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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

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Animal Law Podcast #53: A Meaty Constitutional Discussion

I speak with Professor Sherry Colb of Cornell Law School along with one of her students, Jareb Gleckel about a recent article they have co-written about the ongoing, wide-ranging legislation that seeks to limit and in some case criminalize the types of labels that can be used for plant-based foods. We start with a decision that is commonly known as the Missouri Tofurkey Case. We have a lengthy discussion around the Constitutional issues that are brought up by this case and other cases like it. Sherry and Jareb also lead us through a discussion about the implications for these cases, and some potential alternative options for litigating these cases. It's a fascinating and lengthy discussion that you're sure to find informative.

1hr 24mins

30 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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Animal Law Podcast #37: Justin Marceau on the Animal Welfare Act

On this episode of the Animal Law Podcast, I’m bringing you something a little different. I speak with Justin Marceau not about a litigated case, but about the Animal Welfare Act and his recent Hastings Law Journal article, “How The […]

45mins

27 Jun 2018

Rank #2

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Animal Law Podcast #33: Harvard’s Animal Law & Policy Program

On this episode of the Animal Law Podcast, Mariann will be speaking with three educators from Harvard’s Animal Law & Policy Program. Faculty Director Kristen Stilt, Executive Director Chris Green, and Policy Director Jonathan Lovvorn. They take Mariann on a […]

49mins

1 Mar 2018

Rank #3

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Animal Law Podcast #36: The Case of the Antibiotics for Dinner

On this episode of the Animal Law Podcast, I speak with Kim Richman of the Richman Law Group about several different cases he is working on that are all tied together by the theme of “truth in advertising.” We discuss […]

50mins

30 May 2018

Rank #4

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Animal Law Podcast #20: James Whitlock and Douglas Ruley and the Cherokee Bear Zoo Case

Welcome to the 20th episode of the Animal Law Podcast! Today, Mariann is joined by Jamie Whitlock and Doug Ruley, who focus on environmental law at Davis & Whitlock, P.C., in Asheville, North Carolina. Jamie has litigated numerous environmental and land use […]

54mins

25 Jan 2017

Rank #5

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Animal Law Podcast #54: The Case of the Psychologically Unprotected Primates

I speak with Katherine Meyer, Director of the Animal Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard as well as a visiting assistant clinical professor of law at the university. She also brings along two students of hers, Brett Richey and Boanne Wassink, and the three of them speak to me about the very first case filed by the Animal Law and Policy Clinic. The case involves a petition for rulemaking filed with the USDA by their clients trying to get the agency to write rules interpreting the requirements in the Animal Welfare Act requiring psychological enrichment for primates. They also talk about the work that the Animal Law and Policy Clinic is doing and what she hopes to accomplish including the clinic's work to improve the Animal Welfare Act.

46mins

27 Nov 2019

Rank #6

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Animal Law Podcast #19: Bryan Pease and the Kapporot Case

Welcome to the 19th episode of the Animal Law Podcast! Today, Mariann is joined by attorney Bryan Pease. Bryan’s law practice focuses on government transparency and freedom of speech and assembly, as well as the protection of animals, the environment, and consumers. […]

39mins

28 Dec 2016

Rank #7

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Animal Law Podcast #24: Jenni James and the Case of Bow-Hunting Cruelty

Welcome to the 24th episode of the Animal Law Podcast! Mariann is joined by Jenni James, counsel for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Foundation. Through lawsuits, support for new legislation, and other legal efforts, Jenni pushes authorities to […]

39mins

24 May 2017

Rank #8

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Animal Law Podcast #25: Collette Adkins and A Case Against Trump

Welcome to the 25th episode of the Animal Law Podcast! Mariann is joined by Collette Adkins, Senior Attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity in the Endangered Species Program, who focuses on combating exploitation and cruel treatment of rare wildlife.  On this episode, […]

44mins

28 Jun 2017

Rank #9

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Animal Law Podcast #27: Matthew Strugar and The Case Against Ag-Gag

Welcome to the 27th episode of the Animal Law Podcast! Mariann is joined by Matthew Strugar, who tells us about a Federal judge’s decision to declare Utah’s ag-gag law unconstitutional. The Ag Gag Law was part of a movement among agricultural states to stop […]

55mins

23 Aug 2017

Rank #10

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Animal Law Podcast #26: Jonathan Lovvorn and the Case Against Factory Farm Air Pollution

