Wednesday, March 3, 2010

WE ANIMALS: McGill Symposium & Exhibit on Animal Law

**Up-Coming event invitation!**

From March 8th to 11th 2010, the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund at McGill will be hosting a symposium and photography exhibit on animal law. It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the following events scheduled to take place at the McGill Faculty of Law:

Photography Exhibit (March 8th-11th)
The exhibit will feature the work of prominent Canadian photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, whose unique talent brings awareness to animal issues in powerful ways. The photographs will be drawn from her current project, We Animals (, which captures human interactions with animals in a way that allows the viewer to find new meaning in unnoticed situations of use, abuse and sharing of spaces.

Switzerland Leading the Way: A Presentation by the World's Only Public Animal Welfare Lawyer, Dr. Antoine F. Goetschel (March 9th at 5:30 pm)
Dr. Antoine F. Goetschel will speak on advancements in animal welfare legislation in Switzerland as well as his role as the world's first and only public animal welfare lawyer in Zurich, Switzerland. In court, Dr. Goetschel acts much like a public prosecutor, safeguarding the interests of animal victims in criminal cases. It is his job to enforce the Swiss Federal Animal Protection Act, enacted in 2008, which is generally regarded as one of the most progressive pieces of animal protection legislation in the world. In addition, Dr. Goetschel will speak on the current Swiss popular initiative that proposes to compel all 26 cantons of Switzerland to appoint a public animal welfare lawyer.

Perspectives on Animal Law: A Panel of Experts from Switzerland, Canada and the U.S. (March 10th at 6:00 pm)
Experts from three different countries will engage in a panel discussion exploring the current state of animal welfare law in Canada and abroad, as well as perspectives for future development. Speakers include David Wolfson, professor of animal law at Columbia Law School, Dr. Antoine Goetschel, the world's first and only public animal welfare lawyer, and Alanna Devine, current Director of Animal Welfare at the Montreal SPCA.

Vernissage & Reception (March 10th at 7:45 pm)
Join us in the Atrium of the Faculty of Law after the panel discussion for an exclusive evening with photographer Jo-Anne McArthur. Several of her pieces will be up for sale, healthful and ethical food & drinks will be provided, and raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win gift certificates to Montreal vegetarian restaurants and a free photo/portrait shoot with McArthur in Toronto. Proceeds raised this evening will go to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Montreal SPCA, and Fauna Foundation.

We hope to see you there!

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Student Animal Legal Defense Fund at McGill
Faculty of Law, McGill University
Montreal. Quebec

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