-"Natural" Chicken

    Animal Law Podcast #65: The Case of the Not-So-"Natural" Chicken

    This month’s episode of Animal Law Podcast with host Mariann Sullivan is here! In this episode, Mariann speaks with Jay Shooster, Associate and Animal Welfare Legal Fellow at Richman Law Group. In their discussion of advertising complaints filed against Tyson with the Federal Trade Commission, Jay provides insight into the critical animal welfare, environmental, and labor violations brought before the meat giant. A can’t-miss episode, Jay dissects Tyson’s problematic use of the word “natural” to describe its animal agriculture operations and discusses the company’s unsafe working conditions.



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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Animal Law Podcast #64: The Case of the Missing Migratory Birds

    Animal Law Podcast #64: The Case of the Missing Migratory Birds

    On this episode of the Animal Law Podcast, I am once again lucky enough to be speaking with Eric Glitzenstein, this time about a recent resounding success for animals, specifically birds, in Natural Resources Defense Council v US Dept. of the Interior. This case involves a recent "opinion" issued by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, which, since its issuance, has dramatically reinterpreted the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to reduce protections for birds by requiring that the only covered acts are ones that are "directed" at birds. Yikes! As seems obvious, birds are most frequently put in danger in the modern world because they are in someone's way, not just because someone sets out to kill them on purpose. Fortunately a conglomeration of advocacy groups got together and cried foul (or fowl!)(sorry). And, fortunately, the Southern District of New York agreed. And, to add to the good fortune, we have Eric, a true model of the consummate legal qualities of passion and clarity, here to tell us the story.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Animal Law Podcast #63: The Case of the Slaughtered Lambs

    Animal Law Podcast #63: The Case of the Slaughtered Lambs

    On this episode of the Animal Law Podcast, I am delighted to welcome Cheryl Leahy, Executive Vice President of Animal Outlook, about US ex rel. COK v Superior Farms, which arose out of Animal Outlook's investigation into the largest lamb slaughterhouse in the US. This investigation uncovered numerous violations of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act (HMSA) as well as the Federal Meat Inspection Act. Cheryl explains that the ritual halal slaughter performed in this slaughterhouse is NOT exempted from the HMSA, as many believe, but is covered by different rules, which were not followed here. Moreover, since some of the flesh from these lambs was sold to the federal government as halal meat, this created fertile ground for a lawsuit pursuant to the False Claims Act. It is Cheryl's hope that the successful settlement of this suit will be one of many lawsuits brought pursuant to this statute, which has the potential to be a promising avenue for requiring laws protecting animals to be followed, not to mention for protecting the government from being defrauded. Indeed, this case has the potential to serve as a model for lawyers interested in suing animal abusers, helping animals, stopping fraud on the government, and making a few, or maybe more than a few, bucks.

    • 51 min
    Animal Law Podcast #62: The Case of Vegan Butter

    Animal Law Podcast #62: The Case of Vegan Butter

    On this episode of the Animal Law Podcast, I speak once again to Amanda Howell of the Animal Legal Defense Fund about Miyoko's Kitchen v Ross, in which one of our very favorite companies is suing the State of California, specifically its Department of Food and Agriculture, for violating its rights under the First Amendment. The lawsuit arose out of  certain enforcement threats Miyoko's Kitchen received regarding its label for its (utterly delicious) vegan butter. More specifically, the state is troubled that that label is deceptive in that it indicates, inter alia, that the package contains "vegan butter" and that the product inside is "cruelty-free." Recently, the Northern District of California determined that the State's motion to dismiss for lack of ripeness was without merit. Thus, the case is now proceeding, and the court will soon decide whether to grant a preliminary injunction prohibiting the state from moving forward with enforcement. We discuss both the motion to dismiss and the pending motion for a preliminary injunction. Clearly, this case is important not only for the future of Miyoko's Kitchen, but for the future of the many plant-based foods that are designed to remind eaters of animal-based foods with which they are familiar. The stakes are high.

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

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.

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The Guests are Interesting

I enjoy the guests but this gets three stars as i find the host sanctimonious, self-righteous, and narcissistic to a fault that can detract from the issue at hand.

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