Faculty of Law

Paddock to Panel: Students Highlight Animal Laws

Animal law and welfare in the food industry will be discussed in an upcoming panel, run by the Student Environmental Law Society (SELS).

The discussion panel will be held on the 14th of September at 5pm, in Lecture Theatre 1 of the Law Faculty. Read more on the Facebook event page.

The group hopes to discuss poignant current issues in animal law with the speakers and attendees, including live exports, salmon farming and animal cruelty.

“Animal law is really diverse. It spans all levels of law,” stated Frances Medlock, President of SELS.

“It can be anything from council regulations about dog control, through to laws regarding animal testing and welfare in the agricultural industry.”

“We’ve invited experts and practitioners who work in areas around the Australian food industry and animal welfare to speak on the panel,” Salman Shah, SELS Secretary, said.

Speakers include Dr Meg Good, an Adjunct Lecturer of animal law to the UTAS Law School. She will be travelling from Sydney, where she now works as the Animal Law and Education Manager at Voiceless, the Animal Protection Institute.

Dr Jed Goodfellow, who lectures in Animal Law at Macquarie University and works as a senior Policy Officer for RSPCA Australia, will also be sharing his knowledge.

“Dr Jed Goodfellow wrote his PhD on the inadequacy of welfare regulation. He will be drawing on this to talk about agricultural regulation, with a focus on the poultry code, which recently came up for review”, Frances said.

Cassy O’Connor, the leader of the Tasmanian Greens, as well as Chris Simcox, an animal rights activist at Animals Tasmania and the Animal Justice Party, will also speak at the event.

“The event is free and open to everybody. We hope that not just students, but the general community will come along”, Frances said.

To highlight the growing alternatives to using animal products in the food industry, SELS will be providing vegan catering on the night.

SELS began four years ago, but an influx of students at the beginning of this year encouraged the group to explore different areas of environmental law.

“We’ve incorporated animal law as one of our focusses as of 2018”, Frances said.

“We’ve had an introductory animal law lecture which was run by Dr Meg Good.”

“We’ve also had a workshop on submission writing with Phillipa McCormack. That opened the way for Salman Shah and YuanYu Tsai to write a submission about faunal extinction to the current Senate Inquiry.”

Story by Rachel Hay.

Published on: 08 Sep 2018 4:28pm