Welcome to the 26th episode of the Animal Law Podcast! Mariann is joined by Jonathan Lovvorn, Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel for Animal Protection Litigation at The Humane Society of the United States, where he has litigated extensively on behalf of […]

46mins

26 Jul 2017

Rank #11

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Animal Law Podcast #35: The Case of the “Harassed” Hunters

On this episode of the Animal Law Podcast, Mariann speaks with Sarah Hanneken, a litigation fellow at the Animal Legal Defense Fund, about the case of Brown v. Kemp, which was recently brought in federal District Court in Wisconsin. The […]

47mins

25 Apr 2018

Rank #12

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Animal Law Podcast #50: Justin Marceau on Animal Law and Criminal Punishment

On this episode of the Animal Law Podcast, I speak once again with Justin Marceau, author of the new book Beyond Cages: Animal Law and Criminal Punishment. We discuss what types of cruelty he believes are appropriate for prosecution, why the prosecution system around institutionalized abuse towards animals is so different from other social justice movements and why that's not a good thing; and how the the punishments we traditionally use for animal cruelty crimes only create more crime.

55mins

24 Jul 2019

Rank #13

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Animal Law Podcast #22: Adam Milasincic, Matthew Liebman and the Case Against Landry’s

Welcome to the 22nd episode of the Animal Law Podcast! Today, Mariann is joined by Matthew Liebman, Director of Litigation at the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and Adam Milasincic, trial lawyer with the Houston firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C.  Matthew and […]

43mins

29 Mar 2017

Rank #14

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Animal Law Podcast #42: The Case of the Tormented Tigers

Mariann talks to Brittany Peet, the director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement at PETA, about their efforts to use the Endangered Species Act to help some tiger cubs and other animals who have been subjected to some truly troublesome maltreatment at the rather disturbingly named organization Wildlife In Need, a roadside exhibitor in Indiana.

44mins

28 Nov 2018

Rank #15

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Animal Law Podcast #43: The Case of the Meaning of “Meat”

On this episode of the Animal Law Podcast I speak to Amanda Howell, a Staff Attorney at the Animal Legal Defense Fund, about a lawsuit that was recently brought in federal court in Missouri seeking to invalidate, as unconstitutional, a law that prohibits the producers of plant-based and cell-based products from misrepresenting those products as "meat."

52mins

27 Dec 2018

Rank #16

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Animal Law Podcast #38: The Case of the Missing Facebook Comments

Mariann is joined by Gabriel Walters, Counsel and Manager of Legislative Affairs for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Foundation and PETA Research Associate Jeremy Beckham to discuss the very intriguing case of PETA suing Texas A&M University for what it asserts are violations of the First Amendment in shutting out all comments on the University's Facebook page regarding their research on golden retrievers.

41mins

24 Jul 2018

Rank #17

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Animal Law Podcast #44: The Cases That Saved the Sales Bans

On this episode of the Animal Law Podcast I speak to Jonathan Lovvorn about some recent cases that attempted to invalidate statutory bans on the sale of particularly cruel products, including caged eggs, foie gras, and other products produced in extreme confinement, in California and Massachusetts. These cases, which involve, among other subjects, Constitutional issues of federal preemption and the dormant commerce clause, were recently denied an appeal to the Supreme Court, which is very good news for animals.

47mins

30 Jan 2019

Rank #18

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Animal Law Podcast #49: The Case of Pilgrim’s Pride’s Shame

On this episode of the Animal Law Podcast, I speak with Laura Fox of the Humane Society of the United States about administrative efforts to address false and deceptive advertising from Pilgrim's Pride regarding their treatment of chickens.  These efforts include a complaint made to the Federal Trade Commission asking it to investigate the advertising and enjoin Pilgrim’s Pride from continuing to issue misleading claims pertaining to animal welfare, as well as subsequent requests for similar enforcement to state consumer protection agencies and attorneys general. Additionally, a complaint was made to the Securities and Exchange Commission about possible stakeholder fraud in violation of federal securities laws, also pertaining to the false and deceptive claims made by Pilgrim’s Pride about humane treatment.

40mins

26 Jun 2019

Rank #19

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Animal Law Podcast #32: The Case of the Enslaved Elephants

On this episode of the Animal Law Podcast,  Mariann will be speaking once again with Steven Wise, who heads up the Nonhuman Rights Project, and who was last on the podcast on Episodes 1 and 2 to tell us about […]

55mins

31 Jan 2018

Rank #20